Compact archive August 1, 2008

The Skatalites at O2 Sazava Fest

Another group making their appearance on Sazava Fest is The Skatalites. The music group from Jamaica, that defined the original sound of ska and accompanied all the important Jamaican artists including Bob Marley, returns to the Czech Republic gain. Even when there are in the present formation only two original members present, they can still create unique atmosphere.

Consisting of some of the best musicians in Jamaica, they played together initially between 1963 and 1965 but recorded many of their best known songs in the period including “Guns of Navarone” as well as playing on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists who recorded during the period. They reformed in 1986 and have played together ever since.

Place: Sazava Fest
When: Saturady 2nd August 2008
Festival Tickets: 550.- czk for one day


Gas Lamps to return to Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is now undergoing a long-term reconstruction, which helps it from the damage that was made by the communist reconstruction. Such an important bridge must have everything special, the sand-stone bricks are being delivered from a special quarry opened only because of Charles Bridge needs.

The same way as the Royal Route is being partially illuminated by gas lamps, the Charles Bridge will get his original historic lights again, after more than 100 years. The first phase of reconstruction is supposed to end in 2010, right now, the light is electric at the time the bridge should be illuminated by the white gas light, making it more romantic, historic, and enjoyable.

Use of gas lamps is logical, as the Royal Route goes from the Old Town Square to the Prague Castle, of course passing of Charles Bridge is a part of it.


Roni Size & Mc Dynamite at Sazava Fest on Saturday

Roni Size This famous DJ with his Mc, with whom they are undoubtedly going to perform the smashing hit Brown Paper Bag arrives to the Czech Republic again.

Roni Size is a British music producer and DJ who came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of Reprazent, a drum and bass collective. That year they won the Mercury Prize for their album New Forms.

Dynamite MC is an MC from Gloucester, England. He originally gained prominence in jungle/drum and bass, working with Roni Size and Reprazent, but has also released hip hop material.

Much of the acclaim centred around Size’s melding of the new with the old – the propulsive jungle beats accompanied by live drums and double bass. The band – Williams (compositions/programming), DJ Krust, Onallee (vocals), Dynamite MC and rapper Bahamadia (a former protégé of Gang Starr) – came together on Bristol’s highly fertile and disparate club scene. As a result, Reprazent drum ‘n’ bass is equally informed by hip-hop, funk, soul and house.

Sazava fest, this weekend in Kacov, their concert takes place on Saturday evening. For Information about Sazava Fest continue here


Prague Famous Nudist Beaches

There are thousands of Prague citizens, who prefer nature style of tanning. During such a nice weather season, you can find about four hundreds of them at Hostivar, another five or six hundred are in Lhota u Stare Boleslavi and also at the Koupaliste Dzban there is about two hundred.

The nudist centre, connected to Naturism motion in the Czech Republic, is at Hostivar. There, the visitors have two kiosks with refreshments, a boat house, bowl, bathroom and showers. Sometimes, they organize nudist parties.

Also, if you just want to sunbathe without the upper part of your bikini, you can still go there, they tolerate if you want to leave something on you. Naturists are people regardful of the nature, so the beaches are always cleaner than those where people bathe in swimsuits.

Summer celebration of old music - Alla Polacca

At the beginning of August the Summer Refectory of the Strahov Monastery, including ceiling frescoes where all the nations roister at a heavenly feast, begin to dance alla Polacca. The Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa with conductor Jarosław Thiel will arrive there to perform baroque compositions, in which the Polish soul slumbers: Telemann’s Concertos, arias from Hasse’s opera Zenobia and Vivaldi’s Concert for a Prince of Poland.

Letni slavnosti stare hudby – Alla Polacca
Polish folklore in the instrumental works of G. Ph. Telemann
Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa (Poland)
Jarosław Thiel – artistic director
Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8.00 p.m.
Summer Refectory of the Strahov Monastery, Strahovské nádvori 1, Prague 1