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Andrew49
22-03-2012, 10:01 AM
Five teenagers in school uniforms hold accordions. On the wall is a giant painting of the secret mountain hideout of their nation's founder, Kim Il Sung. Small red stickers on their instruments mark them as gifts from Kim Jong Il. Yes, this is North Korea. But as they grind their accordions into song, what comes out is no somber ode to either of the late leaders. Instead, as more than 1.5 million YouTube viewers already know, it's one of the poppiest of 1980s-era pop songs, A-ha's "Take on Me."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBgMeunuviE

SOURCE (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_NKOREA_ACCORDION_PLAYERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

Holly
22-03-2012, 05:23 PM
Maybe I'm wrong but North Korean kids always look so jolly and fit to me.

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Andrew49
23-03-2012, 08:25 PM
The Artane Boys Band looked really well, as did the Ferryhouse Boys Band!

Kid Ryder
23-03-2012, 08:31 PM
The Artane Boys Band looked really well, as did the Ferryhouse Boys Band!

True. That's why I found the video Holly posted more than a little creepy...:eek: