Chang Kiha & The Faces – 장기하와 얼굴들

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)








장기하와 얼굴들 – 좋다 말았네 M/V(Kiha & the Faces – I Almost Had It)

Cheap Coffee – Chang Kiha & Faces, 싸구려 커피








Korean Literature night at the KCCUK, April 2014



Interview with the author here

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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.

kcc hen 2  hen-who-dreamed-2 220px-HwangSunMi_A01 Hwang Sun Mi


The West’s Confucian Confusion: How More Confucianism Might Have Saved the Sewol

Excellent blog and post here on some of the mis-characterisation of the Sewol ferry disaster in the Western press.


W henever a tragedy strikes Korea, many Western observers can’t resist the urge to attribute it to Korean culture. This tendency owes much to Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book Outliers, in which Gladwell attempted to pin a fatal 1997 Korean Air crash in Guam on Korea’s Confucian-inspired practice of showing deference to one’s guam1 seniors. Since Outliers , Confucianism is the prime suspect in just about every Korean disaster short of an earthquake, so when the Sewol ferry sank in waters off Jindo on Wednesday April 16 th , taking with it over 300 young Korean souls, I braced for the wave of western cultural critique.

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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