British singer Joss Stone has played for a bar in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of her mission to perform in every country in the world.
Writing on Instagram, Stone said she taught a Korean folk song called Arirang specifically for the trip: “I am learning a song called arrirang which apparently is the national song of Korea as a whole which is nice.”
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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
The Devon-born singer was aided into the isolated country by tour guide Simon Cockerell, who runs Koryo Tours.
While the US state department has issued an advisory prohibiting Americans from visiting North Korea due to a “serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of US nationals”, British citizens are not barred from the country.
However, the UK Foreign Office advises against travel that isn’t essential and warning that any tour group’s advice should be followed to ensure visitors personal safety is not put at risk.
Stone’s Total World Tour has already seen her perform in Iraq, Syria, and Tajikistan.
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We made it into #syria #kurdistan it was a little scary crossing the border as of course we have absolutely no idea what might transpire, we just have to trust the people on the ground that are advising us and looking after us. This was the beginning , it was cold and wet but also so nice to meet such welcoming kind people . #syria deserves not to be ignored #kurdistan deserves not to be ignored . There is a lot of hurt here coming from all sorts of different directions. I heard that isis surrendered yesterday but that doesn’t mean it’s all over for the Syrian people or the Kurdish people , it is so complicated , a story I’m not in a position to tell you but all I can say is that I have learnt a lot from my short time there and I hope that peace will come to every one on all sides soon . #totalworldtour
The singer has documented much of the experience on Instagram, earlier this month writing about her experience crossing the border into Syria, before travelling into Iraq: “It was a little scary crossing the border as of course, we have absolutely no idea what might transpire, we just have to trust the people on the ground that are advising us and looking after us”.
Photo via Joss Stone’s Instagram