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Ostrava, Moravskoslezský Kraj, Czech Republic | INDIE

Ostrava, Moravskoslezský Kraj, Czech Republic | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music


"Music which doesn´t respect any borders"

„Descendants of one legged Èankišou nation. Music which doesn´t respect any borders, rhythmical tornado, loads of unusual instruments and singer Karel Heøman who is not possible to overlook. Charming tours into countries which are not explored yet are becoming more and more often. Ethnobigbeat brassband which was recently played at World Performing Arts Festival in Lahore in Pakistan in front of pakistan president. The band even performed with legendary Sain Zahoor singer there who was awarded BBC Worldmusic 2005 award for Asia/Pacific area.“ - Jiri Moravcik, 2006

"Songs about unusually tallented people"

…Come here. You will listen to songs about unusually tallented people with one leg. Songs in a foreing language which you understand anyway. Melodies rousing such strong feelings that you have to close your eyes and stop perceiving the world around you. So that´s the Cankisou magic…
…I met this band for the first time right when they had released their debut CD Hudba lidu Canki. I could listen only a bit and I realised I was forgetting to perceive my own thoughts. Head full of rhytms and melodies so there is no space for anything else. Èankišou can be like a drug. Addictve and euphoric. But its effect doesn´t go down with increaslng doses…
- Zuzka Balounova,

"Èankišou in a world of world music"

Èankišou band is extending to exotic world on its third cd called Gamagaj (by FT Records). Influence of Arabic music is followed by Indian motives or hints of ska; with singer Karel Herman speaking so called sun language. All this is predetermined for a joyful dancing. This collection of songs is characterized by playfulness that is used by Cankišou while composing. It’s very positive that their means of expression haven’t suffered from studio conservatism. - Jaroslav Spulak, denik Pravo


First CD called Music of the Canki people was released in 2000.
The second cd Densé ju with tittle Mongolian folk song was published two years later.
The third CD Gamagaj, which is inspired by a book Baudolino by Umberto Eco, was published in September 2004 (all by FT Records).
The band is working on its fourth CD right now wich will be released in spring 2008.

In May 2007 a book with soundtrack Ukopnuty palec aneb Pribehy lidu Canki was released. It´s a collection of 13 stories about Canki people by 13 authors. The soundtrack consists of 13 songs where each one is inspired by one story and composed by one of the Cankisou musician.

The band has two videos now – Sham Sut (2000) from the first Cd and Anay Yo (2005) from the last one. Both videos are broadcasted also by american Link TV.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Czech band Cankisou was established in 1999. Musicians untill that time played in various bands decided to play ethno, world music. They found their own and orginal way. The band dug up an old legend about one legged Canki people, learnt their language and collected musical instruments from all around the world - didjeridoo, djembe, yabbara, balafon, tarabuka, yarin, flutes, saxophones, percussions, mandolin, bassquitar, drums etc.

The band is influenced by many ethnics - Arabian, African, Balkan, Indian. All these influences put together created so called selfethno. Èankišou – it´s wild rhytms, exotic instruments, a riot of energy, music which doesn´t respect any musical borders and makes everybody dance.

Band Cankisou performs at various events:
- as a first Czech band participation in World Performing Arts Festival 2005 in Lahore in Pakistan, which is the biggest festival in South-East Asia. Cankisou played three concerts as part of Worldmusic, Jazz and Folk Night and then started to rehearse fusion with Pakistan Sufi singer Sain Zahoor, who was awarded BBC Worldmusic 2006. This fusion was performed at the festival and also for Pakistan president Pervais Musharraf in a Special Show Case in governor´s house.
- as a second Czech band in ten years festival history participation in Amsterdam Roots Festival 2007 – member of European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals
- as a first Czech band participation in Manapany Surf festival 2006 on Réunion island including fusion with local musicians.
- support band for Trans Global Underground and Tribal Drift
- Czech music festivals - Colours of Ostrava 2005 and 2003 - member of EFWMF, Rock for people, United Islands, Trutnov Open Air, Zamosti, Straznice, Trnkobraní, Febiofest etc.
- Slovakian music festivals - Pohoda, Topvar Rock Fest, Reviste, Hodokvas, Country Lodenice, Cibulak, Mediawave
- others - Netherlands (Amsterdam Roots Festival 2007 – member of EFWMF, Wereldfeest 2007, Kleur van de Nacht 2007), Germany (Prague in Hamburg 2004, Folkherbst 2005 and 2007), Poland (FOLKowa FIESTA 2005 and 2006), Ukraine (Ethno and land art festival Sheshori 2005 and 2007), Lithuania (Klaipeda Jazz Festival 2005), Romania (Fete de la Musique 2005), Pakistan (World Performing Arts Festival 2005 in Lahore), Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Hungary...
- recorded music for film Nuda v Brne directed by Vladimir Moravek
- songs Lebada Roti a A Sta Libera from cd Gamagaj are part of czech film Blízko nebe (Close to Heaven) by Dan Svátek