In the past years, South Korean K-pop artists, including popular K-pop groups of the 1990s - Sechskies and Fin.K.L, Shinhwa and Baby V.O.X. - have performed in North Korea as part of the divided Koreas' efforts to maintain cultural exchange.
"Our first task will be to instill the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do our South Korean ones, and make sure nothing is awkward", Yoon Sang, a singer and record producer who will direct the upcoming concerts, told Reuters.
The South's art group will visit the North's capital from March 31 to April 3 for two performances, according to a joint statement adopted after inter-Korean talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
The performances, announced by the South's Ministry of Unification after talks with North Korean delegates, come after North Korean musicians and martial artists traveled to the South for the Winter Olympics in February. He has also been named the musical director of the South's art troupe to Pyongyang, marking the first time for a South Korean entertainer to represent a delegation in inter-Korean talks. For this, an advance team from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from Thursday to Saturday. Lee's signature song To J, was performed by the Samjiyon Orchestra last month in the South.
K-pop singers are to perform in North Korea for the first time in nearly 15 years.
Seoul's Culture Ministry said the performance would center on South Korean pop music.
The ministry said the South's art troupe will visit Pyongyang via a flight, an issue subject to consultations with the global community due to sanctions on the North. Each act will hold two performances at the city's East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium. "We selected him because he is well versed in diverse music genres that appeal to each generation", a spokesman said.
Seoul committed to sending a delegation of 160 performers, which will include Red Velvet as well as singers Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin Hee, Yoon Do-hyun, Baek Z Young, Jung-in, Seohyun and Ali.