Take On Me on five Accordions, North Korean Style
Fünf Akkordionspieler aus Nordkorea covern „Take on me“ von A-Ha. Das Cover ist das, was man von „Take on me“ auf ‘nem Schifferklavier erwartet, aber die Story zum Video ist das eigentlich spannende: Das ganze gehört zu einer Kunstaktion von Morten Traavik, der vor ein paar Jahren vor allem mit seinen Miss Landmine-Wahlen in Angola und Cambodia durch die Medien gereicht wurde.
When Mr. Traavik visited Pyongyang in December to meet the accordion ensemble at the Kum Song School, he took several examples of Norwegian music, including works by classical composer Edvard Grieg, for them to practice for their tour of Norway. He also took a CD by a-ha, the Norwegian pop group that had a global hit with “Take On Me” in 1985. The song turned popular in part because of its innovative video.
After giving the students the CD on a Monday night, they surprised him by playing their own improvised version of “Take On Me” on Wednesday morning. Mr. Traavik made a video of them and decided to post it on YouTube to promote the festival. Since he put it up on Thursday, the video has gone viral, passed along by North Korea watchers and others mystified or intrigued by the idea of musicians in a collective society with traditional instruments playing one of the classics of 1980s Euro-pop.