Why Jana Kirschner is Great for Slovak Music

It’s OK. I’m not obsessed. I did make some comments about Jana Kirschner being Slovakia’s Kate Bush which are, admittedly, a little previous. But what is undeniable is that the lady is a cornerstone of Slovak music and, especially with her most recent work, is flying the flag for what is being achieved amongst contemporary musicians in the country.

I saw her performing the other night as part of the “10 years in the EU” concert and realised that she has actually been making music almost twenty years. In this sense she really is the voice of post-Communist Slovakia – and it’s an incredible voice at that. And she’s kept that all-important connection with Slovakia by singing in Slovak – and tapping into several Slovakian music traditions, namely the country’s incredible folk music. I personally love the change in her music since she’s been living in the UK and working with music producer Eddie Stevens.

The entrancing dancey folk of a song like Sama, from her 2013 album Moruša: Biela is a great contrast with some of her earlier, and perhaps more pop ballad, work. She’s a former Miss Slovakia winner too: not bad for a country replete with absolutely gorgeous women 🙂

The clip above is from Krajina Rovina (Flat Country) (2010) with some beautiful shots of the Slovak countryside. Enjoy!

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