I’m pret­ty sure Ne Nehledej, which is said to mean “Stop Searching”, is in the Czech lan­guage, be­cause Iva Bittová is Czech. I don’t know that much about her and frankly this Song of the Day most­ly ex­ists to high­light re­mark­able video, but Ne Nehledej is a nice song and Bittová is a great en­ter­tain­er while al­so be­ing out there on the edge. She sings and plays vi­o­lin, and is as much per­for­mance art as mu­sic. But (un­like some per­for­mance artist­s) this per­for­mance is all about mu­sic.

Eva Bittová

It’s a bit con­fus­ing, be­cause this song ap­pears on Bittová’s epony­mous first al­bum from 1986, but then there’s an­oth­er 1994 al­bum with that ti­tle, which in that list­ing is trans­lat­ed as “No, Do Not Seek”. One gath­ers per­haps that it’s a sig­na­ture song for her?

Cred­its go to Lau­ren for this sug­ges­tion; I’d nev­er run across Ms Bittová till she point­ed her out.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Ama­zon, iTunes (y­ou have to buy the whole al­bum), Spo­ti­fy. Now, here’s that video of a live per­for­mance. I strong­ly rec­om­mend that you go hide some­where for six min­utes and pay at­ten­tion.


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From: Matěj Cepl (Feb 03 2018, at 01:53)

“No, Don't Seek” is the proper translation to English. It is possible than in 1986 (before the 1989) she couldn’t manage to get proper translation into English.

Ms. Bittová is a great musician and entertainer. She started in a theater (https://youtu.be/tipngkNZMq8 from the play about legendary highwayman from 1920s in the Carpathian Ruthenia, kind of Robin Hood-like figure, but a way more bloody; title of this song is nice as well, “They killed, they killed”). However, she moved quickly into pure musician, where she amazes everybody by breadth of what she is able to cover: from folk music (she is Roma by nationality) through theatre music to some really weird experimental jazzy stuff (this one, or for example https://youtu.be/6eWIlcyqA-4). However, she has also has more rock past with the group Dunaj (e.g., https://youtu.be/6BfIaS1AKOI).

Whole generation of musical critics tries to put her into some musical type box. So far, they are unsuccessful.


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