PYONGYANG/SEOUL, April 3 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) – South Korea’s culture minister on Tuesday confirmed reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proposed holding another performance in Seoul by a North Korean art troupe.
“Chairman Kim said there should be another concert in the South since ‘Spring Comes’ was successful,” Do Jong-whan said during a meeting with South Korean reporters.
“Then I proposed the idea of entitling it ‘Autumn Came’ almost simultaneously with him,” said the poet-turned politician.
A 160-member South Korean artistic group performed in Pyongyang for the first time in more than a decade on Sunday in return for a North Korean art troupe’s visit to Seoul in February to celebrate the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Do watched the performance sitting next to Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju.
Do said the North Korean leader showed considerable interest in South Korean pop songs and their singers during the show.
“He was delighted when singer Yoon Do-hyun began performing the song, ‘Man is Ship and Woman is Harbor,’ and asked musical director Yoon Sang about the song’s arrangement,” Do said.
Kim also asked if a song performed by Baek Ji-young is a latest hit and how much popular she is in the South, he added.
The South Korean art troupe is to hold a joint performance with North Korean artists on Tuesday afternoon before returning home, wrapping up a four-day visit.