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Stars participate in new ‘Korean Dream’ reunification song

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Korean celebrities including K-pop stars have participated in recording a new version of the “Korean Dream” song that aims to drum up global support for the reunification of Korea.

A total of 59 Korean singers and five elementary students, collectively called One K Stars, lent their voices to the track, which is the theme song of the 2019 One Korea Global Campaign.

Participating artists include (clockwise from top left) KARD, Im Chang Jung, ASTRO, Sonamoo, TRCNG and Laboum. (Twitter)

Participating artists include (clockwise from top left) KARD, Im Chang Jung, ASTRO, Sonamoo, TRCNG and Laboum. (Twitter)

They are Im Chang Jung, Jung In, Laboum, Momoland, April, Ha Na Kang, Sonamoo, Jung Joon Young, Biya, TRCNG, Cheetah, Johan Kim, Ali, Dreamcatcher, KARD, Lee Sangmin, Kong Seoyoung, Juniel, and Na Ra Kang, and five students from Daeseong-dong Elementary School, which is located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Another version of “Korean Dream” was recorded by six-member boy band ASTRO.

Daeseong-dong Elementary School became known when two of its students gave flowers to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when he set foot on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area at the DMZ together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the Inter-Korean Summit in April last year.

“Korean Dream” was originally composed by Grammy-winning songwriters and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was first unveiled in Manila in March 2017 during the “One K 2017 Global Peace Concert” that showcased K-pop stars SHINee, CNBLUE, B.A.P, B1A4, BTOB, AOA, and Psy.

For the Korean remake, composer Kim Hyung-suk produced the song while Kim Eana, who wrote IU’s “Good Day,” penned the lyrics.

The song was released ahead of Korea’s March 1 Independence Movement Centennial, an uprising that happened on March 1, 1919 against Japanese occupation. It will be performed at the One K Concert on March 1 in Seoul where more than 20 artists will participate.

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