Marta Kubišová (born 1 November 1942) is a Czech singer of iconic significance. By the time of the Prague Spring of 1968, with her song “Modlitba pro Martu” (“A prayer for Marta”), she was one of the most popular female singers in Czechoslovakia.

In 1967 she won Zlatý slavík award (English: Golden Nightingale). Her song “Prayer for Marta” became a symbol of national resistance against the occupation of Warsaw Pact troops in 1968. Between 1965 and 1970, she recorded over 200 SP records and one LP, Songy a Balady (Songs and Ballads, released in 1969), which was immediately banned from stores.

In February 1970, the government banned her from performing in the country on the pretext of alleged pornography, based on the three falsified photo-montages as evidence. She only had her rights fully restored 20 years later, after the Czechoslovak communist regime fell in 1989. During that time, she only performed twice at private invitation-only events.

After signing the Charter 77 proclamation, her prosecution and monitoring by the communist state secret police escalated. From 1977 to 1978 she participated as a spokesperson for Charter 77.

On 10 December 1988 after a long absence from the public eye, she appeared at a demonstration on the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, during which she sang the Czechoslovak national anthem. On 22 November 1989, during the Velvet Revolution, she sang her “Prayer for Martha” and the Czechoslovak national anthem from a balcony on Wenceslas Square.
Then followed the reissue of Songy a Balady, and in 1990 she returned to the studio and the stage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marta_Kubišová
http://kubisova.cz
Andre Kaiser

Modlitba Pro Martu (A Prayer For Marta)
(after Jindrich Brabec/Petr Rada, 1968)

Let peace remain, settle on this landscape.
Anger and envy, resentment, fear and strife –
let all these pass and no longer exist.
Now, you have lost your government,
when it is given back, the people will return.

In the sky, clouds raise their white sails
and everyone reaps the rain they sow.
This is a prayer, from the whole of my heart:
let anger burn, time keep safe its flowers
beneath a cold balm of winter frost.

Let peace continue, remain in this landscape.
Anger and envy, resentment, fear and strife,
must all pass away, or cease to exist.
Now, you have lost your government,
when it is given back, the people will return.

http://easternblocsongs.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/marta-kubisova-modlitba-pro-martu-supraphon-1968/