The band Lake Malawi was formed after the break-up of the successful band Charlie Straight in September 2013. The band’s name was inspired by Born Iver’s song “Calgary”.
The very first single “Always June” was presented in the same year by the band’s frontman Albert Černý in person with a guitar broadcast live on BBC London. The songs “Beach, Nectarines & Daim” and “Paris” received the same honors.
The following year, the band went to the well-known Czech festivals Colors of Ostrava and Rock for People. In May 2015, the debut EP “We Are Making Love Again” was released, co-produced by Matt Lawrence and Filip Gemroth.
In 2015, the band performed at the British The Great Escape Festival in Brigton. In the autumn of the same year, Lake Malawi decided to tour the Czech Republic with the acoustic Furch Tour. Due to its great success, the band repeated in the same spirit a year later. The single “Chinese Trees” scored in 2015 on the Audition Poll on Amazing Radio.
In the fall of 2017, after long and careful preparations, Lake Malawi released their debut album “Surrounded by Light”. The album was accompanied by the release of music videos for the songs “Prague (In the City)”, “Surrounded by Light”, “Not My Street”, “Bottom Of The Jungle”, “Paris” and “Spaced Out”.
Lake Malawi won Eurovision Song CZ, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2019. In May, they represented the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv. They reached the 11th place. That same year, they performed at the Sopot International Music Festival. In 2020, Albert Černý, accompanied by the band, took part in the Polish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Szanca na sukces, where his song “Lucy” took second place.
In April 2021, drummer Antonín Hrabal left the band.