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Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
Band World Fusion


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"Cankisou at Rainforest world music festival 2012"

…On the rockier side of things was Czech Republic fusion group Cankisou, which performed a lively series of rock tunes spiced up with various ethnic elements and exotic instruments.
Its rotund lead singer, Karel Herman, was an imposing figure in his traditional garb and got the crowd to groove and sing along at certain moments to the band's tight sound with driving guitar chords and a punk-inspired attitude…
- Aref Omar

"Cankisou at Rainforest world music festival 2012"

Czech Republic´s Cankisou was equally amazing as they delivered a powerful set of performances on Day 2. One of the top world music bands in Czech republic, Cankisou played infectious numbers using a set of exotic instruments. - Bridgette Donald & Lester

"Eelco Schilder about CD Faÿt"

A few albums from the Czech Indies label, starting with the new album by the band Cankisou. This Czech band was founded in 1999 and this is their fifth album. The band mixes (heavy) rock with ethnic touches from all over the world. You might hear some Tuva throat singing, heavy Arabic influenced beats, North African rhythms and Eastern European melodies and so much more. All of this mixed with strong electric guitars, beating drums and a energetic singer. This band shows some passion and pleasure in playing, the album contains some fantastic progressive rock music with roots elements. A really nice treat for those who like crossover rock records with 100% energy, really nice one! - Folkworld

"David Hintz about CD Faÿt"

This is one fascinating listen. This seven-member band comes from the Czech Republic and plays ethnic music that sounds even more Middle Eastern in style. But the fascinating part is their use of both rock arrangements and a touch of electronica to create a deep dark atmosphere for these songs. This kind of combination does not often work, but this band finds a balance that is engaging and varied enough to pull in a lot of listeners. If you want to rock out a bit, and also love world musical variations, this album will provide plenty of thrills. - Folkworld

"About CD Lé la in Songlines"

As the pumping, insistent guitar chords of this albums first track fire up, steadily rising in intensity alongside shouting voices, you do not know whether you are heading for a riotous gig or a pub brawl…
… Partially influenced by recent tours taking in Pakistan, Ukraine and La Réunion, this is a confident, tight album with plenty of surprises. "Caloubadia" rides along on a slick Afro-beat groove with squealing clarinet and a singalong lead vocal by the Réunionnais quest singer Byin Maye, while "Kustino Oro" is the Balkan standard but with an intriguing edge - it is part Bollywood big band and part Lalo Schifrin, with a driving punk energy.
…Lé la is an adventurous, expansive album that deserves to do very well indeed.
- Lemez Lovas

"About CD Faÿt"

… after listening to the Faÿt CD I think it´s very clear. Unexpectedly enourmous drive, nearly concert energy even in the studio and for sure pile instruments arranged in a great way…
…Cankisou are so interesting mainly because of fresh arrangement of typical motives from various cultures which are then transformed it in their own way…

- Music:pioneer

"About CD Faÿt"

…The band doesn´t rely only on verbal message but communicate mainly through sound and energy. Thanks to that it´s easy to cross language barriers as you can see from a participation in foreign festivals in Pakistan or on Réunion island…

Magazine Rock a pop 10/2011 - Petr Doružka

"About CD Faÿt in World music charts Europe"

A raucous gang of art-punks, dominated by the theatrical voice of Karel Herman, not unlike Rammstein's Till Lindemann in it's declaratory-ness. Loud drums, braggadocio guitars, brash brass and big chanted choruses - you gotta love it, really. The cover features a uniped acrobat, naked women and a parrot. Possibly the best Czech art-rock you will hear all year.

23.10.2012 - Martin Gordon

"About CD Faÿt"

...Cankišou recorded a first-class CD with an ambition to resist the time.


- Jirí Moravcík


Fayt (2011)
Le la (2008)
Gamagaj (2004) - inspired by a book Baudolino by Umberto Eco
Dense Ju (2002) - with tittle song from Mongolia
Music of the Canki People (2000)



Czech band Cankisou became famous in the Czech republic and also abroad for its concerts full of energy and wild rhythms. Concerts run by singer Karel Herman who is very impressive not only because of his voice but also his figure become wild dance parties few minutes after beginning. Cankisou  mixes influences from various ethnics with rock roots and with its rich collection of exotic instruments travels the world from Runion island in an Indian ocean to Pakistan.

Cankisou was established at a Christmas party in 1999 by rock musicians. They put together various exotic and common rock instruments and started to explore world music field which was completely new for them at that time. Cankisou music is based on an old legend about one legged Canki people and the band also learnt their language which is understandable all over the world. Within 15 years of existence the band has become one of the top world music bands in the Czech republic and has travelled 15 countries so far.

Cankisou published several successful CDs: first CD called Music of the Canki people (Hudba lidu Canki, 2000) is full of energy and passion from new meeting with world music. More thoughtful Dense ju (2002) includes tittle Mongolian folk song, which was brought by singer Karel Herman from a festival in Mongolia. Third Gamagaj (2004) is inspired by a book Baudolino by Umberto Eco (all by FT Records). The forth CD Le La (2008 by Indies Scope) is inspired mainly by many journeys and fusions with local musicians the band did in the previous two years. Sain Zahoor (BBC World music 2006 winner) appears as a guest in a song and video called Zuha. According to the Czech world music journalist Jiri Moravcik Le La is the best Czech world music CD in 2008. The band was nominated for Czech version of Grammy called Andel 2008 in world music category. The last CD Fayt (2011, Indies Scope) which reflects more rock roots of all the musicians was No. 10 in the World music charts Europe in December 2011, No. 12 in January 2012 and No. 17 in November 2011. In the top 200 WMCE in 2011 as a whole Fayt is No. 98 out of 899 moninated CDs. The band got nomination for Andel 2011 in world music category for CD Fayt.

Cankisou made fusion with Sain Zahoor who got BBC World music 2006 award and a sufi singer Surriya Khanam in Pakistan, with Rajery (2009) and Coco Mbassi (2012) at Folk holidays festival in the Czech republic. 

 Singer Karel Herman was awarded second place at an international music festival Chuch Mongolia 2001 /Blue Mongolia/ in Mongolia. David Synak in cooperation with Theatre Continuo took part in EXPO 2005 exhibition in Japan and also in EXPO 2010 in China. 

Performance abroad: Hungary (Sziget 2013 and 2010, world music stage), Malaysia (Rainforest world music festival 2012), Belgium (Street party 2013), Switzerland  (Gena festival  2011), Netherlands (Rainbowpark festival 2009, Amsterdam Roots Festival 2007, Wereldfeest 2007, Kleur van de Nacht 2007), Estonia (Maalmikula 2008), Germany (Folklorefest 2013, Prague in Hamburg, Folkherbst 2005 and 2007), Poland (Culture of Rhythm 2010, FOLKowa FIESTA 2005 and 2006), Ukraine (ArtPole 2011, Svirzh World Music festival 2009, Ethno and land art festival Sheshori 2005 and 2007, Kraina Mriy 2004), Lithuania (Klaipeda Jazz Festival 2005), Romania (Fete de la Musique 2005), Pakistan (World Performing Arts Festival 2005, World Performing and Visual Arts Festival 2007 in Lahore), Italy, Austria, France...