September 22, 2009 07:22
Jazz singer Nah Youn-sun will be made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, a first for a Korean pop musician. Nah's agency Herb Music said she will be given the medal by the French culture minister on Oct. 5 "for her contribution to cultural exchange between Korea and France."
The honor was established in 1957 and turned into a knighthood by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.
A graduate in French literature from Konkuk University, the 40-year-old singer was famous in France before being recognized in Korea. She won grand prizes in the Jazz à Juan festival in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins in 2005 and at St. Maur Jazz in 1999. In 2007, she became the first Korean to perform at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, the most prestigious concert hall for jazz musicians.
Nah's sphere of activity is expanding. Since June, she has been on a world tour, visiting France, Hong Kong, Germany, Malaysia and Finland. In October, she is scheduled to give concerts in 16 cities in Germany.
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