Laibach Performs ‘Sound of Music’ Songs for North Korea Debut

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Aware of the many sensitivities of the North Korean government, before embarking on the tour the industrial rock and retro electronic band promised a “gentle” version of themselves for the North Korean audience. Some in the band wore North Korean-style short-sleeved suits, and one wore a traditional Korean costume for part of the show. The group, known for its growling, visually charged style of music, performed Wednesday before a full house at a concert hall in Pyongyang in one of North Korea’s more unusual attempts at opening the door to what is generally seen as the decadent and vaguely threatening pop culture of the West.

 

 

  • Slovenian avant-garde rock group Laibach is known for pushing the envelope – wearing military uniforms on stage, toying with socialist and Marxist themes, making visual references to authoritarian symbols.
  • Slovenian art rock band Laibach have played a rather unusual concert in North Korea.
  • According to the group’s homepage, the concerts will be the subject of a documentary film scheduled for release in 2016. Though none has been quite as politically controversial as Laibach, several pop singers, a Christian rock group and even bands from South Korea have performed in North Korea before.

 

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