In today’s edition of our Sunday Music Show we listen to more than 20 years of “avant-punk” band Už Jsme Doma. Though the band has gone through countless transformations in that time, it still remains one of the most innovative sounds on the Czech music scene and a heavy influence for new generations of Czech artists.
Prague’s main Easter market opened on Saturday on Old Town Square with over 90 stalls selling traditional Easter decorations, local specialties and souvenirs. Over the next fortnight locals and tourists will be able to enjoy outdoor theatre performances, live music and workshops at which people can try their hand at various arts and crafts.
The Brno-based duo Čokovoko is one of the most unusual occurrences on the Czech music scene. The combination of amusing lyrics, unexpected sampling as well as rather crude singing earned them a following in clubs around the country. Čokovoko brings a new voice to Czech pop; a female one for once, and one that ridicules the usual pop – and hip hop – clichés. Čokovoko has now put out a new album of what they call spoken word, entitled Hudba, or Music.
British celebrity Susan Boyle whose debut album I dreamed a dream topped the charts in Britain and America has barely caused a stir in the Czech Republic. Her album sold less than ten thousand copies and her autobiography evoked even less interest. Of the 2,500 copies published in Czech less than 400 have sold to date. Lucie Forstova of IFP publishing says she is extremely disappointed with the poor showing, having selected the book as a certain hit.
In this week’s Sunday Music Show we introduce the avant-garde violinist, singer and composer Iva Bittová. Her style is not easily defined but perhaps one of the most accurate comments made about her is that she brings the human voice back to the natural world in a way that transcends barriers and touches audiences the world over.
Beatles legend Ringo Star is to make his first appearance in the Czech Republic as part of his European summer tour. The musician and his All-Starr Band are due to perform at Prague’s Congress Centre on June 29th. Ticket sales start on March 21st. The only Beatles legend to perform live in the Czech Republic was Paul McCartney who gave an open air concert in Prague in 2004.
News website idnes has reported that the seminal 1980s and ‘90s pop band Depeche Mode have commissioned a new video which is being shot at locations around the Czech Republic to be set to one of their most famous singles Personal Jesus. Idnes wrote on Thursday that key locations were areas in the Plzeň region, including Rabštejn nad Střelou but stressed that the band – which includes lead singer David Gahan – was not taking part in the filming. Depeche Mode have a strong fan base in the Czech Republic dating back to the 1980s; they performed two concerts in Prague within several months of each other in 2009/2010 – one being an outdoor performance at Prague’s Slavia football stadium.
In our Sunday Music Show this week, you’ll have a chance to sample some of the hits from the communist era. In those times, popular music was under a tight control of the authorities who made sure nothing ideologically subversive reached the audiences. At the same time, the cultural supervisors pushed authors to produce songs that would match the propagandistic needs of the regime, and the songs we’ll hear today are fine examples of just that.
Don’t miss this week’s edition of the Sunday Music Show with our guest Jan Žampa, the frontman for the talented and popular alternative pop band Eddie Stoilow. He joins us for the full 30 minutes to talk about everything from his career to life in Malta, kickboxing, and a unique upcoming event with none other than former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
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Hitler no ‘gentleman’, but court rules Czech state need not apologize for president’s claim Ferdinand Peroutka said so
Bertha von Suttner – Prague-born peace campaigner whose ideas on cooperation and disarmament continue to have lasting effect
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average
Rare Terezín concentration camp artefacts found in attic of private home
Czechs observe day of mourning for pop idol Karel Gott
Thousands pay tribute to deceased national pop icon Karel Gott