South Korean musicians hold concert in Pyongyang

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South Korean singers held a rehearsal Sunday afternoon at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre where the concert is set to begin at 7 pm (1030 GMT), according to South Korean pool photos.

The heads of South and North Korea have recently agreed upon a date for next month's talks, setting the landmark summit for April 27, meeting for the first time since 2007.

Fifteen years later, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to engage the region's major powers after advances in his nuclear programme prompted the United Nations to tighten sanctions and President Donald Trump to threaten war.

The majority of the South Korean art troupe and taekwondo athletes scheduled to give performances in Pyongyang ahead of a historic inter-Korean summit arrived in North Korea on Saturday.


Among the 120-strong delegates were former Girls' Generation member Seohyun, Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin-hee, Yoon Do-hyun, Baek Ji-young, Jungin, Seohyun, Ali, Kang San-eh, Kim Kwang-min and Red Velvet's Irene, Seulgi, Yeri and Wendy - who are without Joy, who now stars on the MBC drama Tempted.

This composite photo shows 10 South Korean artists and a girl group set to perform in Pyongyang. Kim is also expected to meet President Trump in May in a separate summit.

In February, the 26-year old performed alongside North Korea's 137-strong Samjiyon Orchestra, which was part of North Korea's art troupe during the recent Winter Games. As a result, the singer will not take part in the concert. As one of the most established K-pop acts today, the band is expected to offer a taste of some of the most cutting-edge K-pop to people in the isolated communist country.

The five-member girlband - known for its signature K-pop mix of upbeat electronic music, stylish fashion and high-voltage choreography - performed two of their hits, Bad Boy and Red Flavour.


Another member, Seulgi, appeared red-eyed as she bid farewell to the audience at the end of the concert, apparently overcome with emotion.

North Korean leader Kim Jong un and his wife Sunday attended the first concert in Pyongyang for more than a decade by South Korean performers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported.

Legendary South Korean singer Cho Yong-pil, who held a solo sell-out concert in Pyongyang in 2005, was another star of the show.

Do Jong-whan, minister of culture, sports and tourism, attends a congratulatory event at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul before departing for Pyongyang for a four-day visit, leading a 190-member South Korean delegation, mainly Korean pop musicians, on March 31, 2018. She made a surprise appearance alongside a North Korean classical music ensemble during their performance in Seoul last month.


K-pop legend Cho said: "I will comfortably perform in the North as I do here".

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