K-pop girl group gets black rapper
AT A glance, it might seem a bit strange in the Korean music industry with so many global fans that an African-American idol member can make headlines.
Nevertheless, Alexandra, a 21-year-old musician from New York, is making an online buzz, for being the first black musician in K-pop.
Alexandra has joined girl group Rania as a new rapper, agency DR Music said yesterday.
Alexandra was born in Texas and has been building her musical career in Texas and New York.
According to the agency, the new member was trained from 15 under the American hip-hop label Def Jam, home to A-list artists Kanye West, Jay Z, Rhianna and Drake.
Scott Rodger, Bruno Mars' manager, was working with Alexandra for her debut until she decided to start her career in Korea, the agency officials said.
The six-member group will begin their album activities starting with today's M! Countdown on Mnet.
It has become common for Korean entertainment agencies to scout Asian members to expand their presence and popularity in other Asian countries, where K-pop is receiving the most response from.
JYP Entertainment's newest girl group Twice has Taiwanese and Japanese members, while Got7 has members from the United States, Thailand and Hong Kong.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK