Pop stars to play first North Korean concert in a decade

Marsha Scott
March 22, 2018

They will stage the first performances by South Korean acts in the North since 2007. The recent Winter Olympics helped to soothe tensions between South Korea and North Korea, and now, there's another big ice-breaker.

Yun Sang, a 50-year-old Berklee College of Music-educated singer, was tapped for the position given his expertise in diverse musical genres and his ability to produce the performances in a short amount of time, Seoul said.

Seoul's culture ministry said that an art group is expected to be joined by various musicians for a concert that will be centered on South Korean pop music.

Meanwhile, the ministry explained on Monday on why it picked Yoon Sang, a singer and record producer, to head the South Korean art troupe for the performance.

South Korea on Tuesday agreed to send a 160-member art troupe including pop singers Lee Sun-hee, Cho Yong-pil and girl group Red Velvet to Pyongyang for two concerts planned for early April, according to Seoul's Ministry of Unification. "We are honored and happy to attend a meaningful event", the "Bad Boy" singers said in a statement.

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The South Korean troupe will give two concerts, at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium, which can accommodate some 12,000 spectators, Yonhap news agency reported.

To recall, North Korea sent its own performers to South Korea for the sports gathering.

The diplomatic thaw that accompanied the Games saw the suspension of huge joint US-South Korean military exercises that were due to take place at the same time. The girls are now looking forward to showing their talents in front of their North Korean fans.

Despite the misgivings of some South Koreans, tickets were in high demand, with 156,000 people applying for 530 pairs of available seats.

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