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Original member of Korean folk band C`est Si Bon makes a comeback in 48 years

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Original member of Korean folk band C`est Si Bon makes a comeback in 48 years

Its an generation where other people can are living for one hundred years. Numerous days are forward of me. I made up our minds to accomplish back at the degree for the dream that I had to sacrifice to give a spice up to my family, acknowledged Lee Ik-gyun, 68, some of the long-established individuals of Koreas mythical folk track band C`est Si Bon Trio. When Lee seemed in a native communicate display program, he used to be complimented for his low-register voice. His voice over the telephone sounded low yet cheerful.

Lee, Jo Young-nam, Yoon Hyung-ju and Kim Se-hwan will carry out 2015 C`est Si Bon and Buddies Concert Season 2 at the Sejong middle of Appearing Arts on Sep. 26 and 27. As the concert enters the season 2 after four years because the C`est Si Bon concert began in 2011, Lee made a decision to signal up for on the stage after a 48-year-long break. In the film C`est Si Bon, which opened in local theaters previous this year, the foremost persona Oh Geun-tae (played through Korean actor Jeong Woo) is in keeping with Lees genuine story.

Different from the motion picture story, I'm truly not the user that betrays chums for love, Lee said. He joined the folk band when he studied civil engineering at Yonsei University. Lee took a damage from faculty to grow to be a singer but he had to sign up for the military in 1968 after receiving a realize of enlistment. Afterwards, he gave up on his dream and were running for a structure corporate for 40 years. i determined to live the 2d one existence thank you to C`est Si Bon band members, said Lee, who currently got here back to Korea after completing a bridge construction assignment in Nepal.

During the 2-hour-long concert, C`est Si Bon and company will provide old pop songs adding When the Saint pass Marching In, which become played in the movie. Audiences will also experience their own songs reminiscent of We could Go on a Trip, Hwagae Market, Closed Clam Shells, and Thorn Tree Bird. Trot singer Jo Jeong-min, the concerts guest, will sing Bumble Bee, unhappy Movies, and A Long Hair woman with C`est Si Bon members. Jo Young-nam said, Thanks to Lee Ik-gyun with low-register voice and feminine singer Jo Jeong-min, vocal sounds of the concert have turned into enriched, more than ever.

At a local radio prove in 2009, Jo Young-nam, Lee Jang-hee, Song Chang-sik, Yoon Hyung-ju and Kim Se-hwan, who were the C`est Si Bon members, accrued all in combination for the primary time in 40 years. Kim said, whilst were practicing for the concert, we have got an excellent teamwork as though we separated just yesterday. As now Lee, the original member of the band, joined the concert, I wish six of us all may just function on the stage at some point in the future.

Im no longer a certified singer like other members. However, on each occasion C`est Si Bon members want me, I can remain with them as we did at that time, said Lee. The concert can be staged at 3 PM and seven PM on Sep. 26 and at 2 PM and six PM on Sep. 27. The price tag costs variety from 88,000 to 165,000 (approx. USD 141.9). For more information, touch 1544-1555.

Professor Oh Discusses Her Work As A Korean Educator With 'Sweet And Tasty TV' [INTERVIEW]

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Professor Oh Discusses Her Work As A Korean Educator With 'Sweet And Tasty TV' [INTERVIEW]

(Photo : Professor Oh) Professor Oh educates Hallyu enthusiasts in the myriad of vernacular and slang that is omnipresent in the Korean language. Through her "Sweet and Tasty TV" program on YouTube, she reaches millions of viewers who tune in to watch the adventures of her on-screen personalities like Billy Jin, a K-pop enthusiast, and Granny Kim, a fun-loving senior. KpopStarz interviewed Professor Oh about her educational work with "Sweet and Tasty TV."

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: Why were you inspired to create educational videos, particularly those who target fans of Korean culture?

Professor Oh: Initially, there were no intentions of creating YouTube content, on a regular basis. I uploaded my first Korean lesson back in 2008 when there were less than five Korean language videos on YouTube. Unexpectedly, quite a number of views accumulated on my first Korean lesson video. A surprising 2 million views.

Due to my audiences demand for more content and my interest in filmmaking, I began uploading videos every week. Much of my audience is made up of K-pop and K-Drama fans. I wanted to share with them a deeper cultural insight on Korea aside from its entertainment aspect.

KpopStarz: Do you watch Korean dramas? If so, what is your favorite series? Which dramas do you think have made the strongest impact on people who would like to learn about Korean culture?

Professor Oh:The latest Korean drama I watched to completion was Misaeng. My favorite Korean drama of all time? I want to say Winter Sonata, however I imagine Id have a different opinion of it watching it today than when it was first released 13 years ago. Boys Over Flowers was cheesier than any pizza Ive ever eaten but was still funny to watch.

Dramas based on historical events and characters seem to have a stronger impact for those interested in learning about Korean culture. K-Dramas like Jewel in the Palace show you the traditions of old Korea. Be mindful that film productions are not percent accurate depictions of the past. These moving pictures are based on references and documented facts. After all, none of us were alive centuries ago.

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: I love your parody videos and on-screen personalities because they help to make difficult subjects easier to understand. Do you find that audiences absorb the lessons you are teaching with more ease than when they are taught by instructors who do not use comedy?

Professor Oh: Humor can go a long way. Entertainment is engaging. It may appear that my various characters were created to increase attention spans, however, they were born from necessity. The Korean language uses honorifics, meaning the way you speak to elders differ from when you speak to your friends. There are common titles such as oppa and unni that I needed to demonstrate to viewers.

My Korean grandmother was thousands of miles away and I didnt know a place to adopt one nearby, so I decided to be my own granny. My native Korean buddies were too shy to act. Thus, I became my own "oppa," "unnie," "hyung," "ahjumma," "ahjussi," and more. At the time, I used to collect wigs for no particular reason. I finally put them to good use and experimented with various looks. Thats how K-pop loving Billy Jin, foodie Taekwon Do, party animal Granny Kim, and the studious Professor Oh were born.

(Photo : Professor Oh ) KpopStarz: What was your first video personality? How do you create new personalities and who serves as your inspiration?

Professor Oh: My first character was Professor Oh. I didnt give too much thought to this character, for the first Korean lesson; I just used my last name and was myself. For a large portion of my YouTube videos, I developed the personality to be more studious and to focus more on topics relating to sightseeing, culture, and history. Lately, in the Korean Culture Corner, Professor Oh is a closer representation of who I am off-camera.

Every character focuses on a particular subject. Each personality is developed based on their main interests. Billy Jin typically does episodes on fashion, K-pop, cafes, trends, and everything girly. Her boyfriend Taekwon Do loves to eat. Anything with food, its handled by this oppa. He has very relaxed eyes partially because hes super laid back, but also because of food coma. Granny Kim? She parties until dawn and loves adding a shot of soju into bowls of bingsoo wherever she goes.

People in my life are my inspiration. Granny Kims best friend Bongja is modeled after my fancy grandmother, who never leaves the house without putting her red lipstick on. She likes to have her hair big and voluminous. Taekwon Do is how I see the typical man: meat-loving, attempting to be a good boyfriend by taking his girl to karaoke, and holding her many shopping bags. Billy Jins mother is inspired by my own mother from ten years ago when she wore mismatching patterns and had permed hair. My mother is much more fashionable now and appears as herself on my videos.

KpopStarz: What is one of your favorite K-pop parodies?

I have a thing for guys dressing up as girls and shaking their booty. You can never go wrong with parodies where male comedians dress in scandalous clothes and perform Brown Eyed Girls Abracadabra and Girls Generation Gee. PSY"s covers of Beyonces Single Ladies is gold. That man can dance.

KpopStarz: Who is your favorite K-pop act?

Professor Oh: As much as I enjoy a wide range of K-pop singers, I am particularly in love with YG Family. Big Bang and 2NE1 for life. I fantasize about becoming an art director so I can be part of their epic music video production. Or at least go behind-the-scenes and contribute to their creative process. Dream on.

KpopStarz: Do you think foreigners have more difficulty with understanding the Korean language than culture? If so, why?

Professor Oh: Everything is relative. If youve grown up in an Asian household, it may be easier to understand Korean culture than learning the language. If you have a knack for learning languages but was raised in a culture far from Asia, perhaps understanding the Korean language is easier. In any case, the best way to learn any language and culture is to go to the source: its native country.

KpopStarz: What are some of your future plans? Where would you like to see "Sweet and Tasty TV" go, in the future?

Professor Oh: I have an idea jar overflowing with where Id like to take "Sweet And Tasty TV." For one, I am in the very early stages of writing a book using my characters. The basic plot is down, but somehow Ill have to find the time to develop it into a full-fledging book. My focus is currently more towards producing content for my YouTube channel and website. Viewers often ask me to continue Snack Tub Korea, so perhaps I shall. Stay tuned.

Former Sugar Member Ayumi to pass back to Korean tv With Appearance on “Witch Hunt”

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Former Sugar Member Ayumi to pass back to Korean tv With Appearance on “Witch Hunt”

Girl group Sugar‘s former member Ayumi might be returning to the Korean entertainment scene with a guest appearance on JTBC‘s communicate display “Witch Hunt.”

An partner from JTBC told the media on September 28 that Ayumi will be a guest at the show, adding, “We’ve made up our minds to invite her to the prove after hearing that she is thinking of having a comeback in Korea.”

This would be the former idol star’s first comeback to the Korean television in nine years. She released her solo album “Cutie Honey” in 2006. She has been most commonly active in Japan, below the degree name ICONIQ.

Ayumi’s episode of “Witch Hunt” will air on October 9.

Ayumi debuted as a member of Sugar in 2002, with Park Soo JinHwang Jung Eum, and Yook Hye Seung.

Photo Of TASTY Twins With Z.Tao Incites Outrage Among Korean Fans

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Photo Of TASTY Twins With Z.Tao Incites Outrage Among Korean Fans

Online K-pop forums are abuzz as former EXO member Tao (Huang Zitao, now known by the stage name Z.Tao) and the twins of TASTY (Jung Soryong and Jung Daeryong) snap a photo together after the former"s recent solo performance.

On August 24, Chinese-Korean duo TASTY shared a set of photos on their official Weibo account celebrating the completion of Z.Tao"s show in China. "The solo concert has finished! It was a great performance," the twins wrote on their Chinese social media account. The photos attached to the post showed Tao performing on stage, some food he received in honor of his solo tour, and most notably a selfie of the three polarizing K-pop stars.

Newsen reported that the brother duo had gone to cheer on Z.Tao. Both TASTY and the EXO member are currently seeking to have their exclusive contracts in South Korea terminated in order to freely pursue activities in China.

In response to the pictures, online commenters in South Korea have weighed in with their opinions, with many expressing feelings of outrage and betrayal.

"This is why I hate groups with foreign members. It"s hard to like them and you can always count on them to go back to their countries once they"ve made enough money and popularity. Fans who gave them their everything during their promos are left with nothing but memories," one user expressed, as translated by Netizenbuzz.

"At least Tao has being an ex-EXO member to his name, what does Tasty have going for them other than being nugus [lesser known groups]?" another posted.

Many more also called the singers traitors while one user in particular addressed the differences between Korean and international fan reactions to these lawsuits, stating: "What"s funny is that they"re the ones who betrayed us but if you go on YouTube, all of the foreigners are saying that Tao was treated like a slave and call him "our poor Tao" and promise to support him forever."

TASTY departed from Korea early in July, saying that they would be continuing their careers in China. Woollim Entertainment, TASTY"s management company, expressed their confusion over the duo"s departure and last week announced that they will pursue legal action against the brothers for violating their contract.

Tao left EXO back in April without much explanation beyond a letter from his father asking for Tao to leave the group. Then, on July 23, he released his solo album TAO. SM Entertainment replied by removing access to Tao"s music video on YouTube and continued to insist that both parties were in talks.

However, on August 24 Tao officially filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to officially terminate his contract.

Korean Rock Band YB To Hold 20th Anniversary Concert

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Korean Rock Band YB To Hold 20th Anniversary Concert

(Photo : Facebook) Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Korean rock band YB will hold a special concert for their fans.

The band (also referred to as Yoonband or Yoon Do Hyun Band)rose in popularity during the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, for their soccer anthem "Oh Pilseung Korea." YB"s popularity continued after the band appeared on the show I Am A Singerin 2011.

YB"s 20th anniversary concert will be held from Oct. 15 to 18 at the LG Arts Center in Southern Seoul, South Korea. The title of their concert will be 20-Year-Old.

After their anniversary concert, the rock band will tour nine cities around South Korea, including Daegu, Busan, and Changwon until the end of the year.

The rock band YB consists Yoon Do Hyun, Heojun, Kim Jin Won, Park Tae Hee, and Scott Hellowell. The rock band is known for their explosive and dynamic live performances. They are influenced by classic rock groups with added modern elements. The group also combines their music with contemporary Korean cultural identity.

YB Band; "Oh Pilseung Korea"

VIXX’s Ken has been reportedly working with a member of a popular girl band for the launch of the next duet

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VIXX’s Ken  has been  reportedly working with a member of a popular girl band for the launch of the next duet

VIXX member Ken’s mystery duet partner has finally been revealed!

On June 20, VIXX’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Ken holding hands with a girl group member, who has been unveiled as his singing partner.

After leaving small hints as to who Kens partner would be, it has finally be made known that he will be joining hands with trending star Hani of EXID for an upcoming collaboration track, which is set to be released this coming June 24.

2015. 06. 24. #빅스 #켄. With her. pic.twitter.com/yu3UTbn6Yh

— RealVIXX (@RealVIXX) June 19, 2015

The title of Ken and Hani’s duet song is “Gap” (tentative English title). In the teaser photo revealed on this day, the two idol stars can be seen holding hands as Hani leans her head gently on Ken’s shoulder.

Are you excited to hear their duet track?

Girls' Generation Member Sooyoung And Other Top Korean Stars Attend Louis Vuitton 'Series 2' Exhibit In Seoul

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Girls' Generation Member Sooyoung And Other Top Korean Stars Attend Louis Vuitton 'Series 2' Exhibit In Seoul

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has brought its "SERIES 2 - Past, Present, Future" exhibition to Seoul!According to the brand, "this exhibition invites visitors to discover Nicolas Ghesquire"s inspirations for his third ready-to-wear show as the Artistic Director for women"s collections at Louis Vuitton."

The prestigious fashion event was held in Seoul"s D Tower and was attended by numerous A-List stars from the entertainment industry. Girls" Generation"s Sooyoung arrived in a white dress with sheer cutouts straight from the Spring 2015 runway. She accessorized her look with a $7,845 Petite Malle Epi Trunk purse. Sooyoung"s labelmate f(x)"s Sulli also wore an all-white ensemble from the same collection and finished off her look with a $3,070 Twist Malletage purse.

Other celebrities who attended the event were actress Bae Doo Na, model Hong Jong Hyun, leading man Lee Jung Jae, and many more!

Louis Vuitton described the showcase as "a journey into the designer"s mind, allowing visitors to grasp how he approaches and reinterprets stylistic codes at the 160 year-old fashion and luxury house. The exhibition also lets visitors explore how Ghesquire"s vision inspires current creations and how it will shape the future of Louis Vuitton."

Guests watched 3-D projections, saw installations of runways clothes, viewed photo collages of the brand"s changing aesthetic through the ages, and even watched live demonstrations of designing and crafting by employees.

You can check out the amazing red carpet fashion and a small preview of the exhibit below!

About the Author: Elsa is the founder, head writer, and editor of KPopBreak.com. She"s a coffee addict, K-pop enthusiast, fashion lover and one of the few remaining members of the Church of Kristianity.

Jung Joon Young appeared to have set to return to the Four-Member Band with the launch of Teaser picture

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Jung Joon Young  appeared   to  have  set to  return to the  Four-Member Band with  the  launch of  Teaser   picture

Singer and TV personality Jung Joon Young is making a comeback, this time as part of a four-member band.

Jung Joon Young’s label CJ EM announced their plans for the band, “Jung Joon Young formed a band that he has been preparing for a while. Jung Joon Young Band is not just simply an event. The plan is for the band to release albums regularly following [their debut]. This upcoming album is basically Jung Joon Young Band’s debut album.”

In the teaser photo, Jung Joon Young can be seen in the car posing with his three bandmates, guitarist Jo Dae Min, bassist Jung Suk Won, and drummer Lee Hyun Gyu.

All three are known to be already established musicians in the indie music scene. Guitarist Jo Dae Min is a former member of popular band Vanilla Unit that regularly guested at Seo Taiji’s concerts. Bassist Jung Suk Won is a former member of Munch and Fantastic Drugstore; Lee Hyun Gyu is a former member of Munch as well as “Superstar K” contestant Bell Band.

Meanwhile, Jung Joon Young Band is slated to drop their debut album on May 27. What do you think about Jung Joon Young’s re-debut as part of a band?

Jung Joon Young to make his comeback in a four-member band

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Jung Joon Young to make his comeback in a four-member band

Jung Joon Young will make his return to the music scene, not as a solist but as a member of a band.

CJ EM announced on May 15th,"Jung Joon Young has been preparing for this band for a long time. The band isn"t just a temporary simple event but they will be releasing albums regularly. This new album will be the debut album of Jung Joon Young band".

A teaser image of a band was also revealed with Jung Joon Young and the other three members sitting inside a van and posing cooly. The band consists of a vocalist, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. The other three were said to be talented musicians who have already gained their reputation in the indie music scene.

Jung Joon Young band will release their new album on May 27th.

Jung Joon Young to make his comeback as part of 4-member band "Jung Joon Young Band"

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Jung Joon Young to make his comeback as part of 4-member band

Singer Jung Joon Young will be making his music comeback not as a soloist, but as a 4-member band, simply but clearly named "Jung Joon Young Band", on May 27!

His company CJ EM announced the news on May 15, clarifying that this isn"t a temporary special event, but that the band will continue releasing albums.

Jung Joon Young uploaded the above photo showing himself and revealing his three other members looking cool inside a vehicle. His band is complete with a vocalist, a guitarist, bassist, and drummer. The three other members are said to be very established in the indie music scene.

Guitarist Jo Dae Min is currently a member of indie band "Vanilla Unity", whose group has performed as a guest band for Seo Tae Ji"s concert before.

Bassist Jung Seok Won is a former member of band "Munch" and "Fantasic Drugstore". Drummer Lee Hyun Kyu is also a former member of the band "Munch" and has also appeared in "Superstar-K" as part of the "Bell Band".

It looks like Jung Joon Young has recruited some awesome musicians in Korea, so be sure to look out for the band"s music release on May 27!

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