Joss Stone in DPRK sing’s Arirang, the song “often considered to be the anthem of Korea”, “sung today in both North & S Korea, a symbol of unity in an otherwise divided region.”
Arirang: Korean folk song ft. Joss Stone - North Korea
2/This is Joss Stone 👇
3/Joss Stone & kindred spirit Kang So Hyon singing Arirang 👇:
“Our North Korea collaboration was a little different, our focus was mainly on a song called Arirang which is well-known throughout North Korea and South Korea. The old folk song contains a gentle and lyrical melody,
4/"it is about leaving, reunion, sorrow and happiness…The two beautiful tour guides Ri So Hyang and Kang So Hyon who helped look after us, did a lovely duet together and sang the song beautifully.”

Arirang (yrics):

“Arirang, arirang, arariyo...
You are going over Arirang hill.
5/"My love, you are leaving me
Your feet will be sore before you go ten ri.

Just as there are many stars in the clear sky,
There are also many dreams in our heart.

There, over there, that mountain is Baekdu Mountain,
Where, even in the middle of winter days, flowers bloom.”
6/It's amazing to see British superstar soul singer Joss Stone and DPRK tour guide Kang So Hyon singing Arirang, relating to the sad story of the song that's about the "truth of love", like soul sisters. Which shows that enmity can be overcome thru love, culture & understanding.

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