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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, Part XXVI: Zhou Yu and Joo Hyun-mi - Formidable Pharmacist and Queen of Trot

Joo Hyun-mi (Hangul/Hanja/Romanized Korean/Romanized Chinese: 주현미/周炫美/Ju Hyeon-mi/Zhou Xuanmei, born 5 November 1962 in Seoseok-dong, Gwangju Dong-gu) is a Korean trot singer and pharmacist. Joo Hyun-Mi was to hwagyo (Chinese-Korean) parents who lived in Gwangju Metropole, South Korea. Her father, Joo Geum-bu (Kor: 주금부/Romanized Chinese: Zhou Jinfu) was a Korean Medicine practitioner. She debuted in 1985 with the first album Binaerineun Yeongdonggyo (비 내리는 영동교/The rainy Yeongdong Bridge). As a devout Roman Catholic, she received her baptismal name 'Theresa' (Kor: 소화데레사), same as Korean Catholic soprano singer, Jo Sumi.

Applauded as one of the reigning queens of trot genre, Joo Hyun-mi burst into the music scene at the 1981 MBC Riverside Song Festival. Her unusual background as a pharmacist and third generation Chinese-Korean left long impressions on the Korean audience. Unlike Shim Soo-bong (key witness of the assassination of President Park Chung-hee), another legendary trot songstress of the time, who sang about heartbreaking love with her wistful voice, Joo was known for her clear voice, light-hearted melodies, and charming image. 

She appears to have stayed out of the spotlight for a while, but actually have been quite busy making appearances on a number of concerts and dinner shows. But now she will get another chance at the limelight, as she sang the duet “I Love” with rapper Jo PD for his project album “PDIS.” Dispelling the skepticism about combining trot with hip hop music, the crossover song “I Love” is earning rave reviews for its perfect balance of bewitching trot-style vocal and powerful rap. 

Her second album, Joo Hyun-mi 2 was the 1988 Golden Disk Awards Disk Daesang (Album of the Year). On February 17, 2009, Joo Hyun-mi sang a duet with Girls' Generation member Seohyun (feat. Davichi) called "JjaRaJaJja" (Korean: "짜라자짜"). The song earned a nomination from the 2009 M.net Asian Music Awards for Trot Music of the Year.