The Czech rock-pop band Jelen has released a new album paying tribute to the Czech country music legend Michal Tučný. The LP, called Půlnoční vlak Michala Tučného, contains eleven cover versions of the singer’s biggest hits. Tučný’s daughter Michaela appears as a guest singer on several of the songs.
Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to winners of the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards. Among them are The Atavists, named Discovery of the Year and winners of the Rock Album of the Year, for Lo-Fi Life, their second LP. Also in the programme are rock giants Lucie, whose disc EvoLucie was awarded Album of the Year; funk stalwarts Monkey Business (Band of the Year); Ty Nikdy (Best Rap Album) Barbora Poláková (female Singer of the Year) and Miro Žbirka (male Singer of the Year).
Join us for a look back at some of the Czech music highlights of the past year. In Radio Prague’s New Year’s Eve music show we bring you some of the most-played songs on radio this year. The bands include award-winning J.A.R with their new CD Escalation of Goodness, Mikolas Josef with Lie to Me, that won him sixth place at this year’s Eurovision contest, US based rock musician Ivan Král with his new album Colors and one of the biggest hits on YouTube this year - Lost and Found by Emma Smetana and Jordan Haj.
Czech singer Lenny was the big winner at this year’s Anděl Awards which were handed out during a televised ceremony on Monday, winning the prizes for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. Her debut, Hearts, which includes the hit Hell.o, has received extensive play and coverage. Thom Artway, meanwhile, was voted Best Newcomer and Best Male Vocalist.
David Koller was named singer of the year at the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards ceremony on Saturday night, and his album ČeskosLOVEnsko was voted Album of the year. The female singer of the year award went to Klára Vytisková. Kryštof picked up the Band of the year award and Barbora Poláková was voted Newcomer of the year, her song Nafrněná winning the award for the best song of 2015. Michal Pavlíček was inducted into the Czech music hall of fame. In their speeches the artists repeatedly criticized President Miloš Zeman.
Aneta Langerová was named the best female singer of the year at the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards ceremony on Thursday night, also winning the award for the best album, best song and best music video. Michal Hrůza took the best male singer of the year title and the band Chinaski was named band of the year. Singer Hana Zagorová, who was popular mainly in the 1970s and 1980s, was inducted into the Czech music hall of fame.
Mikoláš Růžička is perhaps best-known as one half of the guitar pop duo Republic of Two, who a few years back were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalents of the Grammys. However, this summer he is performing at festivals around the country with Piano, a project that began with an LP recorded in his apartment and has grown into a full band. Růžička comes from a South Bohemian village where his dad is the local art teacher, and alongside his career in music also works in the visual arts field.
The band Kryštof won two prizes at this year's Anděl music awards. Judges awarded the Band of the Year and Album of the Year prizes to the band, which was founded twenty years ago, at the Saturday evening ceremony in Prague. Aneta Langerová, who won the first season of the TV show Czech SuperStar in 2004, was selected as the best female singer of 2012, and Vojtěch Dyk of Nightwork as the best male singer. The folk-rock band Zrní was awarded the Best Newcomer of the year prize.