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South Korean R&B Singer Jung Yuri Brings Crowd on with "You can Do It"
By June Low
Staff Writer
Singer Jung Yuri (left) engaging in a conversation with comedian Jeong Jong-Chul (center) and singer Mr. Hong Kyung-Min, who serves as emcee for Yuri's concert held at Riverside Hotel in Seoul on Oct. 3, 2012.

South Korean R&B singer Ms. Jung Yuri (정유리 in Korean) held a gala concert at the Riverside Hotel on Oct. 3, 2012 to launch a showcase on the “Healing Collaboration” program.

The gala concert was attended by distinguished guests, artistes, local singers and entertainers, and foreign envoys serving in Seoul.

Amongst the foreign diplomats who graced the event included 1st Secretary Syed Nasir Ershad of the Bangaldesh Embassy in Seoul and his family, Minister Counsellor Ernesto Torres Pereyra of the Dominican Republic Embassy in Seoul, 1st Counsellor Thomas Schroder of the German Embassy in Seoul, Kenyan Ambassador Ngovi Kitau, Malaysian Ambassador Dato Ramlan Ibrahim, and Counsellor Raoul Imbach of the Swiss Embassy in Seoul.

Yuri in Concert — South Korean R&B singer Yuri showing off her moves and singing ability at the showcase for the “Healing Collaboration” program in a concert held at Riverside Hotel in Seoul on Oct. 3, 2012. A number of guests including top foreign ambassadors were invited to her concert. South Korean entertainers including singer of "The One", Hong Kyung-Min, and comedian Jeong Jong-Chul, were also present.

Korea's renowned emcee and singer Mr. Hong Kyung-Min also acted as the emcee at the concert and comedian Mr. Jeong Jong-Chul further entertained the crowd with his beat-boxing skills.

The collaboration was initiated to introduce K-pop culture while promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Yuri has partnered with health trainer Mr. Sean Lee in this collaboration effort to choreograph the body movements for their debut song “You Can Do It”.

“You Can Do It” consisted of a rhythmic mix of lively and vibrant K-pop music, coordinated with simple body movement exercises and dance steps which make it easy for anyone to learn.

Yuri poses with Kenyan Ambassador Ngovi Kitau (2nd from left) and other Kenyan guests at her concert in Seoul.

K-pop lovers can now not only enjoy the music but also dance according to the songs while doing these work-out exercises.

“We hope that Korean-pop culture will not be an end but a starting point in other countries to lead and influence its people,” Yuri said of her vision to spread the influences of K-pop culture abroad.

Yuri, a health advocate subsequently revealed her weekly exercising regime included mountain climbing, going to the gym, as well as playing tennis.

Yuri with Sean Lee — South Korean R&B singer Yuri and health trainer Sean Lee introducing the "Healing Collaboration" project to the audience through their debut song "You Can Do It" at the showcase concert in Seoul. Her fitness music is expected to hit the market with famous health trainer Sean Lee as her partner. Yuri hopes to preach God's peace to the world through her singing.

“What a tonic and refreshing performance by Yuri who not only showed her beauty but also proved to the audience that her beauty comes with stamina and an amazing voice,” Swiss Counsellor Raoul Imbach said. “Yuri has what it takes to continue the expansion of K-pop at home and abroad with this new gender of health experience K-pop”

“Yuri displayed a unique combination of elegance and grace, with a powerful and sweet voice,” Dominican Republic Minister Counsellor Ernesto Torres Pereyra said. “She showed the bright energy of a super nova, lighting up the stage with charm and splendor and diverse repertoire and exciting choreographic moves”

Yuri poses with Minister Counsellor Ernesto Torres Pereyra (2nd from right) of the Dominican Republic Embassy and Counsellor Raoul Imbach (2nd from left) of the Swiss Embassy in Seoul. At far right is Madam Imbach.

Yuri debuted in 2001 with the album entitled “Just like R&B”. She uses the stage name AB and has previously partnered with well-known artistes such as MC Sniper, Stony Skunk and Honey Family.

In 2000, she entered the Cyber Music Festival as a contestant and was recognized instantly for her unique voice. She subsequently performed R&B music and also composed her own songs.

Some of the albums she produced included “Just Like R&B”, and “The Ring of Diamond”. Other singles she released included “Doh Doh” and “From December”.

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June Low serves as staff writer for The Seoul Times. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a degree in psychology. Low studied the Korean language at Yonsei University and Sogang University in Seoul. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and the piano.






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