South Korea

Alternative pop band, Leenalchi, plays a genre-defying style of music that feels familiar, unfamiliar and wildly danceable all at once. The group sings verses from the traditional Korean tale, Sugungga. The story tells of a dragon king from the Southern Sea, a softshell turtle and a wily rabbit, and has been spoken and sung across centuries. The seven-piece
band comprises four traditional vocalists, who deliver musical storytelling through solos, choir, rapping and dance. The band also features a drummer and two bassists. The story’s background beats and bass draw inspiration from ‘80s new wave, and the performers build excitement by destroying and re-arranging traditional elements. They have attracted attention at Korean music festivals, and have toured the United Kingdom, Belgium, the
Netherlands, Hungary, Australia and Hong Kong.

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