Lake Malawi (band)
Lake Malawi is a Czech indie pop band from Třinec formed in 2013. The band consists of lead vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist Albert Černý, bassist and keyboardist Jeroným Šubrt, and drummer Antonín Hrabal. The band was formed by Černý following the breakup of his former band Charlie Straight. Their debut extended play We Are Making Love Again was released in 2015, followed by their debut studio album Surrounded by Light in 2017. They represented the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song, "Friend of a Friend", and came 11th out of a total of 41 with 157 points.
|Origin||Třinec, Czech Republic|
|Past members||Antonín Hrabal|
Lake Malawi was founded by lead vocalist and frontman Albert Černý following the breakup of his former band Charlie Straight in September 2013. Lake Malawi, the band's name, is inspired by the song "Calgary" by Bon Iver, from their 2011 self-titled album. They later released their debut single "Always June" in 2014, performing it live during an interview with BBC London. In 2014, Lake Malawi performed at major Czech music festivals Colours of Ostrava and Rock for People, and The Great Escape Festival in the United Kingdom. They later released their debut extended play We Are Making Love Again in 2015. They opened for several notable acts performing in Prague, including The Kooks, Mika, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. In 2016, drummer and former Charlie Straight member Pavel Palát left the band; he was replaced by Antonín Hrabal.
In 2017, they self-released their debut studio album Surrounded by Light. The album also produced two singles, the title track "Surrounded by Light" and the song "Paris" both charting on the Rádio – Top 100 in the Czech Republic. Lead guitarist Patrick Karpentski left the band in late-2017. In 2019, it was announced that they were taking part in the Czech national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Friend of a Friend". The song later won the national selection, and represented the Czech Republic in the contest. After performing sixth in the first Semi-Final, Lake Malawi qualified for the Eurovision 2019 Final, where they finished in 11th place with 157 points.
- Albert Černý (2013–present) – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Jeroným Šubrt (2013–present) – bass, keyboards
- Pavel Palát (2013–16) – drums
- Patrick Karpentski (2013–17) – guitar
- Antonín Hrabal (2016–2021) – drums
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Surrounded by Light||
|We Are Making Love Again||
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Album or EP|
|"Always June"||2014||34||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Chinese Trees"||25||—||—||—||We Are Making Love Again|
|"We Are Making Love Again"||2016||43||—||—||—|
|"Prague (In the City)"||2017||—||—||—||—||Surrounded by Light|
|"Surrounded by Light"||64||—||—||—|
|"Not My Street"||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Bottom of the Jungle"||—||—||—||—||Surrounded by Light|
|"Friend of a Friend"||2019||—||92||86||65||Non-album singles|
|"Stuck In the 80's"||85||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- "Zpěvák Albert Černý ze skupiny Lake Malawi: Chtěl bych od fanoušků druhou šanci" (in Czech). Novinky. 24 January 2014.
- "Lake Malawi už koncertují, Charlie Straight jsou minulostí" (in Czech). ČT. 28 February 2014.
- Zwart, Josianne (7 January 2019). "Czech Republic presents 8 hopefuls and songs for Eurovision 2019". EBU.
- "Lake Malawi v "Young Blood" nabízejí životní vlakový příběh" (in Czech). musicserver.cz. 20 October 2015.
- "Lake Malawi si pražský křest "Surrounded By Light" mohou přidat do zlatého fondu svých koncertů" (in Czech). musicserver.cz. 7 December 2017.
- Pešta, Filip (5 December 2017). "RECENZE: Lake Malawi debutují na světové úrovni" (in Czech). iReport.
- Vedral, Honza (12 December 2017). "Silný český debut. Skupina Lake Malawi zpěváka Alberta Černého natočila jedno z nejlepších alb roku" (in Czech). Hospodářské noviny.
- "CZ - RADIO - TOP 100 LAKE MALAWI" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
- "O Eurovizi se utká osm interpretů včetně Lake Malawi či Jakuba Ondry". iDNES.cz (in Czech). 7 January 2019.
- Granger, Anthony (6 January 2019). "Czech Republic: Eurovision Song CZ 2019 Participants Revealed?". Eurovoix.
- Granger, Anthony (7 January 2019). "Czech Republic: Eurovision Song CZ 2019 Entries Released". Eurovoix.
- "CZ - ALBUMS - TOP 100 LAKE MALAWI" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- "Surrounded by Light by Lake Malawi". Apple Music.
- "We Are Making Love Again - EP by Lake Malawi". Apple Music.
- "CZ - SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 LAKE MALAWI" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
- "Discography Lake Malawi". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
- "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
|Awards and achievements|
with "Lie to Me"
| Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest