We’ve all ooh’d and aah’d over Sungha Jung’s mighty fingers, but this set of videos of North Korean children playing the guitar (hat tip to Pauline, who tweeted about them first) flips the cuteness over and makes you wonder if there’s a term ‘forced child prodigy’. Something about the picture feels a bit weird to me.
Perhaps you can tell me, whoever and wherever you are, if these videos strike a bit odd to you. Take a poll at the end of the videos and let me have it.
Putting all the political crap aside, what happens to these kids? They’re way too young to understand guitar playing as a career and they probably will never play outside of North Korea. I’ve seen a lot of kids playing an instrument solo, but rarely in an ensemble setting. That is impressive, son! And it would be a damn shame if these tiny bundles of talent never have a career a lot of hacks enjoy around the world! There, I said. (take the darn poll at the end).