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Recording of Nico’s 1985 illegal Brno concert comes out on vinyl

15-03-2012 16:52 | Jan Richter

Nico Czechoslovakia’s communist authorities kept a tight control of all aspects of life, including the arts, and of course, rock music. Only officially sanctioned artists were allowed to perform publicly or record albums. But some people had the courage to defy the system and organize illegal concerts. In 1985, a group of rock fans in Brno staged an illegal concert by the legendary singer Nico whose recording, only now, is about to be released on vinyl.  More

Violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl

11-03-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Pavel Šporcl This week’s Sunday Music Show profiles violinist Pavel Šporcl whose enormous talent has won him international acclaim and whose unassuming stage presence makes his concerts a unique experience.  More

Music from the Noughties

04-03-2012 02:01 | Peter Smith

Monkey Business In this week’s Sunday Music Show we highlight some of brightest new rock and pop acts in the Czech Republic. Listen to fresh tracks from Bek Ofis and a brace by Prague funk outfit Monkey Business – as well as a classic from the first winner of Czech Pop Idol.  More

Chinaski - one of the most successful Czech pop bands today

26-02-2012 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

Chinaski In this edition of our Sunday Music Show, we bring you the greatest hits by the popular pop rock outfit Chinaski, a band that has stormed the Czech charts many times.  More

Sunday Music Show

19-02-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Lucie Bílá - 'Láska je Láska' In today's edition we look back at some of the most popular Czech bands in the 1990s, after the so-called Velvet divorce between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Bands and performers you’ll hear include the rock group Lucie, folksinger Jaromír Nohavica, jazzman Jiří Stivín and more.  More

The Cross Club – independent culture centre with a twist

15-02-2012 14:25 | Dominik Jůn

In this week’s Spotlight we take you to an independent culture centre decorated with an abstract array of industrial machine part artistry.  More

Czech music composer Karel Svoboda

12-02-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Karel Svoboda This week’s Sunday Music Show is devoted to Karel Svoboda one of the country’s most prolific composers, the author of countless hit-songs, well-known scores for films, musicals, TV series and theatre productions. Although the man himself was never centre stage several generations of Czechs grew up with his music and people still hum many of his evergreens.  More

Satchmo and the liberating power of jazz

11-02-2012 02:01 | David Vaughan

Louis Armstrong Nothing better symbolizes the political thaw in 1960s Czechoslovakia than the boom in jazz, which many saw as embodying the very idea of individual expression and freedom from constraint. It is not hard to imagine the excitement when Louis Armstrong came to Prague in March 1965. Many people felt that Czechoslovakia had at last come in from the cold, and his concert at Prague’s Lucerna Ballroom was a cultural milestone. It ended with Satchmo thanking his audience, commenting that the Czech passion for jazz had come as quite a surprise to him.  More

Petr Novák: The man who wrote the soundtrack for the Prague Spring

07-02-2012 16:45 | Coilin O'Connor

Petr Novák Petr Novák's unmistakeable, delicate tenor voice is synonymous with Czechoslovak society of the late 1960s. This talented musician shot to fame in this country at the time of the Prague Spring, when his gentle love songs influenced by Western pop groups like The Beatles were hugely popular among young Czechs. His success during this era, however, proved to be short-lived and his career subsequently stagnated under the influence of communist repression and his own problems with alcohol.  More

Moravian folk fusion band Hradišťan and Jiří Pavlica

05-02-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

Hradišťan Hradišťan is one of the country’s most respected interprets of folk music. The band started as a folk music ensemble in the south Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště – hence the name – in the 1950s but its rise to popularity and critical acclaim began when Jiří Pavlica became the band’s leader, or primáš, in the 1970s.  More

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