Since the split in 1951, North Korean music has taken a markedly different path from that of its neighbor to the south. In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, all music must serve the state. The state controls all media, so only it can approve music for public distribution. In 1990 Kim Jong-Il declared that all North Korean music must encourage people to respect the country and its political system. The song in this video, “Potato Pride,” a North Korean propaganda song that celebrates about the rationing of food in North Korea’s rural villages, twistedly tries to do just that.