In today’s edition of our Sunday Music Show, we listen to music by the legendary Czechoslovak folk singer Karel Kryl. He became one of the country’s most important protest singers with his famous 1968 song “Bratříčku zavírej vrátka,” and his tunes continue to be played in the Czech Republic to this day.
Roger Waters – the legendary former frontman and co-founder of rock band Pink Floyd – performed the first of two concerts of The Wall Live at a Prague stadium on Friday evening. Both concerts were sold out. The Wall is a classic double-album dating back to 1979 that was later also made into a cult film by Alan Parker. On Friday Mr Waters and fellow musicians performed more than twenty tracks from the original record, including Hey You and Comfortably Numb. A large inflatable pig – a classic Pink Floyd “trademark” – hovered above the crowd during the concert’s second half.
Some of the best Czech films of the 1960s and 70s, such as Markéta Lazarová, Shop on Main Street, and The Cremator, have one thing in common, besides the country of origin: the author of the score, Zdeněk Liška. Only a few recordings of his music came out independently; most recently, the British label Finders Keepers published his soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. In this edition of Panorama, we look the life and work of this prolific composer, and one of the most versatile artists in the field.
Trash metal legends Slayer and Megadeth are to perform in Prague’s O2 arena on April 10th within their European Carnage Tour 2011. The bands first performed live in the Czech Republic last year at the Sonisphere festival in Milovice, together with Anthrax and Metallica. Tickets are from 700 to 1300 crowns.
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.
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