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South Korea Sends Musicians to Perform in North Korea

One month after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea will be sending a group of singers to North Korea on March 31st.

Last week, both North and South Korean representatives agreed to send a group of South Korean artists to Pyongyang.

This decision marks the first of performances between the two countries in more than a decade.

Among the 160 South Koreans to visit North Korea, two veteran singers, Cho Yong-Pil and Choi Jin-Hee, have previously performed in North Korea. Cho was the last South Korean singer to perform in North Korea in 2005.

The heavily female-dominated line-up also includes a K-Pop South Korean girl group Red Velvet, K-Pop singer Seohyun from Girl’s Generation, Lee Sun-Hee,  Baek Ji-Young and Yoon Do-Hyun from the rock band YB. 

   
  
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    South Korean popular girl band Red Velvet poses for photographers during the 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Goyang, South Korea (Source:  Forbes )

South Korean popular girl band Red Velvet poses for photographers during the 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Goyang, South Korea (Source: Forbes)

All the artists performing in North Korea represent big genres and trends in South Korean music within decades, including pop, trot, ballad and rock.

Hallyu, the international Korean pop wave, and K-Pop, are a leading South Korean cultural export that has boosted South Korea’s economy and has been consistently supported by the South Korean government.

Yoon Sang, a South Korean singer and record producer, explained during a media briefing how “our first task will be to instill the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do in South Korean ones and make sure nothing is awkward.”

This may be seen as a response to North Korea’s delegation and performance during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, where North Korea sent their famous singer, Hyon Song-Wol, and a band of female cheerleaders to represent the country during the Games.

   
  
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    North Korean cheerleaders at the recent Winter Olympics in Seoul (Source:  Reuters ) 

North Korean cheerleaders at the recent Winter Olympics in Seoul (Source: Reuters

There will be two shows held in Pyongyang, one at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the second at the Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium.

The South Korean group will be visiting North Korea until April 3rd.