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K-pop Popularity on the Rise in Lima

Posted: Jun. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Cosplaying as Pain from Naruto in Lima, Peru
Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Korean pop music, also known as K-pop, has been seeing a substantial rise in popularity lately in Lima, with event attendance surpassing 10,000, which is highly impressive considering K-pop is so incredibly different than most of the music that comes out of Latin America.

LIMA, Peru - Teenagers throughout Latin America have long looked north for pop music inspiration. Now the East is rising, with a large and enthusiastic cult of fans in some countries following the K-pop music from Korea.

It's a movement especially strong in Peru and Chile, and it goes far beyond Psy and "Gangnam Style."

Some 13,000 fans attended an April concert in Lima by the group Super Junior. Another group, Big Bang, drew 14,000 in November. They've drawn similar crowds in neighbouring Chile.

Hundreds of fans such as Araceli Galan gather each week in a downtown park in Lima to dance to the energetic music. Some dress up as Korean comic book characters.


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