Joss Stone plays 'unofficial gig' in North Korea
SEOUL - AFP
Stone, who has performed in more than 175 countries since embarking on the Total World Tour five years ago, was pictured singing in a bar in Pyongyang in front of a small group of tourists and guides on March 13.
The 31-year-old artist, who has recently sung in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, announced the trip on Instagram before boarding a plane to the North.
The visit was arranged by Simon Cockerell, who runs Koryo Tours, which specialises in trips to the isolated country.
Cockerell described the performance as an "unofficial gig" and posted photos of Stone singing for around 40 tourists and guides at a bar he identified as the Yanggakdo cinema complex.
It is rare for North Korea to allow foreign musicians to perform for ordinary citizens, though last year a handful of South Korean pop artists were invited to Pyongyang amid a rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula.