BHUBANESWAR: Ok-pop or Korean pop, an immensely common music style on the earth owing to its craze amongst kids, acquired its first-ever Indian star after 18-year-old singer from Odisha, Sriya Lenka was chosen to be one of many new group members of the Ok-pop group, Blackswan on Thursday together with a Brazilian woman.

In December final yr, Lenka, a lanky woman from Rourkela metropolis, was chosen for the final leg of coaching in Seoul to develop into a member of the Korean pop band Blackswan, after its oldest member Hyeme left the group in November 2020. The group’s promoter, DR Music in Could final yr introduced world auditions to exchange her after which Lenka and Gabriela Dalcin of Brazil, 19, had been chosen amongst 4,000 candidates by means of a YouTube audition programme.

Although DR Music was supposed to choose only one member for Blackswan, they introduced the names of Lenka and Gabriela to be the fifth and sixth member of the Ok-pop group. “With their debut, we might be again with Blackswan,” stated the group in a put up on Instagram. Each Lenka and Gabriela might be in Seoul for subsequent few months for follow in order that the group brings out their subsequent album. Within the final 5 months, the 2 had been put to intense coaching course of which included normal vocal, rap, dance classes to non-public coaching, language, and musical devices.

Blackswan was began by the corporate as Rania in 2011. It later grew to become BP Rania earlier than getting its present identify in October 2020. It’s presently a 4-member Ok-pop woman band consisting of its chief and Korean singer Go Younger Heun (Youngheun), Belgium-based Senegalese singer-rapper-model Fatou Samba (Fatou), Korean singer-dancer Kim Da Hye (Judy) and maknae Brazilian-Japanese singer Larissa Ayumi Cartes Sakata (Leia). The group debuted in 2020 with a full album Goodbye Rania, adopted by its first single album Near Me in 2021.

Lenka, who has learnt Odissi classical dance in addition to freestyle, hip-hop and modern dance for the reason that age of 12, acquired hooked to Ok-pop like thousands and thousands of Indian youngsters. Her Ok-pop dream acquired a fillip when she she watched Exo’s Growl MV and tried to repeat the members’ strikes. Throughout Covid in 2020 she needed to follow on the roof of her home and discover ways to make audition movies from YouTube. When she began auditioning, she learnt Korean on-line and watched numerous Korean dramas to be taught each the language and tradition.

Lenka’s father Avinash Lenka, who works in a personal firm in Jharsuguda, stated he was overjoyed after listening to that his daughter can be the primary Indian to be a Ok-pop star. “Although I had religion on her exhausting work, I by no means anticipated that Sriya would make it. Regardless of all my misgivings about her future, I inspired her to observe her ardour for dancing as she all the time needed to be a dancer and took part in a number of dance competitions,” stated Lenka.

Ok-pop or Korean pop began out in South Korea in Nineties that included completely different musical genres comparable to rock, hip hop and digital music. Because the East Asian nation skilled an financial increase within the 90s bringing larger buying energy among the many nation’s kids, they gained simpler entry to American common tradition and artists. In accordance with moonROK, a Ok-pop information portal, the inspiration of Ok-pop was laid in 1992 with an electrical hip-hop TV efficiency by Web optimization Taiji and Boys. Quickly Ok-pop started spreading in non Asian international locations like USA and a few European international locations.

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