For the first time in over a decade, South Korea has announced it will send more than 150 musicians, including K-pop superstars Red Velvet and singers Cho Yong-Pil and Lee Sun-hee, to perform in North Korea, The Guardian report. Details were agreed upon during negotiations between the two countries held in the border area of Panmunjom.
Earlier, a South Korean delegation led by singer and composer Yun Sang held talks with North Korean delegates led by Hyon Song-wol, who is the head of the North Korean Samjiyon Orchestra.
South Korea played host to a number of North Korean acts during the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it looks as though the North is willing to return the favour by inviting not one, not two but 160 South Korean artists across the border.
The ministry said the South's art troupe will visit Pyongyang via a flight, an issue subject to consultations with the worldwide community due to sanctions on the North.
According to Yun Sang, although North Korea offered the option of using its iconic Koryo Hotel for accommodations, the proposal needs to be further considered.
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For some in the team, the upcoming trip will be an opportunity to revisit North Korea.
Tuesday's talks lasted almost four hours after beginning at around 10 a.m. "We selected him because he is well versed in diverse music genres that appeal to each generation", a spokesman said.
He is the first entertainer to ever represent South Korea in talks with North Korea.
In 2005 Cho took the North Korean audience by storm with a solo performance in Pyongyang. In the 2000s, various Korean pop singers, including Cho Yong-pil and idol groups, performed in the North's capital. A possible joint performance of the two Koreas' musicians was not confirmed, but he said consultations would follow ahead of the concerts.
"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".