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Going global or just media hype?

“Block B set to perform with Alexandra Burke” “Seungri takes a picture with Ashton Kutcher” “Ian Somerholder from Vampire Diaries Tweets Miss A’s Suzy” Judging by the headlines you would assume that K-pop has managed to take over the world. It never fails to amaze me just how much being seen with an international celebrity […]

Artist Spotlight – Nubim

There’s nothing better than the soothing sounds of Jazz and this can be found in the music by artist and composer Nubim. Nubim, real name Soyoung Kim is a composer, musician and CEO of her own record label Joy-Tone Records. This musician has always had a dream to be an artist studying classical piano and […]

Masquerade (2012)

Masquerade (2012) Director: Choo Chang Min Casts: Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo, Ryoo Seung Ryong, Kim Myung Gon, Kim In Kwon, Shim Eun Kyung Genre: Drama Running Time: 131 minutes Certi: 15 The 15th King of Joseon Dynasty (1450-1750), King Gwanghae (Lee Byung Hun), who has been the King for the past 8 years, […]

Artist Spotlight – Primary

This artist spotlight doesn’t so much feature an artist per se, more a super producer. Primary can be seen as the Korean equivalent of Mark Ronson with his work featuring key artists in the Korean Hip Hop scene. With a smooth and jazzy sound, he brings so much soul to the hip hop community. His […]

Experiencing Culture through Translation

As an individual interested in Korean culture I have always wondered whether I am learning and experiencing Korean culture by proxy as I do not know the language. Language is fundamental in expressions thoughts, ideas and culture. Language is a powerful tool, even leading to wars and conflict. But as an ‘international fan’ I live […]

Miss A, Presenting a Realistic Look at Female Independence

We’ve all heard those ‘girl power’ anthems calling for women to stand strong and tall without help from men. Destiny’s Child Independent Woman is the perfect repsentation of this strong and feisty mesage. It seems the lovely ladies from Miss A have released their own anthem ‘I Don’t Need a Man’ I have to say […]

Artist Spotlight – Clazziquai

The Korean music industry has a lot of hidden and not so hidden gems. Away from the glitz and glamour of the K-pop industry is a whole wide range of music to suit individual tastes. Clazziquai the group have managed to create unique electronic, jazz and lounge influenced music that has been highly successful. You […]

Art Corner: Lee Jaehyo’s Transformations

Sculptor Lee Jaehyo presents his 29th solo show Transformations at the Albemarle Gallery in London. If you visited the Korean Eye exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery earlier this year you would have seen some of his work. The sculptor, born in Hapchen in Korea takes simple natural objects and transforms them into new pieces of […]

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