The iconic Czech singer Marta Kubišová was born on 1 November 1942 in České Budějovice.
During her youth she performed in a small town Nymburk and then she reached the finals in a singer competition and moved to Plzeň where she performed in the Theatre Alpha. In 1968, after the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops to Czechoslovakia her song ‘Prayer for Marta’ became a symbol of national resistance against the occupation. In 1968 she also joined singers Helena Vondráčková and Václav Neckář to create a group Golden Kids. The group became very popular in Czechoslovakia but broke up in January 1970. In February 1970, the government banned Marta Kubišová from performing in the country. After signing the Charter 77 her monitoring by the state secret police even increased.
She disappeared from the public scene for a long time and appeared again in December 1988 when she sang the Czechoslovak national anthem at a demonstration on the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She appeared in public again during the Velvet Revolution on 22 November 1989 when she sang the ‘Prayer for Marta’ on Wenceslas Square.
After the communist regime fell her rights were fully restored after 20 years.