She’s only a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend to Lake Malawi, but the judges of the Czech Republic’s national selection were definitely closer as the popular indie-pop band won Eurovision Song CZ with “Friend of a Friend,” and the video for their Eurovision 2019 entry has just been released.
You can watch the video below:
Laka Malawi, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Albert Černý, bassist and keyboardist Jeroným Šubrt, and drummer Antonín Hrabal, were formed in 2013 in Třinec, Czech Republic. They released several singles, and their debut album, “Surrounded by Light,” was released in 2017. The band’s name is a reference to their indie-pop inspiration Bon Iver, as the African lake was referenced on that band’s 2011 song “Calgary.”
The Czech Republic has had a patchy time at Eurovision since its debut in 2007, having only qualified for the final on three occasions out of seven attempts (they also took some years off due to “public disinterest”). Lake Malawi will have a tall order to top the Czech Republic’s entrant from last year, Mikoláš Josef, whose “Lie to Me” landed in 6th and is currently the Czech Republic’s best performing act ever at Eurovision.
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