Joss Stone has performed in a bar in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, as part of an ongoing mission to perform in every country on Earth.
The singer posted a video message from Beijing airport shortly before her departure on Tuesday (March 12) in which she informed fans that she was learning the words to ‘Arirang’, the unofficial anthem of Korea, for the performance.
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On our way to #northkorea #pyongyang hopefully by the time I get back I will have learnt some words and will be hopefully pronouncing them properly . I am learning a song called arrirang which apparently is the national song of Korea as a whole which is nice . We won’t have any WiFi or phone signal whilst we are there so if you want to see any pics or video @simonkoryo will be posting a few. Simon is helping us make this trip happen. He is very knowledgable about North Korea and its history having been there over a hundred times he is defiantly the best person to listen to on the subject as far as we are concerned . In just one meeting over a cup of tea he dispelled many myths. So like we do in many country’s we shall blindly and happily follow our new leader! 🙂 we are all very excited to see this part of the world . So much so I couldn’t sleep last night ! This has really been one of the most interesting legs of the #totalworldtour . #spreadthelove far and wide exclude no one xoxox
“Hopefully by the time I get back I will have learnt some words and will be hopefully pronouncing them properly,” she said in the caption to the video, before informing fans that the tour manager Simon Koryo would be their guide in the country.
“In just one meeting over a cup of tea he dispelled many myths,” Stone said. “So like we do in many country’s [sic] we shall blindly and happily follow our new leader! 🙂 we are all very excited to see this part of the world . So much so I couldn’t sleep last night ! This has really been one of the most interesting legs of the #totalworldtour.”
Koryo posted a number of images from the secretive country, including one photo of Stone’s performance at a bar in Pyongyang.
On their way back from North Korea, Koryo also posted a picture of Stone along with her team, describing their performance as an “utterly unique gig, great show, something really special! Let’s do it again with a full band and thousands of local fans not too far in the future!”
Stone also met with the British ambassador to North Korea while in the country, who said on Twitter: “It was lovely to see Joss Stone yesterday in Pyongyang. A chance though to remind that we do, in fact, still advise UK citizens against all but essential travel to North Korea.”
Stone’s tour has also seen her perform in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Tajikistan.