Veteran Singers Slated to Perform in Pyongyang

In the 2000s, various Korean pop singers, including Cho Yong-pil, regarded as a contemporary Korean pop legend, and idol groups, performed in the North's capital. 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.

Hyun Song-wol (left), leader of North Korea all-female Moranbong Club and Yun Sang (right), South Korean singer-songwriter enter the Tongilgak administrative building on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday for working-level talks.

According to Reuters the group of singers will visit Pyongyang from 31 March to 3 April and will hold two shows, one at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the other at the Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium.

The deal is the latest step in the detente that began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said at the beginning of the year that he meant to improve ties. It added that in selecting the head of the art troupe, its policy was to select a person well-versed in the characteristics of each generation of Korean pop music. She also performed at a concert there in 2003.


Yoon Sang, the singer and record producer who led South Korea's delegation at the talks, said, "While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings towards denuclearisation".

The North sent its own art troupe to South Korea to celebrate the the Olympics last month, with 140 members of the Samjiyon Orchestra staging two performances.

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.

North Korea is set to host it's first K-Pop concert in over a decade. The girls are now looking forward to showing their talents in front of their North Korean fans.


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