Pop stars to play first North Korean concert in a decade

They will be directed by singer and producer Yoon Sang. He has also been named the musical director of the South's art troupe to Pyongyang, marking the first time for a South Korean entertainer to represent a delegation in inter-Korean talks. He was the last South Korean singer to grace Pyongyang's stage in 2005, according to Reuters.

K-pop stars will play the first concerts by South Korean artists in the North for more than a decade as the dramatic thaw in relations kicked off by the recent Winter Olympics gathers pace.

"Our foremost task is to deliver the same emotions and natural mood as we show here to North Korea and fellow Koreans in the North".

This, too, will be Red Velvet's first time to go to Pyongyang. "We will prepare well to showcase great performances".

Meanwhile, Yoon Sang admitted that it is not easy to choose which among the k-pop songs are loved by the two countries.

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The latest round of cultural exchange was a result of the two Koreas' talks in the run-up to and after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, left, head of a North Korean art troupe, shakes hands with her South Korean counterpart Yun Sang after meeting in North Korea.

South Korea agreed to send an art troupe and a taekwondo demonstration team to Pyongyang when South Korean special envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early March.

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

The visit will take place between March 31 and April 3 and will include a series of concerts at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium. 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.

  • Sonia Alvarado