Watch Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ Performed on a Gayageum, a Traditional Korean Instrument

Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 song “Voodoo Chile” is already a classic. But it becomes all the more so when you see it performed by Luna Lee on a Gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument. The first Gayageum dates back to the 6th century. If you like seeing western rock standards reimagined within an Asian aesthetic, then you won’t want to miss: The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” Performed on Traditional Chinese Instruments.

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  • Geno says:

    Oh my heart! This is beautiful!

  • indybend says:

    wow – I’m speechless.

  • Martin says:

    Lovely, wonderful … fanatastic stuff, congratulations to the artist …

  • ERIC C.SUTTON,JD says:

    DYING as I am.

  • This is incredible. this artist is so talented in her presentation. A must to listen to.

  • Andy Ashling says:

    I really know this song. It’s my favorite Hendrix. She is spectacular!

  • Wilberth says:

    Es hermoso.. Felicidades.

  • Riley says:

    This is awesome!

  • Joe Wood says:

    This just blows me away! Great rendition!

  • bill blyth says:

    to cool

  • Adam says:

    You do know that the Jimi Hendrix classic is “Voodoo CHILD” not “Chile”?!

  • Adam says:

    Very cool rendition all the same!

  • Sam says:

    Err Adam…its Chile. Cockface.

  • Kevin Kiefaber says:

    This phenomenal! Jimi reborn as a modest but beautiful Korean woman… who would have guessed that?

  • dave says:

    fantastic, mind blowing, awesome, spectacular, unearthly, out of the world performance!!! This would have made Jimi so proud!

  • Alvaro says:

    No need to argue “”Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is the last track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song is known for its wah-wah-heavy guitar work. It is #101 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs of all time.[1]

    The song was recorded in 1968, and was re-released as a single after Hendrix’s death in 1970. It was the A side on a three-track record, and reached Number 1 in the UK. It was catalogued as “Voodoo Chile” (Track 2095 001), and that is the title which appears on the single and is the title referred to officially. The term “slight return” refers to the song’s initial role as a reprise of the 15-minute track “Voodoo Chile” featured earlier on the album Electric Ladyland.

  • Keith Collings says:

    That would have been a real hit at woodstock!!!!!!!!

  • otakimaori says:

    Awesome, I would buy a copy and play it in my H2 while stuck in trafic ..really loud though. Jimi would love it too.

  • Tom says:

    It is in fact “…Chile.”Too bad the western instrument mix tended to dominate this beautiful rendition.

  • JP says:

    This is an incredible rendition of a great Hendrix song. I’ve listened to it over and over again. It’s much much better if you wear headphones. There are so many different instumental sounds that you don’t hear when you’re just listening to it on a laptop.

  • JP says:

    I wish she’d do a whole Hendrix album. Otakimaori, you’re right, Jimi would love this rendition.

  • This gal did a wonderful rendition of a classic by the great Hendrix..

  • alex says:

    awesome rendition, jimmy would have been proud.

  • R. Mark Womack says:

    Very cool! I loved it.

  • Donna Fritz says:

    That was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to hear more!!!

  • Carolyn says:

    This young woman rocks! Great execution! Love it!

  • Mary Evergreen says:

    @Kevin Kiefaber, I was thinking the same thing: reincarnation is a real thing. Tibetan monks have proven it, the present Dalai Lama being most notable, when he was a child he remembered all sorts of things from his previous life (Kundun, that is a good movie about him – May All Prevail)

    Jimi said and wrote a few things that were mystical of that nature, “I got 245 days before I go and never comeback…” (approx, I don’t remember exactly the number of days or the exact wording, and I don’t feel like taking the time right now, as I write this, to research; if you know JImi Hendryx stuff, then you know what I mean by this quote)
    My point being, in closing, how old is this woman? She looks like she was born after 1972…

    I read that there is a 49 day “gestation” , or “limbo” amount of time between death and birth. It doesn’t necessarily mean that one is born exactly 49 days after one dies, but I think it’s the minimum amount of “time”, (the way we measure time – which doesn’t exist out of the physical realm) that passes before one’s soul re-enters the lower vibratory rates of physical existence.
    Jimi might have said he wasn’t coming back, but his soul came back anyway, because he really was more of a Bottisatva than he said, or believed, he was…
    I’m sure there was much that never got recorded or filmed or transcribed of what he was really about, and souls like him (and you, and me, and you, and you, and you too!) have to keep coming back to help others reach Enlightenment, so that we can all go into Nirvana together; because we are all One within All are within the One is within All are within the One is within All…
    May all reach Enlightenment – Blessed be – In Lakesh – Namaste – etc – :P :D :-) <:-{) (-:C
    (don't mind my little "emoticons, I experimented to see which ones would be a gif or stay the same…)
    (I'm new to this particular site, Faceblock had a link and I got really intuit)

  • Arthur Stephens says:

    How cool!

  • Jon Spayde says:

    This very cool woman is Luna, and here are her gayageum covers of other tunes, including “Hit the Road, Jack ” and “Hotel California.”

  • Jon Spayde says:

    And her album, which includes “All Along the Watchtower”

  • Candi Labra says:

    wicked good

  • Gregory Wonderwheel says:

    When a great person, a mahasattva, dies their karma spreads out and is reborn in many directions. This young lady has obviously received some of Jimi’s bright karma. She is fantastic doing what is rightly called a rock and roll classic.

  • samuel says:

    I would like to get in touch for kid training in future

  • Joscelyn says:

    Funkiest girl on the planet

  • Someone says:

    Please see the internet for Voodoo Chile vs Voodoo Child confusion:


  • chris says:

    amazing to hear, and the comments!

  • Todd Russell says:

    Obviously talented , have mixed feelings about it.

  • Eddy says:

    Absolutely phenomenal…..

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