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제목 South Korea sending 10 ★ K-Pop artists ★ to perform rare series of concerts in North Korea
작성자 관리자 등록일 2018.03.22 조회수 665

The South Korean musical artists will visit Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, from March 31 to April 3 and give two performances

 

In this Jan. 10, 2018, photo, South Korean popular girl band Red Velvet poses for photographers during the 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Goyang, South Korea.Lim Tae-hoon / AP

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea said Tuesday it will send a 160-member artistic group to North Korea, including about 10 celebrated K-Pop singers, for rare concerts there.

The South Korean musical artists will visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, from March 31 to April 3 and give two performances, according to a joint statement issued after the two Koreas met at a border village.

The development comes during a thaw in the North Korean nuclear crisis. A North Korean band performed in South Korea during the recently ended Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

In this photo provided by South Korea Unification Ministry, North Korean Hyon Song Wol, left, head of a North Korean art troupe, walks with her South Korean counterpart Yun Sang to hold a meeting to discuss a South Korean art troupe’s planned performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the North side of Panmunjom, North Korea, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. South Korea Unification Ministry via AP / AP

The South Korean delegation will include some of the country’s pop legends, including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sunhee and Cho Jin Hee, who performed in Pyongyang during a previous era of detente. Popular girl band Red Velvet is also among the South Korean groups, the statement said.

South Korea last sent a pop singer to North Korea in 2005, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.

During Tuesday’s talks, the two Koreas were unable to agree on which songs the South Korean singers will sing in Pyongyang, a potentially sensitive issue in a country where most citizens are blocked from accessing outside information. But South Korean delegates said they are optimistic an agreement can be reached, saying they will exchange letters via a cross-border communication channel.

In this March 25, 2014, photo, South Korean Lee Sunhee performs in a concert in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea siad on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, it will send a 160-member artistic delegation to North Korea, including about 10 popular K-Pop singers. Park Chan-soo/Newsis via AP

“When it comes to the list of songs, I don’t think it will take a long time if we talk about the songs they know,” said chief South Korean delegate Yoon Sang, a popular singer and composer. “Some sensitivity remains regarding which songs we’ll choose.”

The Koreas also haven’t agreed on who else will be included in the South Korean artistic delegation other than K-Pop singers. Past South Korean performances in the North included a joint symphony concert, an opera and folk music.

Yoon’s North Korean counterpart in the talks was Hyon Song Wol, leader of the North’s only girl band. She also headed another North Korean band which performed in the South during the Olympics. Her planning visit to South Korea in January triggered a media frenzy.