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Czech music?

Ahoj! I have been studying Czech intensely these last weeks, since I am going to live in Prague next week. I have many resources to study outside Duolingo, but there is one thing that I think I should know more about, and this is, of course, music.
The Czech bands I like a lot are kabát and especially Traband, I love them! Can you recommend me some bands similar to this style? I also like the song 'Každý ráno' by Chinasky, but I think it's a bit pop-ish for me.

Thank you very much in advance!

P.S. If you know about a language exchange (Czech-English / Czech-Spanish) they do in Prague, please let me know too, and I will be very happy :)

June 3, 2018



A good list. But mainly for those who know Czech well enough to understand the lyrics.


I agree, but I think it is a bit better to translate and learn these lyrics than...

Hoří les a hoří rodnej dům, hoří velkostatek sousedům, to je smůla, drahá podívej, hasiči to stejně přejedou, oni si moc dobře nevedou, schovej sirky ať je neviděj.



OMG, it really exists!


That's Kabát, the group the original commentator likes (!). And the reason I am NOT recommending Czech rock of this kind :D


@Soolrak - I can't reply to your reply, the discussion thread seems to have a limit of replies to replies, so here... :)

I get it. I like rock, I listen to British and American rock (mostly psychedelic rock, pop-rock, art rock and some other genres) regularly. It's just that most of our Czech groups are, to put it mildly, not so good :)


Sorry! I just know the music, not the lyrics :(


I am also a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned Marta Kubišová:
She was one of the most popular singers in the 60s before she was banned.


I love Czech and Slovakian rap, plus it's fun now I can pick out some of the words! I like Ektor, Ego, DJ Wich, etc.


You should give a listen to Calin, an upcoming artist from Brno. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m1rFRbEKQI


My favorite Czech song- Discopříběh by Michal David :) https://youtu.be/_oh1xY72LFI


OMG :-) They played it in communistic era, when I was a child ...


Limonádový Joe _ while not a band, the theme song is memorable !


E!E _ NVU _ HNF _ SPS _ Znouzectnost‎ for České punk! Not exactly Kabát, but great for pogo!


Karel Kryl is already mentioned here, so I will second that. And give a plug for a nearly forgotten oddball gem of a little song from forever ago:

Jana Kratochvílová--V stínu kapradiny


Allow me to add some all-time evergreens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgt7AxlC988 Václav Neckář - Stín katedrál AND Zuzana Norisová - Pátá, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t6yPgSKeU4


I can't believe nobody has mentioned Karel Gott or Lucie Bílá yet. They are both incredibly talented, though in very different styles. The regularly win the Český slavík award for best male singer and best female singer (like... every year https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesk%C3%BD_slav%C3%ADk)

You can find music from them on most streaming services, plus youtube.


Mikolas Josef is really good, but i think all his music is in english. Be he himself is czech, sooo i guess it counts as czech music


one of the best artists from Brno is the beautiful Iva Bittova .. (?contemporary/avant garde gypsy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0jmmWRv35w (this is an old album .. there is much more on youtube) she also sings czech lullabies / Moravian folk poetry.... good for learning the language. And her sister Ida kelarova sings traditional czech gypsy and jazz Raduza... is also easy to translate... a contemporary singer who explores her Slavic roots.. Also seriously you must listen to ... a legendary band from czech history: The Plastic People of the Universe!! e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L2G47w4EQM plus Cechomor are still around and are good live In Prague you will be introduced to the local music... have fun! I so miss it there. its amazing what you can find on youtube....


Chinaski is my favorite Czech band! My friend and I are going to try to see them in concert sometime after I move there in 2019! She did tell me about some band/artist called Krystof. not really my thing but still not bad music.


Ahoj - Divokej Bill spise starší songy


My main motivation for learning Czech is probably trying to understand lyrics. My taste in music is diverse, but I'm mostly into music from the 60s up until the 90s, so discovering Czech music from that period is kind of a gold mine for me. So far I've discovered three singers whose songs I really love: Hana Zagorová, Petra Janů and, from quite recently, Helena Vondráčková.

From what I've managed to learn about them, they're one of the most famous female singers in Czech music (Correct me if I'm wrong about that, but I was kind of surprised not seeing them mentioned here).

So here's a list of the songs I love the most by each one of them:

  • Hana Zagorová: "Melodram" (the video in YouTube has the second half of the song cut, so you can listen to the full version on Spotify), "Maluj zase obrázky", "Setkání" (a duet with the Italian singer Drupi who sings a few lines in Italian), "Oheň v duši mé", "Oceán", "Kapky", and others as well. From what I've discovered so far of Hana's music [around 20-25 songs in total], there aren't any bad songs, but these are the ones I love the most. Most of her lyrics seem quite poetic to me, which makes translating them sometimes difficult, especially when you're not that advanced in Czech (but neither I am), so that's how I make progress outside of Duolingo.

  • Petra Janů: "Jedeme dál" (now here's a rock and roll banger I really, really love), "Moje malá premiéra" (a cover of the Italian classic "Maledetta primavera" by Loretta Goggi, whom I love as well, because my most favourite music is Italian and I'm really happy to know that Italian music has some traces in Czech music as well), "Už nejsem volná" (another cover, this time of Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love").

  • Helena Vondráčková: So far I've discovered only these two songs: "Sblížení" and "A ty se ptáš, co já" (cover of ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All").

Well, this turned out to be a bit long, but I hope I've opened new doors for people interested in Czech music.


Traband is great, esp. their song "Sáro". You can try these bands: Jelen, Poletíme?, Zrní ...


I listened to a Spotify 100Czech list recently...all of a sudden I was back in the early '90s with Bara Basikova https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6xfqrXt00I ..even bought her album then and also one of Iva Bittova if I remember correctly. At the moment I cannot get this Plusy a minusy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yi9KbEVOqI out of my head. Still a lot to explore.

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