North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

08/30/2013
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(Radio.com) The life of a musician certainly isn't easy, but for North Koreans, it could be deadly. According to SPIN, North Korea executed 12 performers by firing squad last Tuesday (August 20). One of those performers include leader Kim Jong-un's former girlfriend, Hyon Song-wol.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo reports that singer Hyon Song-wol and Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, were arrested on August 17 "for violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public three days later."

Both Hyon and Mun were well-known artists of North Korea. Hyon was a singer with the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, which Chosun Ilbo cites as being "famous for revolutionary and propaganda songs and one of North Korea's most popular bands," while Mun won first place in an international competition in Hungary in 2005.

Additional victims include members of the Unhasu Orchestra, singers, musicians and dancers with the Wangjaesan Light Music Band. more on this story

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