The massive Colours of Ostrava Festival books major (and less major) acts from the world over. This year, there was a special opening night dedicated solely to currents in Czech music. Bands of every stripe were selected, from Free Improv, to Folk, to Things Uncategorizable, but all Czech. Eleven bands performed in two different rooms, in buildings located just across from each other accessible through a courtyard. One named “Cooltour” was a listening room, while The Beat ruled in the Marley Room.

Beata Bocek, who appeared int he CoolTour room, is a singer-songwriter from the Czech Polish border, and I was struck by the simple beauty of her voice. Admittedly there is a kind of folk “bel canto” in this part of the world, which you will hear in other singers as well. And she is a good songwriter.

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This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

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