I’ve been a casual kpop listener for many years, simply checking out the latest hit songs to add to my playlist since kpop does produce many addictive melodies and I also enjoy watching their sharp dance choreography but the closest I’ve been to fangirling any kpop artiste/group in particular was probably BEG when I was addicted to the Adam Couple in WGM. Otherwise I run through songs and performances till I’m bored and move onto the next one, never considering myself a fan of anyone till now. But! one group finally did it and made me a fan after all these years. 😄
Long story short, I clicked on a youtube suggested video for a girl group that I’ve not heard of and while I didn’t fall in love with the song right away, I thought the song style was a nice change from the typical kpop girl group fare and gave the live performance another chance.
ok. wow. what is this live singing vocals? what is this stage charisma? what is this confidence? This must be some veteran girl group I’ve somehow missed out on for so long!
Turns out, I had just fallen in love with MAMAMOO, a rookie girl group who officially debuted mid 2014. The more videos I watch of their live performances, the more I was enamored by their stage charisma. Kpop groups are well known for their perfectly executed choreography but sometimes perfection can seem a bit… cold ya know? Perhaps that’s why I was always being entertained by them at arm’s length. Mamamoo’s stage on the other hand has so much energy and spontaneity that you can’t help but enjoy the stage with them. To top it off, they add customized ad libs for the program or event that they are performing for and this allows them to connect with their audience. This was particularly well done in their recent performance at the Blue Dragon Film Awards where they managed to engage their audience (actors/actresses who usually look bored af during such performances) by weaving movie lines into their songs. And of course, how could I not love their amazing vocals? YES TALENT IS NOT DEAD.
Oh, and before I forget, they are
crazy hilarious off stage.
I’ll leave you with some of my favourite vids and let Mamamoo do the job of convincing you of their awesomeness. ❤
‘You’re The Best’ is my favourite Mamamoo song and every stage is amazing but I chose this particular one cos they are dressed like radishes and still killed the performance? From what I understand, radish is pronounced as ‘moo’ in Korean hence it has become their ‘symbol’. Hey, even their official lightstick is designed like a radish. 😄 This performance was to fulfill their promise to fans to dress up as radishes and perform in a radish field if they achieve no.1 for this song. Yep, that’s Mamamoo for you.
Mamamoo always puts up a great performance on Immortal Songs (a programme that invites singers to perform their own versions of songs by legendary singers) but I adore this latest one cos Moonbyul’s rap fits in so amazingly.
My 2nd fav Mamamoo song!
Um Oh Ah Yeh is really growing on me the more I listen to it. Mamamoo’s stage outfits are on point most of the time, so I have no idea why they ended up being dressed like this for UOAY’s MV, especially my beautiful Moonbyul what is with that hair, that garish lipstick, that horrendous outfit OMG! This is kinda like a ‘side’ MV? but I prefer it to the official MV.
I’ll end off with Moonbyul singing cos we could all do with more Moonbyul. But seriously, I love her voice. She’s the official ‘ rapper’ of the group so the only time she sings are for very brief harmonization which is a pity cos her low tone is beautiful as well. ❤