North Korean music school students continued their A-ha journey when they joined a number of Norwegian artists during a 17th May celebration in Pyongyang, Thursday.
The group of accordionists from the Kum Song Music School played A-ha’s “Hunting High and Low”. Yesterday’s Norwegian National Day concert follows pupils’ rendition of the song “Take on me” earlier this year, which shot to Internet fame after being posted on YouTube.
Norwegian director Morten Traavik, who often travels to North Korea, introduced the students to Norway's 1980s pop sensation A-ha’s music last February.
He told the broadcaster at the time, "When I was in North Korea, I lent them a CD of Take on Me on a Monday morning. By the following Wednesday morning, they had mastered the song, with no annotation and no outside help. It showed incredible skill.”
“People [in Norway] are amazed by their skills and also by the fact that you can have fun in North Korea. I think that insight really rocks a lot of people's established preconceptions about the country,” he added.
Mr Traavik informed the Associated Press yesterday that he is now planning for the Kum Song Music School students to release a complete CD of various Norwegian songs because of their success.
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