Updates: 11/19/2021 12:34 AM
Released: 19.11.2021, 00:07
Prague – Today, the last farewell to the musician Miroslav Žbirka is taking place in the Strašnice crematorium. In addition to other invited guests, the Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová will also take part in the piety, returning to Prague three days after her official visit. Popular singer and songwriter Miroslav Žbirka died of a lung disease on November 10 at the age of 69.
Only those invited will be allowed for the current regulation. The public will be able to say goodbye in front of the ceremonial hall, where the condolence book will be placed. The transmission from the ceremony will be provided through an image and live broadcast on Žbirkov’s official oneprofile.
Slovak singer, composer and guitarist Žbirka was born on October 21, 1952 in Bratislava. He came from a Slovak-British family, his lifelong love was the famous British group The Beatles. Without their influence, he might never have sung and played the guitar, as he recalled in the interviews. Already at the end of the 1960s, he was involved in the birth of the Bratislava rock band Modus. He recorded his first hit Zažni in 1977 and four years later he founded the band Limit with Lac Lučenič and set out on his own career. His debut solo album was called Doctor Sen.
Žbirka is known as the author of melodic songs such as White Flower, Atlantis, Nemoderný chalan, Katrin or Co bolí. During his more than forty years on the music scene, he became famous as a solo performer of songs, which he also composed himself. He has released over thirty records in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany, and has given concerts almost all over the world.
Žbirka stood at the peak of its popularity, especially in the 1980s. In 1982, he became the first Slovak Golden Nightingale, and after Waldemar Matušek, he was the second to defeat Karel Gott. He has celebrated success in the last decade. Two years ago, he celebrated 40 years on the music scene with many guests with a grand concert in the packed O2 arena in Prague.