The all-female band BraAgas climbed up to the bronze notch of the prestigious WMCE charts. The album “O ptácích a rybách” (i.e. About Birds and Fish), released this year, appears in the charts for the second time. They reached the 14th place in May. Their current third place is a great award from the music professionals who make up the World Music Charts Europe. The last placement in the top 3 was by Reprezent from Gipsy.cz nine years ago.
The World Music Charts Europe is set up every month based on the votes of more than 40 music journalists, who play the world music on their radios in 20 countries. BraAgas have a number of awards for their previous albums in the Czech Republic. In 2009, the album TAPAS was awarded with the local “Anděl” (i.e. Angel) awards in the World Music category. In 2012, the album Fuerte was nominated for the same award and in 2014, the album Yallah! got awarded with an “Anděl” in the World Music category. This placement in the WMCE is for BraAgas quite a significant success in Europe.
The all-female band BraAgas offers beautiful rivers and dreamy skies on their new album called “O ptácích a rybách” (i.e. About Birds And Fish). On their sixth album, the ladies explore new ground thanks to these Czech songs. After a long musical hunt, the band finally returns home from other parts of Europe. They produced all thirteen songs, which come from the Czech-Moravian BraAgas song books, with their original approach and that has brought them many awards already in the past. In the role of silent witnesses to all the sad stories, the birds and fish gave the whole recording a name.
BraAgas is mainly female band focused to traditional music from all Europe. They repertoire is quite large and cover sephardic songs, music from Scandinavia, or Balkan and recently traditional songs from Czech republic (Moravia) as well. BraAgas really tries to use the huge variety of songs from different places in their arrangements. An interesting sound is based on ethnic and historical instruments and all over these you can hear four beautiful women vocals exactly fitting needs of each song. They play together since January 2007 and already played many concerts in the Czech republic and around the world – f.e. Rainforest world music festival on Borneo island, EBU Folk Music, Sur Jahan in India etc. They released pive CD´s - No. 1 in 2007, No. 2 Media Aetas in 2008, Tapas 2009 and Fuerte 2012. Two of them – Tapas and Yallah! were awarded Czech music award Andel 2009 in world music category.
Kateřina Göttlichová – vocal, cister, nyckelharpa, guitar, bagpipe
Karla Braunová – vocal, flutes, recorders, chalumeaux, shawns, clarinet, bagpipe
Michala Hrbková – vocal, fiddle, violin
Michaela Krbcová – vocal, percussions: darbouka, davul, cajon
Jan Hrbek – semi-acoustic bass