North Korean all-female pop band cancels Beijing concert, returns home - An all-female pop band from North Korea formed by the country's supreme leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday canceled a concert in Beijing without any prior information because of "communication issues" and returned to Pyongyang, Chinese media and the concert venue said.
The Moranbong Band was in Beijing along with North Korea's State Merited Chorus and was due to perform at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts.
The band is the pet project of Kim as he wants to leave his personal influence on the arts of the country. Some staff at the venue said the show had been canceled for "some unknown reason".
Chinese news portal Sohu reported that the all-female pop group from North Korea had returned home. China's official Xinhua news agency, citing unidentified "relevant departments", said the performances "cannot be staged as scheduled due to communication issues at the working level".
"China attached high importance to the cultural exchanges with the DPRK, and was ready to continue to work with it to promote the bilateral exchanges and cooperation in culture and all other areas," it said, using the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Chinese media said the North Korean pop band was scheduled to give three concerts in Beijing.
North Korea's official KCNA news agency on Friday hailed the attention which was band was receiving after arriving in Beijing, saying world media "vie with each other to report about the China visit".
"In July three years ago, Kim Jong Un watched a demonstration performance of the Moranbong Band and appreciated it for having greatly improved all the musical elements - from theme and formation to arrangement, composition of instruments, technical skill and representation," KCNA said earlier in the week.