The foundation of the band dates back to the middle of 1988 after Hever band had finished its activities and violinist Slávek Neuhofer, guitarist Honza Peclinovský and bassist Luděk Zedník stayed together. “We wanted to do it in a different way with a smaller number of people“. Luděk remembered his classmate Vláďa Saska who took the vacancy of a drummer. The band was born.
It found its headquarters in a company called ČKD Polovodiče Prague. (at the time when the commies were in power a founder was necessary to have for public perfoming). “Thank you Mr. Zdeněk Cerman. That man took this risk in despite of the way we looked. We needed the stamp“. The band started to work under the name Utaja Hunata. Then several concerts followed and a repeated invitation to the founder where the band learnt they had to change the name of the band “We were told it sounds somehow Turkish“. A new substitute name was thought up immediately on the spot and it was Aku-Aku. (The soul protector of the deads on the Easter island, nowadays also a row of drills, grinders and eventually shoes perhaps, too). That was the last meeting with the founder, because the activities of the band headed for the underground environment. “We also played quite difficult compositons and it was suprising that people approved of it. I would describe the year before the velvet revolution as one forbidden party. At first the concerts were offical but in time we started to play at various secret spots, steam boats, barns, just where we could.“ The band crowned this period by a performance at the legendary concert of Solidarita in Wroclav (beginning of November 1989). Besides the main folk stage there was also a rock stage. Unfortunatelly because of the tough controls on the borders only a minimum of bands could get there. Besides Aku-Aku, only MCHBand and Šanov were there.
There was a great boom after the revolution. In 1990 the band recorded the album (vinyl) “Humanquake“, (Pro Art 1991) where there are compositions of 1988-89. The band started its performances at different festivals and meetings around the entire Republic. In Wenceslas square in Prague the band met graphic designer and musician Lukáš Machata who was living in Switzerland. With his help we could carry out a tour around the Czech Republic which was repeated after two years. A meeting with the American band Sabot was of the same importance and a long-term friendship arose from it.
The activity of the band began to change gradually after the revolution. “All of a sudden everyone started to sing about freedom and make comments on past and contemporary events in a rather tough way. We did not want to take this way then when it was allowed. We learnt songs inspired by Tolkien´s poetics“. This period is partly recorded on CD KNAK 1992. “Nevetheless, it was not what people really wanted and we felt they wanted to amuse themselves more. We were not able to persuade them and after a certain period of fumbling we created a new programme again which was entirely recorded on CD named Mezi psem a vlkem.“ At the time around 1994 Aku-Aku made quite a lot of performances but despite this the band was at the end of its tether regarding its production. “Looking back in time I would call it burn out. We were not able to agree on one single note so there was a decision to finish with the activities of the band and call it a day.“
Basist Luděk and guitarist Honza stayed together and went on to record two albums (see other projects). There was a pause which lasted 14 years. “The reincarnation of the band started after an accident which happened to the drummer. He had a serious injury. We arrived to see him at the hospital and the way he was there in bed with both legs hung up in splints made us think it was a signal perhaps to give it one more chance. At first we laughed at the idea and then, after a few months the idea became reality and the group reformed despite the various difficulties connected with Láďa´s health condition.“
In this basic set was band playing till 2010. They stopped when Láďa´s health condition didn´t allow them to play anymore. The remaining band members engaged the drummer Josef Cigánek for all the arranged concerts in 2011. The band also started to collaborate with a singer Sabina Křováková, the later winner of the Czech Superstar (the collaboration ended in 2013).
Zdeněk Šulc became the drummer of the band at the end of 2011 and AKU-AKU recorded CD „Ples Loutek“ with him in 2015. The band was concerting with this program till the beginning of 2017 and then fell silent. The violinist Slávek Neuhofer released two solo projects under the name „Venkyhessku“ in 2014 and 2018.
Aku-AKU is ready to return on stage in 2019.