by Aad van Nieuwkerk
Some years ago, by the end of 2010, Dutch Radio 6 – the national radio station for Jazz & Soul music – aired a program about an amazing visit three horn players and a journalist paid to North Korea, in the spring of 2009.
They went there to partake in the 26th April Spring Arts Friendship Festival in Pyongyang, which was – this year it is off schedule because of the country’s war rhetoric – annually organized in honor of the late Kim Il Sung, the Great Leader of North Korea.
Two members of the British Delta Saxophone Quartet, Chris Caldwell and Pete Whyman, Dutch saxophone player Frank van der Kooij, and journalist, novelist and philosopher Henk Weltevreden had managed to get an invitation to the festival through the efforts of a North Korean representative in London. Is the festival a propaganda-vehicle?Continue reading