In this edition of Music Express we meet a veteran of the Czech pop and country scenes, Pavel Bobek. He was a member of the renowned Semafor theatre group for two and a half decades, had numerous hits with Czech versions of US country hits, and even got to perform with his life-long idol Johnny Cash.
A previously unknown recording of the Czech jazz singer Vlasta Průchová, accompanied by renowned accordionist Bora Kříž, has been uncovered. The album Bora Kříž & Vlasta Průchová Malostranská beseda 1982 has been released on the Radioservis label. It was recorded at the Prague venue when the late “first lady of Czech jazz” was 56. Průchová was the mother of jazz fusion musician Jan Hammer, who is perhaps best known for the theme music to Miami Vice.
The American rock band Guns N' Roses did not begin a show at Prague’s O2 Arena on Monday until almost midnight. Up to 1,000 fans had already left the venue before the group started a two-and-a-half-hour concert featuring hits such as Paradise City and a cover of Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, as well as songs from their most recent album Chinese Democracy.
The English musician Sting performed with an orchestra to an audience of around 10,000 at Prague’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night. The former leader of the Police performed hits such as Every Breath You Take and more recent songs accompanied by four rock musicians and the Royal Phiharmonic Concert Orchestra. Wednesday’s show was his sixth in the Czech Republic.
The CCTV Allstars have not been on the scene for too long, but we’re hearing about them more and more over the last year as they become a staple of the Czech music scene. They are based out of Prague and play a tireless schedule here month after month, so they’re certainly listed as a “Czech group”. But each member of the five-man ensemble is from a different country and they bring variety of musical backgrounds to a foreground of ska. Today we sat down with two of their number, their British frontman and guitarist Eddy Allen, and Swedish bassist
Michael Kocáb has been dismissed as government commissioner for human
rights. Mr Kocáb had already tendered his resignation, but said he
to stay on as human rights commissioner until a successor was installed.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas announced on Wednesday that the cabinet had
voted to remove him with immediate effect, saying a number of names were
contention for the post.
In the early 1990s Mr Kocáb, then best known as a rock musician, became an MP and oversaw the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia. In more recent times he served as minister for human rights in a caretaker Czech government.
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