Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun To Perform North Korean Song At Upcoming Concert In Pyongyang
On March 26, the concert staff revealed Seohyun will be singing North Korean song “Blue Willow Tree,” in addition to emceeing the concert. “Blue Willow Tree” is the representative song of North Korean singer Kim Kwang Sook, and was composed by Hwang Jin Young and written by Jeon Dong Woo. The track is also popular for being included in the repertoire of the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble.
The staff continued on to say that a choir will also be performing “Let’s Meet Again” and “Our Wish” at the concert. Seohyun had previously sang those two songs with the Samjiyon Band at their concert in Seoul this past February.
South Korean artists will be performing their own concert on April 1, with a joint performance with North Korea scheduled for April 3. As April 3 features a united concert, there is a high probability that North Korean songs will be performed, and many are looking forward to the various performances.
Senior officials from the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence, visited North Korea ahead of the concert to confirm logistics. Upon returning to South Korea on March 24, the officials shared that there are a variety of performances planned, including ones that feature a North Korean ensemble and a South Korean singer, a North Korean singer and a South Korean ensemble, and both North and South Korean songs performed jointly by musicians from each country.
South Korean artists have performed North Korean songs at concerts in North Korea before. In 2002, Lee Mi Ja performed “Let’s Meet Again” with the Joseon State National Art Troupe as the ending stage for the MBC Pyongyang Special Concert, while Choi Jin Hee performed “Nice To Meet You” and “Whistle” on the second day of the concert. Additionally, at a Pyongyang concert in 2005, Cho Yong Pil performed his renditions of North Korean songs “Lullaby” and “Meeting Again After a Tough Time,” which he chose to remake himself after listening to over 100 songs.