Ten things we learned from Michael Kirby’s North Korea Reddit AMA
North Korea through a Google Glass lens
The indie music scene in South Korea is in rude health and making plenty of waves outside of East Asia. Whilst the Kpop phenomenon continues to win global approval , there are admirers aplenty for several Korean indie bands who are winning over Western audiences . Amongst my personal favourites are the bands UhUhBoo Project, The Koxx, Peterpan Complex and Goonamguayeoridingstella.
However, perhaps the biggest Korean indie act currently is Chang Kiha & The Faces. The group’s “retro folk sound” has seen them win critical acclaim as well as collecting numerous music awards and nominations since their debut.
Their unique quirky style makes them pleasantly unclassifiable, but are variously described as folk-inflected rock, or lo-fi alt-folky music with wry, often very funny lyrics.
Even the band name reflects the humour of many of the songs after Chang was nicknamed the “best-looking of the indie scene”. The band comprises of Chang ( the songwriter) on vocals guitar and percussion ( though not all at the same time presumably ), and bassist Jung Joong-yub, guitarist Lee Min-ki, drummer Kim Hyun-ho, and the evr-fragrant backup dancers Mimi Sisters.
Chang’s popularity can be easily traced back to his self-produced debut album from 2008 “Cheap Coffee” [싸구려 커피] which met with incredible fan response. (In particular, the song “달이 차오른다, 가자” “ The Moon is Waxing, Let’s Go “)
“싸구려 커피” (Cheap Coffee)
Cheap Coffee – Chang Kiha & Faces, 싸구려 커피
Interview with the author here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qZCVBn1N9s
Korean Cultural Centre UK
Korean Literature Night in April
Korean Literature Night held on 30th April 2014 at the KCCUK. This month’s book was ‘The Hen who Dreamed she could fly’ by Hwang Sun-Mi.
Korean Literature Night held on the last Wednesday of each month February to November. Learning about Korean Literature through the works of Korean authors by group discussion.
Excellent blog and post here on some of the mis-characterisation of the Sewol ferry disaster in the Western press.
I wasn’t disappointed. Writing for the South China Morning Post, Andrew Salmon wondered whether the accident was made worse by Confucianism. Salmon noted that in the initial minutes of the accident, the captain ordered passengers to stay where they were, and most of them obeyed “even as…
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