30 June at 8 p.m.
'Respect, the oldest Czech world music festival, served during its 11 year history as a valuable inspiration for related events, and maintains it's strong and pioneering position. The 2008 edition combines established performers with latest trends. The Malian diva Oumou Sangare, a mainstay of West African music for two decades, gives her first Prague concert. Lo Cor de la Plana, an acapella male band from Marseilles, combines ancient songs from Provence with polyphony singing and Berber rhythms. Kasai All Stars revive tribal rituals from the remote regions of Congo, yet unseen in Europe. Tanya Tagaq, known for her work with Kronos Quartet and Björk. transforms the art if Inuit throat singing into adventurous stage form. The LA band Dengue Fever, fronted by the Cambodian female pop star Chhom Nimol, delivers steaming hot rendition of pre-Killing Fields Asian pop influenced by American psychedelia - and the Nigerian singer Asa, a rising pop star with a fragile voice resembling Bob Marley, sings her own English songs, masterfully crafted like precious gems.
'Qanun, a sophisticated version of the European zither, is the key instrument of Middle East. Avshalom Farjun is a self-taught virtuoso and one of the most respected visionaries of the Israeli music scene.'
For more information about the Festival Programme or to book the tickets, please see www.respectmusic.cz.