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Concert, screening at Prague’s Lucerna to mark day against racism

21-03-2012 16:52 | Jan Velinger, Magdalena Hrozínková

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to mark the occasion organisers from Opona, a non-profit NGO, have helped put together an exhibition, screening and concert to take place on Wednesday afternoon and evening at Prague’s Lucerna. Several notable Czech artists, including Ester Kočičková Xindl X, and the Tap Tap are taking part.  More

Sylvie Bodorová, born a composer

18-03-2012 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Sylvie Bodorová This week's Sunday Music Show takes a well-earned look at Sylvie Bodorová, one of the main figures of Czech modern classical music for the last 30 years. Her compositions have been performed on every continent in that time, including Antarctica. She is one of few female composers whose work is a staple of classical musical festivals the world over and is featured on more than two dozen albums.  More

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



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