The 1968 protest song Prayer for Marta, by Jindřich Brabec a Petr Rada,
made famous by singer Marta Kubišová, has won Czech Radio’s Hit of the
The winner was announced at a concert on Old Town Square marking the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia at which Czech and Slovaks pop singers and bands performed the most popular songs of the past century.
Česká písnička by Karel Hašler placed second and Škoda lásky, the famous beer barrel polka by Jaromír Vejvoda, came third.
The biggest public event marking the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia was a concert that filled Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday evening. The culmination of the free show came with Marta Kubišová’s rendition of A Prayer for Marta, a song that came to symbolise the 1968 invasion.
A book exploring the part played by women in the anti-Communist dissent has
been launched in Prague. Entitled Bytová revolta: Jak ženy dělaly disent
(Apartment Revolution: How Woman Made the Dissent), it features profiles of
21 women who were not afraid to stand up to the Communist authorities in
the normalisation period of the 1970 and 1980s.
Among those who attended the launch were then dissidents Marta Kubišová, Dana Němcová and Kamila Bendová.
One of the organisers of the Women in Dissent project, Marcela Linková, said there was a perception that the women had supported male dissidents but in fact they had carried out the same activities as men.
The famous Czech singer Marta Kubišová is due to make her final public performance on Wednesday in her home town of České Budějovice, the last stop of her goodbye tour. The performance takes place on her 75th birthday, the end of a storied career in which Kubišová went from pop star to a symbol of resistance.
Marta Kubišová will appear on stage for the last time in her native
České Budějovice on Wednesday night. The singer is making her final
public performance on her 75th birthday. She bade farewell to audiences in
Prague on Friday.
A pop star in 1960s Czechoslovakia, Kubišová was banned by the Communists and became a symbol of resistance to the Soviet occupation. Her performance of her trademark song A Prayer for Marta to a packed Wenceslas Square during the 1989 Velvet Revolution reflected the enormous changes that were taking place at that time.
Singer Marta Kubišová will perform at Prague’s Lucerna on Friday, one
of the stops on her Goodbye tour. The singer who was persecuted by the
communist authorities and banned from singing and became a symbol of the
Velvet Revolution with her song Prayer for Marta, is performing live for
the last time in the series of concerts.
Her last stop in České Budějovice on November 1, will coincide with the singer’s 75 birthday.
Singer Marta Kubišová is opening the Czech part of her Goodbye tour with
a concert in Brno on Sunday. The singer who was persecuted by the communist
authorities and banned from singing became a symbol of the Velvet
Revolution with her song Prayer for Martha.
Her Goodbye tour started in Košice Slovakia on September 26 and will next take the singer to Sedlčany, Chomutov, Hořovice, Varnsdorf and Prague. Her last stop in České Budějovice on November 1, will coincide with the singer’s 75 birthday.
Marta Kubišová is most famous for the heartrending Modlitba pro Martu (A Prayer for Marta), which became a symbol of opposition to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia that began in 1968. But there is far more to her oeuvre. Prior to being banned for two decades, Kubišová – one of country’s top pop stars – recorded a great deal of music that reflected the spirit of the age, featuring groovy organ, fuzz guitar, cool brass, even sitar, all topped off with her belting soul voice.