Gipsy.cz competing for Czech Republic
Czech Television has decided to let the group Gipsy.cz to represent Czech Republic at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest.
As it has been done the past two years, this time the chosen artist Gipsy.cz will perform two songs offered by the broadcaster.
The winning song will be chosen via SMS voting from 1st to 14th of March and demonstrated in a TV-show on the 21st of March.
The band is known for its rap music in Romani language, is very popular in Czech Republic and has been gaining popularity throughout Europe. The leader of the band Radosla „Gipsy“ Banga, was born in Prague where he lived as a street kid from the age of 13, when he got in touch with hip-hop and rap. After working with local bands like Syndrom Snopp he developed his style of Romano hip-hop, combining Roma rhythms and language with the 200bpm music played by Balkan brass bands. In partnership with top Czech gypsy "primas" (violin maestro) Vojta Lavicka and two young brothers Petr Surmaj (gt, accordion) & Jan Surmaj (double bass, up-right bass) he made a breakthrough as Gipsy.cz.
Gipsy has colaborated and performed with various well-known artists. He has played as a guest with the Boban Markovic Orkestar, shared the stage with GZA, played the main Czech festivals, the Karne¬val der Kulturen in Berlin and several concerts in Berlin's Kaffee Burger. In addition, he is a regular guest on Radio Multikulti/Funkhaus Europa. Mondomix magazine referred to him as a new talent about to be discovered for the wider public.
In 2006 Gipsy was nominated by academy of Popular Music at the Angel Awards 2005 (the Czech version of The Grammy Awards) for the Best Album in Hip-Hop & R´n´B category.
In the following year the band Gipsy.cz recieved two nominations: for the Best Album in the World Music category and as a Best New Artist. He got the latter one.
Czech Republic did not qualify for the Final of last year's Eurovision Song Contest with their Have Some Fun by Tereza Kerndlová.