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The Corporation quotes music director Morten Traavik, who says the band will tone down their onstage antics for North Korean audiences and the band's playlist will be anything but incendiary. Apparently, Laibach will perform songs from The Sound of Music and they’ll cover “We Will Go To Mount Paektu,” a song from the local all-girl group Moranbong Band.
Traavik is said to have organized various musical and cultural performances in the Republic in the past. "I have informed the North Korean authorities of their bad boy reputation and reassured them that it is a reputation that can very easily be disproved of,” he is quoted as saying.
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"If they were really fascist, why would Poland's cultural ministry recently have asked them to reinterpret partisan songs in Warsaw to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the uprising against the Nazis in the city?”
Western acts rarely venture inside North Korea. Retired basketball great Dennis Rodman -- another performer with a “bad boy” reputation -- has made the trip on multiple occasions with a collection of ex-NBA ballers for his so-called “basketball diplomacy” visits. On each occasion, he’s been widely condemned in the U.S. for heaping praise on the DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un.
"Both the country and the band have been portrayed by some as fascist outcasts,” adds Traavik. “The truth is that both are misunderstood.”