Black, Korean American teams unite for ‘Seoul to Soul’ in Baltimore

September 11, 2015


A collaborative performance by black and Korean Americans in Baltimore, titled “Bmore Seoul to Soul,” will fill the Ynot Lot this Sunday.

The event is an attempt to relieve tensions between the two communities.

According to Baltimore City Paper, the event is organized by the Bmore Than Dance group, a group of club dancers, and the Maryland Korean Traditional Culture Association.

Five Korean traditional teams under the association will bring out instruments like the samulnori and gayageum, while Bmore dancers will stage hip-hop and club culture.

One participant, Lamar Robinson, will perform a soul song and “Ring Ding Dong” by K-pop boy band SHINee.

Seoul to Soul was originally put on in May as a reaction to the Baltimore Uprising, much of which affected neighborhoods with predominantly black residents and Korean-owned businesses.

“I think that’s important for our future generation, for our American immigration history, staying open to others and creating a new form of culture,” Michelle Lee, one of the organizers of the initial event, told City Paper.