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Cube Entertainment Sues MOGEF

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2011.08.29 10:21 Mwave Oh, MiJung

After B2ST′s ′On a Rainy Day′ was censored by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), Cube Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the Ministry, asking for a ′cancellation of the announcement and decision for designation as harmful media.′ Cube then strongly criticized MOGEF′s censorship standards, saying that "the system itself must be changed entirely."

Cube Entertainment Sues MOGEF

A high-level official at Cube stated in an interview with eNews that "the part which MOGEF found fault with in B2ST′s song ′On a Rainy Day′ was the lyrics ′I think I′m drunk I should stop drinking.′ It seems unlikely that teenagers will be harmed by such lyrics. Because we felt the decision was not justified, we decided to file a lawsuit."

The official added, "We chose to file a lawsuit for the one song ′On a Rainy Day,′ but problems with MOGEF′s excessive standards aren′t limited to just a few songs. The MOGEF council ignores the level the public is on, and it does not voice the opinions of the people on the scene, either. There is a problem with the standards themselves."

The official finished by saying, "If the censorship system itself is not changed, there is a possibility that it will continue to issue designations that seem unfair to the creator. We hope that a censorship system which the public can understand is formed soon."

SM Entertainment also previously filed and won a similar lawsuit against MOGEF for its project group ′SM the Ballad′s′ ′Another Day.′

Photo credit: Kim Byeong Kwan

Hachi & Eri. This duo’s name isn’t the only thing that’s peculiar; one member is a Japanese man in his 50s who loves Korean percussion instruments, and the other is a Korean girl in her 20s who is skilled in pansori, a type of Korean folk music. Who are these people that sing sweet songs to a Hawaiian ukulele?

Cube Entertainment Sues MOGEF

Hachi used to be the guitarist of a popular Japanese rock band named Carmen Maki & OZ, which was largely active in the 1970s. After watching a performance of Kim Duk Su’s samul nori in 1985 in Tokyo, he was attracted to the kkwaenggwari, a small Korean gong, and flew over to Korea in 1986 to learn how to play the kkwaenggwari for three months from the late Choi Eun Chang.

He then returned to Japan to lead a fusion band named the Tokyo Bibimbap Club, and in 1996 again worked in Korea as the producer of Kangsaneh, Jeon In Gwon and Seo Woo Young. In 2005, he joined with TJ to form the duo Hachi and TJ.

Eri is from Namwon. She took up pansori when she was eight, thinking she wanted to be like Oh Jung He after watching the film Sopyonje. She learned the Song of Chunhyang from master Jeon In Sam, and studied the Song of Shimchung and the Song of Heungbo under master Park Yang Duk. She graduated from Namwon’s National High School of Traditional Arts, and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Theater from Chung Ang University. Her well-built skills even won her the grand prize for pansori in the Chunhyang Gukak Competition.

Cube Entertainment Sues MOGEF


The first meeting between these two entirely different people took place five years ago. Hachi caught Eri singing Five Hundred Years, a traditional Korean song, while strumming an acoustic guitar in Hongdae, and he thought her voice was so unique he asked her to join him.

Eri says, “I was chosen (?) by [Hachi] while I was singing Five Hundred Years in a club with an acoustic guitar. He said he ‘fell for my mystical voice’. He was interested in that I had majored in pansori, also.”

They struck up a conversation over cocktails, but they weren’t able to do anything together just then. Hachi was already in a duo with TJ in Hachi and TJ. The two parted, but they met again by chance in 2009, and formed a project team named Soul Jjamppong to sing at the wedding of Hachi’s friend. After that, they continued to work together on many other projects.

Eri recalls, “We parted again and time passed. One day, Hachi came to me with a song titled At My Side. He said it fit my voice, and he thought we could start small with a ukulele. I agreed because it sounded fun. That’s how Hachi & Eri came into being.”

Cube Entertainment Sues MOGEF

Hachi & Eri released a single titled Just One Cup of Tea in July, and released its first studio album, produced by the members themselves, in August titled The Flowers Bloomed It. The album is full of 12 sweet and easy-going songs, including its title track, The Flowers Bloomed It. The message this duo wants to convey through its music is fairly simple.

“Lots of difficult and dark things come your way in life,” Hachi says. “But still let’s bring ourselves together again with cheer. The pretty sounds of the ukulele can comfort the modern man.”

“That’s right,” Eri agrees. “When we sang a song titled Night of the Stars at the recording booth for our first studio album, we talked in the booth, saying things like, ‘Was that okay?’ and ‘Yeah, it’s okay’, but that part made it into the album. The title of the album, The Flowers Bloomed It, is also actually a typo of The Flowers Bloomed. It’s not grammatically correct, but we thought it was okay. ‘Who cares? It’s okay. It’s poetic.’ I hope that just like the way we didn’t rush and were laid back, people who listen to our music are comforted and energized through it.”

Photo credit: Kim Byung Gwan

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