Artists pay tribute in music to Sewol tragedy
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Jo Kwan-woo on Friday released his latest single, “Pray for You,” dedicating it to the victims and their bereaved families. The song expresses the longing for a deceased loved one.
“I pray for you so that you will never hurt again and rest in peace,” Jo wrote in a message via the Facebook page of his agency JCOM Entertainment.
Sung Jin-hwan of quartet Sweet Sorrow on the same day released a live recording of “We All Go Separate Ways Someday.”
“I wrote the song three years ago when the Sewol tragedy happened,” Sung said in a media interview.
Sewol plunged to the bottom of the sea on April 16, 2014, leaving 295 dead and nine unaccounted for. Most victims -- including four whose bodies are still missing -- were high school students en route to a field trip.
“Although the ship was salvaged, some are still waiting for (the bodies of) their family members to return. I sang this song in the hope that such a painful goodbye will not happen again, and nothing about (the Sewol tragedy) will be forgotten,” he said.
Kim Jang-hoon last week released “Gwanghwamun,” paying tribute to the square in central Seoul that has hosted large-scale protests and vigils in the country, including those dedicated to Sewol victims. Kim, who has been at the forefront of artists speaking out against the government’s moves on Sewol-related issues, said the song was inspired by the tragedy.
Earlier in the month, renowned producer Kim Hyung-suk released a tribute song for the Sewol ferry’s child victims, for which he collaborated with Na Yoon-kwon and politician Moon Jae-in. Na provided the vocals and Moon narrated the messages to the child victims, which were in a YouTube-released video version but not included in the officially released audio version.
By Yoon Min-sik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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