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EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Lake Malawi

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Czech Republic: Lake Malawi

by Christopher Smith

The Czech Republic has only qualified to the grand final of Eurovision on three occasions so far. First in 2016 when it came 25th, next in 2018 when it finished sixth and this year with the band Lake Malawi, who ended up eleventh with 157 points overall, 150 of those coming from the jury vote! Lake Malawi formed in 2013 and have already released a number of singles and albums prior to entering Eurovision.

Albert Černý, Jeroným Šubrt, Pavel Palát and Patrick Karpentski formed the group in September 2013 taking their name from the song “Calgary” by US indie-folk band Bon Iver. Their debut single “Always June” was released the following year reaching No.34 on the singles chart. Later that year their follow up “Chinese Trees” did a little better and made No.25. The song was the lead track from their debut EP “We Are Making Love Again” released in May 2015, from which three other singles were released during 2015/16.

In early 2016, Palát left the group and was replaced by Antonín Hrabal and prior to the release of their debut album “Surrounded by Light” in 2017, Patrick Karpentski left the group, although he was not replaced and the band continued as a trio. “Surrounded by Light” featured the singles “Paris” and the title track which made the Czech singles chart, together with three other tracks released that did not.

In January 2019 it was announced that the band had been chosen to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, submitting their own composition “Friend Is A Friend”. The song same sixth in the first semi final thus qualifying the band to go through to the grand final and on to their eventual eleventh placing. Lake Malawi are playing a number of live dates across the Czech Republic throughout the Summer and have begun work on a new studio album slated for release sometime in 2020!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!