Wild Rocambole Band _ Tallae Umakdan in Korean _ an all-female band of six North Korean defectors will release their first album here this August. Most studied at music schools in North Korea, or performed with state-run troupes.
Included on the album is “Hong Kong Lady,’’ one of the most beloved trot songs in South Korea along with several songs they learned in North Korea.
Leader Han Ok-jung, 28, who escaped the North in June 1998 is good at singing and Chinese while dancer Heo Su-hyang, 22, who fled in 2001, is well-versed in apparatus gymnastics and singing.
Kang Yoo-eun from Pyongyang, and Lim Yoo-kyung from North Hamkyong Province, both 19, sing and play the accordion.
To protect their families who remain in the North, two of the members, who are now South Korean citizens, use false names.
By Kim Sue-young