One of the great joys of life is that there is always something new to learn about and experience. I also love the creativity and inspiration behind new ways of presenting existing art. I therefore could not stop jigging and toe-tapping while watching this brilliant performance of Dire Straits’ Sultan of Swing:

Korean musician Luna Lee re-creates western classics on the gayageum, a Korean instrument which dates back to the 6th century. In this clip, you can see that she has recorded multiple tracks which combine to give a full rendition of the song.

For comparison, and all-round general groovy enjoyment, here is Dire Straits performing their original version:

East meets west; old meets new. But isn’t everything just the same underneath? πŸ™‚

β€œWe are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
― William James



10 thoughts on “Swing those Sultans!

    1. Hi Cindy, so glad you like the track – sorry about the problems with access. I have substituted a different video which you can hopefully view – fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  1. I love Sultans of Swing! And the skill and creativity that has gone into this Korean version. Amazing to get this music from an instrument of such history πŸ™‚

  2. I love the east/west fusion, covers that do something genuinely different with the sound are always more welcome than a straight cover. Very catchy.

    1. Indeed – so interesting when someone takes an idea and develops it into something new while still retaining the original essence – very clever.

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