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Christian musicians in 2 American bands to perform in North Korea, hope to ease tensions

ICC Note: Let us pray that somehow the message of the gospel will make an impact on those hand-picked to listen to these Christian singers in North Korea.

by ROSE FRENCH
04/11/09 North Korea (AP) — Christians in two American bands are scheduled to perform in North Korea next week, despite the communist nation’s defiant missile launch and warlike rhetoric.

Annie Wolaver, lead singer and violinist for the Annie Moses Band, says her classical-fusion ensemble and the contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns are the only Americans invited to the 2009 Spring Friendship Art Festival, which aims to emphasize artistic exchange and promotion of peace and goodwill within the country.

Casting Crowns also performed at the festival in Pyongyang two years ago. Mark Hall, lead singer for Casting Crowns, said the group is honored by the invitation and excited to again perform.