Singers From all Continents to Open World Cup

    March 04, 2002 19:01

    Korea's pop legend Jo Yong-pil and Japanese idol Namie Amuro will perform at a concert on the eve of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup along with singers representing each of the continents competing in the finals.

    Lee Tae-haeng, executive director of the Cultural Events Organizing Office, said Monday that singers from Korea, China, Japan, Europe, South America and Africa invited for the pop program of the event held at World Cup Park on May 30, along with singers of official anthem local versions, Brown Eyes and Lena Park of Korea and Chemistry for Japan.

    The biggest name in Korean entertainment industry, Jo will dedicate a song celebrating the international event, and Namie Amuro, a widely popular figure among Japanese youngsters, and Chinese artist Song Zu Ying will also appear at the show. French entertainer Patricia Kaas, who had shown remarkable talents in various genres including blues, jazz and rock, will represent Europe, while Argentina's Diego Torres, singer of hit album "Tratar de Estar Mejor," has been selected for South America. The organizing committee is considering either of South African Republic's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who had performed at the inaugural ceremony for Nelson Mandella in 1994, and Ismael Lo, nicknamed "Bob Dylan of Senegal" for African continent.

    Acclaimed soprano Jo Su-mi and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform duo in the classic programming of the celebration, which will begin at 8:00pm.

    (Kim Chol-hwan,

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