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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can you play a polka?

The U.K. Telegraph reports that the accordion is very popular in North Korea, well so are ICBMs and nuclear bombs.

No belly shaking?

In her book Nothing to Envy:Real Lives in North Korea Barb Demick says all teachers were once required to play the accordion.

It was often called the people's instrument, according to the author, since it was portable enough to carry along on a day of voluntary hard labor in the fields. In the classroom teachers sang, "We Have Nothing to Envy in the World, which had a sing songy tune as familiar to North Korean children as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

In 2012 a North Korean accordion band even became a YouTube hit for their version of A-ha's Take On Me.

If we could convince the NoKo nation to start playing polkas, maybe they would become friendlier towards the west.  After all, polkas are the happiest tunes in the world. And, learn how to belly shake those bellows. It's fun!

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