CZECH REPUBLIC – 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.
Lake Malawi was founded by lead vocalist and frontman Albert Černý following the breakup of his former band Charlie Straight in September 2013. 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 the singles “Surrounded by Light” and “Paris”, which charted 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 are taking part in the Czech national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Friend of a Friend”.
INTERNATIONAL JURY VOTES
Austria 🇦🇹 (Cesár Sampson) –12 pts to Barbora Mochowa
France 🇫🇷 (Alma) –12 pts to Barbora Mochowa
Denmark 🇩🇰(Rasmussen) –12 pts to Barbora Mochowa
Switzerland 🇨🇭 (ZiBBZ) –12 pts to Barbora Mochowa
Estonia 🇪🇪 (Elina Nechayeva) – 12 pts to Lake Malawi
Iceland 🇮🇸 (Ari Ólafsson) – 12 pts to Lake Malawi
Ireland 🇮🇪 (Ryan O’Shaughnessy) – 12 pts to Lake Malawi
Malta. 🇲🇹 (Ira Losco) – 12 pts to pts to Lake Malawi
Norway 🇳🇴 (JOWST) – 12 pts to Lake Malawi
Hungary 🇭🇺 (AWS) – 12 pts to Andrea Holá
CZECH REPUBLIC 2019 🇨🇿 NATIONAL FINAL
|PARTICIPANT(S0||SONG TITLE||JURY||PUBLIC||TOTAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Lake Malawi||"Friend of a Friend"||12||10||22|
|Barbora Mochowa||"True Colors"||12||6||18||Predicted to win|
|Jakub Ondra||"Space Sushi"||6||12||18|
|Pamela Rabbit||"Easy to Believe"||10||8||18|
|Andrea Holá||"Give Me a Hint"||8||4||12|
|Tomáš Boček||"Don’t Know Why"||6||3||9|
|Hana Barbara||"Poslední slova tobě" ( The last words to you )||4||3||7|
|Jara Vymer||"On My Knees"||3||4||7|