PYONGANG, North Korea (CelebrityAccess) If “only Nixon could go to China,” then only K-Pop’s Red Velvet could save the world from nuclear disaster.
Red Velvet, one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups, was part of a “cultural chasm offensive,” performing in Pyongyang, North Korea last night alongside 10 other musical groups as well as dancers and martial artists. It was the first concert in Pyongyag by South Korean entertainers in more than a decade, and the first time such a concert was attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim attended the concert with his wife, a former singer, Kim’s powerful sister Kim Yo Jong, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, according to international news outlet France 24.
The Sunday concert is the first of two, the second scheduled for Tuesday. The performances occur during a “diplomatic thaw” between the two countries that only a few months ago were staring down each other across the Korean Peninsula.
“He (Kim Jong Un) showed great interest in the songs and lyrics (of South Korean singers) during the concert,” Do Jong-hwan, Seoul’s culture chief and the head of the delegation, told reporters.
Kim Jong Un also greeted performers backstage and suggested that another concert take place this fall.