Red Velvet begins to gain popularity even in North Korea
As you may know, recently there has been progress in the relationship between North and South Korea. North Korea gave a peace sign to South Korean and the US by participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and Kim Jung-un, the ruler of North Korea, made a proposal for holding a summit meeting between two Koreas. And more surprisingly, he expressed his willingness to meet President Trump.
In this situation, various Korean musicians including Cho Yong Pil, Lee Sun Hee, Yoon Do Hyun and Girls' Generation's Seohyun will visit North Korea and hold a concert soon, which is expected to contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula. All of the musicians are top class singers in Korea, and Seohyun, who has participated in North Korean orchestra's special concert in Seoul held in February, got her second chance to perform in front of North Korean people.
However, the most notable feature of the Korean musicians' concert to be held in North Korea is that Red Velvet, one of the most popular k-pop girl groups, will take part in the concert too. You know, North Korea has had a succession of absolute dictatorships and has hesitated at the open door. They have their girl groups, but it's quite surprising that the k-pop girl group members who wear sexy costumes and sing and dance in Western style will visit the capital of the country and perform in front of people.
According to Yun Sang, singer-composer and South Korea's chief delegate for inter-Korean working-level talks on the South Korean art troupe's proposed concert in Pyeongyang, they chose Red Velvet as one of the performers because they wanted to include a variety of different artists in the troupe.
But that's not all. Surprisingly, Red Velvet is one of the most popular k-pop idol groups in North Korea, and that's also one reason why the girl group was chosen as one of the performers.
When North Korea sent 12 women's ice hockey players to form a unified team with 23 South Koreans in February, the North Korean players hummed some South Korean songs to themselves while practicing. And two of the most popular idol groups among the players were BTS and Red Velvet.
Well, it seems Red Velvet, who has been enjoying great popularity all over the world, already began to gain popularity even in North Korea. I hope the 5 pretty members will do well for their concert in Pyeongyang.