Lake Malawi for Czechia 2019

Lake Malawi for Czechia 2019

🇨🇿 Czechia 2019 / “Friend of a Friend”

Photograph by Tomas Gal

Grand Final | 11th Place | 157 points

Semi Final 1 | 2nd Place | 242 points | Qualified

Lake Malawi, a Czech indie pop band consisting of Albert Černý, Jeroným Šubrt, and Antonín Hrabal, won the inaugural Eurovision Song CZ national final to represent Czechia at Tel Aviv 2019 with the song “Friend of a Friend”. Formed by lead singer Černý in 2013, the band takes its namesake from a Bon Iver song. Černý’s musical aspirations found their origins in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 and has since led to a debut EP and an album.

“Friend of a Friend” is directly about the yearning of a relationship with someone who only barely know through your social circles and is indirect about the myriad of degrees of separation we are all from each other. The song tied with the runner-up at Czech Song, but had received more higher sets of points and thus was declared the winner.

The band has supported artists like Thirty Seconds to Mars and Mika during their concerts in Prague. Their debut EP, We Are Making Love Again, was released in 2015 and led to their 2017 debut album, Surrounded by Light.

Watch “Friend of a Friend” below, and follow Lake Malawi on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to their extended discography on Spotify.

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