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Lee Seung-chul sings at UN meeting


Lee Seung-chul

Singer Lee Seung-chul performed at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday. He sang the traditional Korean folk song “Arirang” at the 65th Annual UN DPI-NGO Conference, where leaders of nongovernmental organizations gathered to review the work they have done throughout the year and discuss new projects.

Lee is the first Korean singer to perform at the annual conference.

Lee sang in front of 3,500 participants at the opening of the three-day event, which ends today. In addition to “Arirang,” Lee performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a song by the U.S. folk rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, and an English-language version of his song “The Day,” which is about hope for Korean unification. This was the first time the song was translated into English.

Lee was invited to the event because of his charity work. He has been involved in volunteering and has donated money to build schools in Africa.

“I felt a surge of emotions as I got to spend some time with very respectable people,” Lee said about his recent performance, according to local media reports.

“I really put in my true heart when singing in order to thank the leaders of the NGOs in the world for their efforts, and hope that their works develop further.”

Lee is currently traveling with a choir of young North Korean defectors in the United States. He will be at Harvard University today to give a charity performance.

By Lee Sun-min

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