Watch the accordion players from North Korea’s Kum Song School performer “A-Ha’s eternal pop evergreen” — so delightful, you’ll forget about that creepy weeping Kim Jong-Il mourners video. That’s the idea, right?
See, you’re all racists! You thought that music in North Korea is performed solely by itsy-bitsy babies, sternly trained to perfectly executing immaculately choreographed guitar strums and head nods, like so many wee animatronic robots. Apparently, an eternity of living under tyrannical rule is giving the North Korean people a bad rep. Also, it’s videos like this:
Not like that, the above “Take On Me” cover was filmed in Pyongyang, North Korea in December 2011 as part of a multi-genre project The Promised Land by artist Morten Traavik. It opened at the international arts and culture festival Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes, Norway February 8-12, 2012.
So, what is it about that video that hits the sweet spot of kitsch, awe and awww? Could it be the Ulrich Seidl-esque composition of the steady shot? That guy on the right really getting into it? Or could it be that accordions make everything awesome?