LAIBACH have marked the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, by sharing a track dedicated to Korean re-unification process.
‘Arirang’ is a Laibachian interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song, often considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea. The song was originally performed in Pyongyang during Laibach’s infamous North Korean tour (in 2015, on the anniversary of the DPRK’s liberation from Japan). In support of reunification, Laibach later performed in Jeonju, making them the first band to play both North and South Korea.
Laibach’s ‘Arirang’ is combined here with ‘We Will Go To Mount Paektu’, a well-known North Korean song. The track features Boris Benko on vocals with backing from the North Korean Kum Song Music School Choir from Pyongyang, who appear in the Liberation Day documentary.
The North Korean tour was documented by the director, artist, and cultural diplomat, Morten Traavik, and Liberation Day (described by MOJO as “a humorous, disturbing, illuminating and sometimes moving immersion into an anomalous communist mirror-world …”) is out now via iTunes following its screening for Storyville on BBC4.
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