Veteran Singers Slated to Perform in Pyongyang

The upcoming, four-day lineup will feature K-pop sensation Red Velvet, a five-member all-girl group, and singers Baek Ji Young and Lee Sun Hee.

Their good relationship has been ignited by the recent Winter Olympics.

After Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently announced his intention of improving ties between the North and South Korea, the announcement hopefully indicates a possible alleviation of the conflict between the two countries.

According to a joint statement issued after a meeting attended by both Koreas at a border village, a broad group of South Korean artists will soon be performing in Pyongyang.

South and North Korea kicked off working-level talks Tuesday to discuss a South Korean art troupe's planned performance in Pyongyang in early April.

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They said: 'While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings towards denuclearisation.

A number of K-pop artists, including Red Velvet and Seohyun, are among a 160-strong art troupe being sent to Pyongyang by South Korea for a number of concerts between March 31 and April 3. Apparently they were also unable to agree on which songs the South Korean singers will sing, but they are optimistic an agreement can be reached.

YB, formerly known as Yoon Do-hyun Band, sang the band's 2002 World Cup anthem in Pyongyang in 2002, when the band participated in South Korean broadcaster MBC's special show in the North's capital.

To recall, North Korea sent its own performers to South Korea for the sports gathering. Punchng reported that there is now a high-demand for the concert tickets as 156,000 people are trying their luck to secure their seats out of the 530 pairs available.

Following a historic summit between Seoul and Pyongyang in 2000, various Korean singers, including Cho Yong-pil, performed in the North.

  • Adam Floyd