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Red Velvet Helps Mend Ages Old Conflict

Anna Ventura, Editor

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Red Velvet, a South Korean girl group from SM entertainment, recently had the honor of performing in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 1st of this year.

Red Velvet debuted in 2014 with the title track “Happiness.”then soared to further fame with their 2017 summer release, “Red Flavor.”

The girls performed their hit “Red Flavor” along with their most recent release at the time “Bad Boy.” The group has garnered an immense fan base, as well as a lot of success in the domestic and international markets.

Their most viewed music video on youtube has amounted to over 112 million views since 2016, and the total views for all their music videos is over 719 million and is climbing everyday.

The performance in North Korea was part of a concert titled “Spring is Coming.” North and South Korea have been at odds for many years, but recently the nations have taken steps to mend their relations.

Red Velvet was not the only South Korean artist to be invited to this event; many performers attended the event. Among them were Choi Yong Pil, an iconic singer beloved by older audiences and Seohyun, a member of top selling girl group, Girls’ Generation.

The girls were given an enthusiastic response from the audience, which consisted of major players in the North Korean government. After the concert, the girls met with Kim Jong Un and later expressed in an interview how honored they felt to meet him and to be chosen to perform. The North Korean leader had changed his schedule to be able to see the concert and specifically to watch Red Velvet perform.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in have recently discussed and expressed their plans to end the armistice agreement that ended the Korean war in 1953. The two nations are now seeking a peace treaty and are hoping for complete denuclearization of the peninsula.

According to nknews.org, the Koreas have decided to end all hostile acts towards each other starting May 1st. This includes stopping the use of propaganda loudspeakers and the spreading of leaflets in the Military Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

While Red Velvet and the other performers can not take credit for this historic event, they should still feel proud that they were able to use their talents to bring these two countries together and demonstrate that music is something all people have in common.

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  1. Tori on May 8th, 2018 2:23 pm

    good job!

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