The legendary Czech rock band Olympic is set to mark 55 years of its existence with a special concert at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday. The group will be joined by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic – whose first LP Želva came out in 1968 –had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
Václav Havel has been the subject of many books and quite a few have been devoted to the so-called Czechoslovak underground, the cultural movement which above all in music but also through literature and art ignored the desires and instructions of the ruling communist party. But while the link between the two has often been made, a new book bluntly argues that without the support of the underground, dissident leader Havel would have been nowhere in creating a coherent opposition.
A record number of visitors attended a concert by Czech rock band Kabát in
Prague’s O2 Arena on Tuesday evening.
The show was attended by 20,083 people, which is the highest figure in the
Until now, the visitor record was held by Madonna whose concert in 2006 attracted 18,628 visitors.
The Czech music awards ceremony Český slavík - or the Czech Nightingale
- held in Prague on Saturday saw Lucie Bílá clinch the title of best
female singer for the twentieth time ,while pop idol Karel Gott won for the
42nd time. The best musical group award went to Czech heavy metal band
Kabat for whom it is the twelfth trophy.
A special award went to 1960s singer Marta Kubisova who recently announced the end of her career at 70. Kubišová who was banned from singing by the Communist authorities for 20 years, got a standing ovation. Český slavík winners are chosen through a public poll.
The legendary Czech folk singer Wabi Daněk died last week at the age of 70. In the course of a career spanning close to half a century he composed over 100 songs, recorded over a dozen CDs and performed at thousands of concerts and festivals. His biggest hit Rosa na kolejích (Dew on the Tracks) recorded in 1970 became a staple around Czech campfires and a radio evergreen.
The prestigious British magazine Songlines, which is distributed in 65 countries, has issued a free CD bonus, featuring Czech world music. The 16-track album, titled At the Heart of the Bonfire was released in the October edition of Songlines and features many of the country’s top artists including Iva Bittová & Čikori, Jiří Pavlica & Hradišťan and Clarinet Factory.
The renowned British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is set to make her debut with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday. The graduate of the Royal College of Art and this year’s recipient of the ECHO Rising Star Awards will be performing a world premiere of a piece by the award-winning British composer Richard Blackford.
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