The roots of Czechoslovak punk stretch 40 years back, to a concert of an alternative band called Extempore. The gig took place on February 23, 1979 in a Prague pub U Zábranských, and featured several cover versions of well-known punk hits. How has the Czech punk scene developed since then? And does punk music still resonate with today’s audiences? Find out more in this edition of Sunday Music Show.
Czech folk-rock band Divokej Bill recently celebrated 20 years of existence with 18,000 fans cheering in a sold-out O2 arena. The band, which hails from the town of Úvaly near Prague, was founded by singer and guitarist Václav Bláha. Since 1998 it has released 13 studio records as well as a number of singles and music videos.
After nearly ten years of bringing the best of Czech live performance to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the Czech Centre in London worked to create a wider program bringing a whole season of exhibitions and live art to two cities in Scotland. I spoke to the director of the Czech Centre in London Tereza Porybná about the events being staged within the Czech Season in Scotland.
Yvonne Přenosilová is a singer and radio personality whose successful music career was cut off by the 1968 Russian-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, but who remains a well-known name on the Czech music scene to this day. Whenever she appears on stage the public demands its favourite hits – Ron slzy – Shed tears and Boty proti lásce – Shoes against love. Přenosilová herself says her own favourite is Noční modlitba – Night Prayer.
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.