North Korea’s Little Guitar Army

by guitarkadia on May 10, 2010

in Blog

Hat tip to Pauline, who tweeted about the videos.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dee May 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I think they’re cute… but in the mean time, there’s something weird about it too. They don’t look very natural.. their smiles are kind of fake.. like they were taught to maintain a certain look while they play. I’m not sure really.

HDWells April 3, 2011 at 6:20 am

How Could They Do That?!
This is Awesome!

CharlieSheenWINNING! April 8, 2011 at 5:43 am

I recently got a link to the ensamble of (I’m sorry to say, be clearly manufactured kids) playing guitar, and I think it’s kind of disgusting. Imo, they have been forced into this kind of playing from a young age. I could be wrong, maybe the kids actually enjoy being bossed around, it’s their culture, but no kid would EVER sit still that long to learn to play an instrument with that skill without some serious discipline being condoned upon them… THAT’s what leads me to the conclusion that these kids have been treated unfairly, potentially even harmfully. Nope, I don’t like it…

Ivy May 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

This is an art, not Kim Kardashian’s ass

sandra December 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Child performers in the U.S. and around the world experience the same regimentation, . . . and a certain amount of joy. It’s joy in their faces, in the movement of their little shoulders to the beat, in the smile when they’ve successfully gotten through a difficult chord, that I see. They clearly enjoy the music, especially the girl second from left in the first video and certainly the girl in the second video.

Lindsey Montana August 31, 2012 at 7:12 am

What, are you crazy? Sounds like sour grapes to me. Some kids worked hard at something and do an excellent, (and sophisticated) job at it, and you find it weird? These kids will grow up capable of great things. Like Sandra said, this kind of ethic is normal stuff for many families — families who understand life can be more than working all week to drink beer on the weekends.

Mary August 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Perfect…. and mechanical — every movement, every note, every smile. These videos do not show children playing instruments with anything close to what seems natural joy. There is an element of falsehood throughout these performances; smiles, mannerisms and overall performances seem forced — to the point of making these youngsters appear to be more good little soldiers than happy musicians. Very much like Hitler’s Youth Movement, these children are not being taught music so much as they are being brainwashed and indoctrinated from an early age to perform like puppets.

Vince December 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I find America’s Toddlers and Tiaras creepier than hell! ?

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