January 26, 2020

A North Korean school of rock: teaching heavy metal to Pyongyang school girls
Funky Sueyoshi reflects on his time at the June 9th school — and whether music could ever inspire change in the DPRK
I’m waiting in the basement of the Umeda Zeela concert hall in Osaka, Japan. In just a few hours, drummer Funky Sueyoshi will be performing a 20th-anniversary concert with members of his band, X.Y.Z.→A (pronounced X, Y, Z to A). Wearing a simple T-shirt and his long white hair not quite stage-ready, Sueyoshi greets me cheerfully. His exterior is certainly that of a rockstar, but the man