Tuning into a Czech music station these days, it's hard not to notice that the music that ruled the airwaves before 1989 is enjoying something of a revival. The sounds of the 1970s and 80s definitely seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. We went to a "socialist pop" concert in Prague recently to see if we could find any reasons behind this trend.
While today's Czech newspapers lead with a wide variety of stories, almost all the front pages feature photographs of the British pop singer Robbie Williams, who played in Prague on Tuesday night. Tickets for the long sold-out concert were being sold for ten or more times their face value, such was the demand to see the singer, reports PRAVO.
The Beatles have been hugely popular in this country since the 1960s, even though in those days their records were not so easy to find. To honour the group, the Czech Beatles fanclub on Friday unveiled an unusual tribute - four oak trees bearing their names in the beautiful Pruhonice park near Prague. The chairman of the Beatles fanclub, Jiri Svatek, visited Radio Prague on Thursday; before he told us about the new tribute, Mr Svatek explained why the Fab Four were so popular in 60s Czechoslovakia.
I'm joined today by Katerina Winterova (27), who is an actress at the National Theatre in Prague. She also sings with the critically acclaimed band Ecstasy of St Theresa, and last year was named female singer of the year at the Czech music industry's Andel awards. Katerina, could I first ask if you remember the first time you ever performed on a stage?
The world of Czech music resounded with a sad note on Monday. That's when it lost a legend as YoYo Band singer and pianist Vladimir Tesarik died at the age of 55 in a Prague hospital. He had suffered head injuries from a recent cycling accident in the capital city. Along with his band he brought reggae music into the limelight in former Czechoslovakia and went on to receive great acclaim in the Czech Republic.
Many of you are probably familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual contest in which European countries compete for the best pop song. It has been taking place since 1956, and hundreds of millions of people all around the world now tune into it each year. But those hundreds of millions do not include the Czechs.
On Thursday, the country's pop, rock, dance, folk and jazz musicians flocked to Prague's T-Mobile Arena for the Andel or Angel Awards 2002. Hosted by entertainers Eva Holubova, Milan Steindler and Petr Ctvrtnicek, it was an evening full of fun, music, but also surprises as unlike the recipients of the Cesky Slavik awards - another Czech equivalent to the Grammies - the winners of the Angel 2002 were breaths of fresh air to the Czech music scene.