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6 September 1946

Hana was born and raised in Ostrava. her father Jan Zagora was a civil engineer, her mother was a teacher Edeltruda. Hana's first husband was Zagorová dancer and ballet master Vlastimil Harapes. Her second husband is from 30th May 1992 Slovak the tenor Stefan Margita, For which Hana Zagorova even interrupted her career. In 1996 she returned to the path of singer in concert with the Prague Lucerna.

First drew attention to himself singing in 1963 in Ostrava Competition where she was accompanied by the orchestra of Gustav Brom. From 1964-1968 she graduated in acting at the Brno Performing Arts college. In completing his studies she released her first single. A year later she moved to Prague. From 1972 until 1974 she performed at the Semaphore Theatre in with cabaret group Kytice (Bouquet). Meanwhile she continously releases albums throughout the seventies filled with folk-influenced light pop. In 1980 she played a major role in the musical movie 'Trhák' by director Zdenka Podskalský). Her acting career never really took of.

From 1980 until 1986 she performed with dance and singing duo Peter Kotvald and Stanislav Hložka (S. Hložkem a little longer). Long (in years 1972-1989) Worked with Charles Vágner.

In June 1989 As one of the first "favored" cultural figures she signed a petition 'Několik vět' (A Few Words) in which movement Charter 77 demanded the release of political prisoners and freedom of speech. She was immediately stopped in her work and until the fall of the communist regime she could not appear publicly. As a deterrent in case it has appointed the General Secretary of the Central CP Milos Jakes in a famous speech at Cerveny Hradek. She again sang in public in November 1989 together with Jaroslav Hutka.

After 1989 she somewhat receded into the background. Also under the influence of her second husband who did not want her to perform. She wrote scenario's for some television programs, published a compilation of their older songs. She began touring again in 1996. In 1998 he released a new album 'Já?' and then the album 'Hanka' (2001), for which she won Gold Disc. In 2009 she released a new album 'Černý páv' (Black Peacock) in which she interprets her old songs and adds two new songs Z nebe pláče déšť and Bodegita.

On the web:

- Hana's website: http://www.hanazagorova.cz
- More information on Hana: http://www.hanazagorova.wz.cz
- More information on Hana: http://hany-zagorova.webz.cz

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What do we think:

DB: Another czech singer we dug up on our first holiday in Eastern Europe. On the covers of her albums she comes across as a flowerchild but i suspect there is more to Hana then meets the eye. If only i could understand what she was on about. General impression, she sounds like Melanie on a jazzy day.

PR: Zagorová is a very famous singer in the Czech Republic for many years. She has a very specific childlike voice, that some might find irritating, but if you take the effort, you will become to like it after a while. Her songs are light and colourful and to me she really resembles the Czech country. Listening to Hana I always go back to that holiday in the Czech Republic, driving through the beautiful green fields..

Recommendations:

♪♪ - Cesta ke štěstí - 1976

♪♪ - …Tobě, Tebe, Ti - 1979

♪♪♪ - Střípky - 1981

♪♪♪♪ - Já? - 1998

♪♪ - Modrá čajovna (compilation) - 2000

Further listening:

Klub dokonalé zdravovědy Jana Boublíka ze Žlutic - 1970 ; Bludička - 1970 ; Kytice - 1971 ; Oheň v duši mé - 1980 ; Střípky - 1981 ; Světlo a stín - 1982 ; Mimořádná linka - 1983 ; Co se stalo, se stalo - 1984 ; The Cinema of Stars - 1985 ; Lávky - 1985 ; Pro dva tři úsměvy (s Petrem Kotvaldem a Stanislavem Hložkem) - 1985 ; Sítě kroků Tvých - 1985 ; Jinak to nejde (s Petrem Kotvaldem a Stanislavem Hložkem) - 1985 ; Náhlá loučení - 1986 ; Naše láska ztrácí I. (s Petrem Kotvaldem a Stanislavem Hložkem) - 1986 ; Dluhy Hany Zagortové - 1987 ; Živá voda - 1988 ; Dnes nejsem doma - 1990 ; Rozhovor v tichu - 1991 ; Když nemůžu spát - 1994 ; Gvendolína - 1995 ; Ave - Multisonic - 1999 ; Hanka - Multisonic - 2001 ; Zloděj duší - Multisonic - 2007; Černý páv - 2009

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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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