Last weekend, a group of singers from South Korea set off to North Korea for a concert in Pyongyang. They would hold a two-day concert called Spring is Coming at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
The first concert, held yesterday, was attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as his wife and sister.
And it seems there was a K-pop act whose performance he was looking forward to: girl group Red Velvet.
He was quoted to have said, “There had been interest in whether I would come and see Red Velvet. I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule. I thank you for this kind of gift to Pyongyang citizens.”
The K-pop group had performed two of their hit songs, “Bad Boy” and “Red Flavour”. Despite being a member down – Joy, who is filming a drama, had to pull out of the concert due to a conflict in schedule – the group put up a performance that impressed the North Korean leader.
culturally relevant artists red velvet delivering an iconic performance on a north korean stage… i'm so proud of them pic.twitter.com/JcjGAccXVl
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Red Velvet member Yeri said, “They clapped louder than I thought they would have, and even sang along. Because of that, a lot of my nervousness disappeared.”
Fellow member Wendy shared the same sentiments. She said, “I thought that even if we didn’t receive a reaction from the crowd, we should still do our best, but the audience’s reaction was great.”
The crowd wasn’t the only one enamoured by their performance, as well as the other artists’. Kim Jong Un was reportedly clapping along and took great interest in the performances.
The North Korean leader was also photographed greeting the artists backstage and even posed for a photo with them.
He reportedly told them to relay a message to South Korean president Moon Jae In to hold a similar event in Seoul in autumn.
Kim sharing a few words with S Korean musicians including Red Velvet pic.twitter.com/sU2YYAwu3Y
— Joseph Kim (@josungkim) April 1, 2018
Yeri told the media that she was nervous while shaking hand with the North Korean leader, but considered it an honour.
Fellow member Seulgi reportedly cried while singing “Our Wish is Unification”, a special collaboration stage between North and South Korean performers. Other performers from South Korea include Baek Jiyoung and Seohyun.
Seohyun and Red Velvet on brazilian news! They mentioned that it was the first time in over a decade that south korean singers performed in North Korea and that Kim Jong-un took pictures with the artists after the concert. pic.twitter.com/n8tp9vwLqQ
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The second day of concert is set to take place tomorrow.
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