Hana Hegerová, who is sometimes nicknamed the Czechoslovakia’s Edith Piaf, celebrated her 88th birthday this month. Known for her ability to dramatically interpret lyrics, the Bratislava born singer and actress dominated the Czechoslovak chanson scene for many decades and received critical acclaim from abroad.
Czech singers are giving a concert in Karlín on Sunday night in honour of
chanson queen Hana Hegerová’s 88th birthday.
Lucie Bílá, Hana Zagorová Lenka Filipová and Lenka Molavcová are among the artists who will be giving a rendition of some of Hégerová’s most popular hits.
Hegerová, who ended her career in 2011, will not be present for health reasons.
Hip Hop Kemp, the largest music festival of the genre in Central and Eastern Europe officially kicks off on Thursday night at the massive open-air site Festivalpark on the outskirts of Hradec Králové. But thousands of fans, including hundreds from abroad, particularly Poland, have already begun descending on the city. Along the way, scores have found themselves caught up in police searches for illegal drugs and contraband.
Hana Hegerová, dubbed “the Slav Edith Piaf” turned 85 in October. In the course of a career spanning more than six decades she recorded over twenty albums, appeared in more than a dozen films and gave thousands of concerts. In this edition of Sunday Music we pay tribute to the queen of Czech chanson.
The Prague theatre Divadlo Rokoko is celebrating 100 years of existence on Saturday. The city centre venue began as Kabaret Rokoko under the famous songwriter and director Karel Hašler and later played host to emerging 1960s pop singers such as Waldemar Matuška, Hana Hegerová and the Golden Kids (Marta Kubišová, Helena Vondráčková and Václav Neckář). Several stars – including Neckář, Karel Štědrý, Eva Pilarová and Soňa Červená – are set to take part in a special show that will recount the theatre’s 100-year history in 100 minutes, organisers said.
The regional court in Brno has sentenced 33-year-old Marek Teplý, a rapper who goes by the stage name of El Maron, to 11.5 years in prison for a murder committed on December 30 last year. Mr Teplý, who had been drinking heavily, reportedly stabbed another man in the back in a bar in Třebíč. The defendant said he had no memory of the attack; but he admitted to the murder and expressed regret for his actions. Psychologists confirmed he suffered from no psychological problems. Besides the prison sentence, Mr Teplý has been ordered to pay 2.25 million crowns in damages to the murdered man’s relatives. The ruling can still be appealed.
Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech –Radio Prague’s Czech language series in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by a rapper going by the name of Johnny Machette – it is called Neřeš to – meaning don’t deal with this, or drop it –and that’s the phrase to look out for today.
Renowned Czech singer Hana Hegerová is in hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack on Thursday; the 83-year-old, who retired from show business three years ago, is in an induced coma at the General Teaching Hospital in Prague, a spokesman confirmed. He was not at liberty to reveal further details. Hana Hegerová is best-known for chansons; she worked closely with composer Petr Hapka, who died at the end of November at the age of 70 and was laid to rest on Thursday.