K-POP children live in the studio | podcast

When I joined, I also fell in love with the Korean language. I am taking online classes

It’s on t-shirts and notebooks. In newspapers and on social media. At major international music festivals and in school playgrounds, rocking children’s games. The K-Pop genre was born in South Korea, it became a phenomenon, it won over thousands of young fans and is still alive today (21) of Radainho BdF.

And there is nothing better than fans – or fandons, as K-Pop fans prefer – to talk about the Korean pop music universe, which which has won all the publications, from east to west.

“I love K-Pop. I have three band shirts and I really like them. Of course, I’m a big fan,” said Isa Fidelis, 9, who lives in Taboão da Serra (SP). “I was listening to Blackpink and my father told me to research K-Pop boy bands. I researched and liked the BTS group. At their latest show in Brazil my mom wants to go and I want to go too.

But those who think that K-Pop is a recent phenomenon are wrong: the genre was born in the 1990s, in South Korea, as an artistic response to an economic crisis facing the country at that time. The aim of the music groups is to present this cultural product to other countries.

And it worked: the South Korean government saw a lot of investment in cultural production and K-pop groups exploded – or rather, it became “hallyu”, which means “wave” in South Korea.

“Children and parents are very interested in things other than traditional Brazilian culture,” said Letícia Eduardo de Oliveira Coelho, 11 years old and living in São Bernardo do Campo (SP). “A friend introduced me to Blackpink and then I discovered other groups. My favorite group today is Stray Kids, and the song is ‘God’s Menu'”.


The group Blackpink uses the victory to discuss women / Show

winning bands

Currently, the two biggest K-Pop groups are Blackpink and BTS. The Bangtan Boys, as the seven members of BTS are known, performed in Brazil this year and filled a football stadium in São Paulo with fans from different parts of the country.

The Blackpink girls haven’t been here yet, but they’ve been eagerly awaited by the kids. Artists Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa, the founders of the group, use their success to promote feminism, a political movement that supports women to have the same rights as men. male

“Blackpink is so good. It’s a great team from Corei. They are very beautiful: they wear a young style, black and red, to match the name of the team, which are these two colors in English. My favorite song by them is ‘How do you like that'”, says Serena Gatinoni, who is 9 years old and lives in São Paulo.


A heart made with fingers is a symbol of K-Pop fans / Canva Premium

children’s playground

For this edition, the children sit in the radio station Brasil de Fato, in São Paulo, for a relaxed conversation about K-Pop, with the right to bloopers and many songs. This is the first time interviews have been done in the studio since the coronavirus vaccine was released for all age groups.

“When I met BTS I fell in love with the Korean language. Then I took an online course and I’m going to classes”, says Isa. “I already know how to say hello to you in Korean: ‘saranghae'”.

K-pop is not only for listening, but also for dancing. There are hundreds of videos on Youtube teaching step by step choreography for children and adults. In recent years, some traditional dance schools have started offering classes in this style.

The work of Radinho BdF will closely monitor the nature of these activities, at the school of Vandance, in Santo André.

Political movements from K-Pop

It’s not easy to be an idol, or an idol known as K-pop stars. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of preparation. Recently, a Brazilian named Gabi Dalcin was selected to join the Blackswan squad. It was the first time the Brazilian joined the K-Pop group.

And even with dedication to songwriting, singing and dancing, K-Pop groups and fans still face a lot of criticism.

“It’s very hard to find other people in my school who like K-Pop. I only know one child. Others always judge and think BTS is only K-Pop”, said Pietra Oliveira Alves Navarro, 10 years old and living in São Bernardo.

Despite the criticism, K-Pop fans have rolled up their sleeves to facilitate political and social activities to help improve people’s lives. Most of them are organized by ARMY, as BTS fans are called.

“One of the most recent moves in Brazil that took place this year, is to encourage young people between the ages of 16 and 17 to get their voter registration, giving the press, bracelets and projections in buildings. No, this year 57% of young people have taken the name”, says journalist Jéssica Molinari, who researches pop culture from the east.

Lots and lots of songs!

This edition of Radinho is filled from start to finish with some K-Pop hits. The paid list includes songs like “DNA” by BTS, “God’s Menu” by Stray Kids, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” by Blackpink, “TT” by Twice, and “Tonight” by Blackswan.

At the time of the story, the narrator Lara Chacon put out her voice narrating “Balas Mágicas”, something recorded by the South Korean writer Heena Baek, which was released in Brazil.


Every Wednesday, a new edition of the program is available on digital platforms. / Brasil de Fato / Radinho BdF Announcement

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The Radinho BdF program will be broadcast on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 9:30 am, on Rádio Brasil Atual. The tune is 98.9 FM in Greater São Paulo and 93.3 FM in Baixada Santista. The press broadcast on Rádio Brasil de Fato, at 9 am, can be heard on the BdF website.

On different days and times, the program is broadcast on Rádio Camponesa, in Itapeva (SP), and on Rádio Terra HD 95.3 FM.

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The material was created by the group Brasil de Fato and was said by Juliana Doretto, a professor at PUC in Campinas who studies how children and young people see the news.

Editor: Camila Salmazio

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