Can North Korea Handle a K-Pop Invasion?

K-Pop diplomacy South Korean artists fly to North for rare concerts

K-Pop diplomacy South Korean artists fly to North for rare concerts

"Spring is Coming" is the title of the performances by the troupe, which come ahead of an inter-Korean summit slated for April 27.

During the games, a North Korean art troupe performed in South Korea, and Moon and his wife watched it with visiting senior North Korean officials including Kim Yo Jong, who became the first member of the North's ruling Kim family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea's K-pop stars have reportedly performed in North Korea for the first time in more than a decade as the two countries on the divided peninsula prepare for a rare summit.

The South Korean musicians taking part include singers and bands from a variety of genres, ranging from traditional folk songs to trendier K-pop, while some 20 taekwondo performers have also travelled.

Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, and other top officials, including nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, were also at the event.

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Kim shook hands and took photos with the stars backstage, saying inter-Korean cultural events should be held more often and suggesting another event in the South Korean capital this autumn, pool reports said.

"I hope that something similar will happen during this concert held in response (to the North's Seoul concert)", Do Jong-hwan, Seoul's culture minister leading the delegation, told reporters in Pyongyang.

Athletes from North and South Korea marched under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony at the Pyongchang Winter Olympics in February and the significant thaw in the inter-Korean relations has led them to set a date for their first summit in more than a decade on April 27.

One concert took place on Sunday evening local time at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, said South Korean media, with another set to follow on Tuesday. Riding on the momentum, North Korea is set to hold talks with the USA on denuclearization before the end of May.

"The North's audience applauded to our performance much louder than we expected and even sang along to our was a big relief", band member Yeri told reporters.

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Red Velvet will be performing their hit songs "Red Flavor" and "Bad Boy".

'Unfortunately, she will not be able to attend the concert'. The South Korean government confirmed that the Gangnam Style singer had been considered for the roster, but didn't make the final cut.

Kim's late father and longtime ruler, Kim Jong Il, was known to be a fan of the 68-year-old singer. She made a surprise appearance alongside a North Korean classical music ensemble during their performance in Seoul last month.

The stiffened crowd refused to respond to the athletes who motioned them to clap their hands to "Fire" - an intense electro-dance score peppered with rapid-fire rap delivered in both Korean and English.

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