It has been more than 70 years since the two Koreas were divided by an artificial border in the wake of the Second World War. But even as the decades rush by, and as North Korea’s leader engages in a high-profile nuclear spat with Donald Trump, many retain hope that North and South Korea will once again be united in peace — and through the will of the people.
And on Tuesday — Korea’s National Independence Day — a group of Korean artists, including Korean-born Australian Eurovision star Dami Im, boosted hope with a new charity single entitled “Korean Dream”.
As SBS Australia reports, Dami spoke of the divided Koreas during a press conference held in Seoul on Monday — on the eve of the release of “Korean Dream”.
The “Sound of Silence” star said that she believes that uncomfortable, sensitive and difficult issues such as the reunification of the Korean people can be addressed through the power of music.
The song is the second from the “One K Global Campaign Song Project”, which seeks to raise awareness about Korea and garners support for the reunification of the two countries.
Hit songwriting duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who have written songs for Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and George Michael, penned the single along with singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson.
Speaking to Female First, Lewis expressed his belief that music cuts across borders.
“I think music reaches right into the soul of someone,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what language, doesn’t matter whether you are young or old or where you are from. A great song can really uplift and provide the soundtrack for the people to do whatever it is they want to do.”
The song itself is a ballad made up of various solos, but it also features a traditional choir in the chorus. The artists’ performances ooze empathy, fervour and warmth and that places the song right in the slipstream of other popular charity tracks such as Band Aid and “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.
Let’s us all hope that this warm-hearted project will help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. We are all about love, love and peace, peace here at wiwibloggs and send loads of it to Miss Dami Im.
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