Author: Iveta Sujová
On March 26, 2020 in the early hours, I was suddenly left by my longtime colleague,
friend and the head of the band Vladimír Valentýni „Wanny“, born on September 1, 1944.
He was a remarkable man, with whom I’ve worked in the music business for 35 years. Rest in peace.
THE BAND AND ITS NEW COMPOSITION
June 12, 2020, STARLINEBAND was unfortunately forced to start the summer season without „Wanny“ Vladimír Valentýni. The new band formation consisted of myself and Michal Gajdoš, Wanny’s 27-year-old grandson. Michal entered the world of music as a DJ and has inherited a great amount of musical talent as well as skills from his inspiring grandfather. In 2002, he managed to release two non-commercial singles. I am extremely happy to have him as my colleague and am glad that our cooperation will be successful and will have the highest level possible.
MY ART CURRICULUM
My dear friends, where should I start. I’ve been singing since I was a child.
It started to be more serious when I was 17 and my professional career began in 1990.
I started with folk songs, the modern ones, and have had my fair share of opera singing too.
This is my chronology:
1990 - Formation of the V-TRIO band with Wanny and saxophonist and folkman Stanko Fojtík, who has been by our side at larger events till today. We decided to start our professional career by collaborating with the guitarist and singer Edko Sába (1991), and after a short time with Janko Kosec (1992) as well. Together, we played in several establishments in Slovakia, but were more and more attracted to performing abroad.
1992 - We managed to come across a guitarist and singer Viliam Pobjecký, with whom we’ve found our way to Germany and Switzerland. Our cooperation, however, did not last long, because we received another job offer.
From 1993-1994 we formed a TRIO with „Jennifer“ Janka Tomajková, a serious singer playing an acoustic guitar. We worked together in Germany, Switzerland and Tunisia on Dar Jerba. Later, Jennifer received a job offer to join the media industry and television, so our collaboration ended. The wind took her to Australia, but despite that, we’re still in touch till today. I respect her immensely and have learned a lot from her. Because of our collaboration together we met Orlando Padill in Tunis. Orlando was a music agent from London, who offered us a collaboration, and thus a new era for our band began.
1994 - Official establishment of „Starlineband“ together with Wanny. Wanny and I have expanded the group due to the requirements coming from abroad. We added new performers: Zuzka Félixová, Martina Oborilová and Milan Galierik. Once again, we found ourselves working in Germany and Switzerland. Austria was added later, and we didn’t say no even to performances in Bahrain, which had opened opportunities for us to work in the Near and Middle East. However, a big hard-to-sell group has started to be a problem, so we stayed only as a TRIO with Zuzka Félixová until 2000.
We worked together in several hotels in Jordan, Dubai and finally in Abu Dhabi. What feels good is that at the time, we were the only band from the „Eastern Bloc“ to also do charity events in Pakistan and Dubai. Unfortunately, family problems forced me to stay in Slovakia and I could not continue a long-term work abroad.
2000 - 2002 Short-term performances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the Balla brothers from the AFTER EIGHT group.
Circumstances still allowed me to perform several short-term performances in the Emirates with Wanny and Dagmara Ovšiniaková as a DUO or a TRIO until they forced me to definitively terminate my work abroad. Therefore, I decided to build my own equipment setup and work independently. I worked alone for 3 years and in addition worked in various bands around Slovakia – most frequently in the band „Excellent“ (Ervín and Andrejka) from Kuraľany.
2006 - Wanny ended his work abroad and upon his return, we joined forces again, modernizing our technical equipment as well as our repertoire. As a DUO, we started off well. Years later, we joined forces again with Stanko Fojtík and Janko Pálka (excellent folkmen) and larger events are still pleasant memories of this combination.
Unfortunatelly, on March 26, 2020, Wanny passed away. We are currently in the stage of a coronavirus pandemic, so our performing is suspended. However, we are continuously perfecting our old and preparing a new repertoire for you, so that we can warm up your hearts and contribute to your good mood. We were born for this!
THEY WROTE ABOUT US
They are musician of sorts by birdh. Due to their excellence in plaiyng musical instrumets of all types, more and more musicians from the former East bloc in Europe are being recruied to come and perform in the Middle East.
Another advantage is that these musicians and singers are multi-lingual which means that they can easily entertain guests of all nationalities. The latest such band to arrive in Dubai is the Starline plaiyng at The Office Restaurant Metropolitan Palace Hotel in Dubai.
Gulf News - Dubai, U.A.E.