Part of THE PROMISED LAND by director & artist MORTEN TRAAVIK, opening at the international arts and culture festival Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes, Norway, February 8-12, 2012. www.traavik.info and www.barentsspektakel.no
BEIJING—Here's a little diversion for anyone needing a little break from sports this weekend (Superbowl, anyone? Jeremy Lin, anyone?).
It's a chirpy version of that 1980s A-ha standby, “Take On Me,” performed by…
In North Korea.
The five musicians were filmed at the Kum Song School in the capital, Pyongyang, in December last year.
They were introduced to the A-ha song by visiting Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, who had been travelling to and from North Korea as part of efforts to bring musicians and artists from the isolated country to Norway for an arts and culture festival this month.
According to one report, the accordion players surprised Traavik with their improvised version of the Euro-pop song two days after he presented them with the CD. He then filmed them playing the song and posted it on YouTube to promote the festival, which runs from February 8-12.