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Polska Muzyka (Polish Music)

About ten years ago I became hooked on Polish music, and I find that has helped to recognize a lot of the words and phrases. So I wanted to start by listing some of my favorite Polish music artists.

I like listening to http://www.polskastacja.pl/ They have a lot of different channels to choose from. I like the "Tylko Polskie Przeboje" channel which plays exclusively Polish songs from the 80s and 90s, which is my favorite era of Polish music.

Some of my favorites:

Kasia Kowalska, Edyta Bartosiewicz, Hey, Goya, Dżem, Republika, Lady Pank, Wilki, Myslovitz, Monika Brodka, Ania Dąbrowska, Brathanki, Kult (Kazik)

...and of course, Czesław Niemen

December 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Leaf900

The Dumplings, REBEKA, Lilly hates Roses and others I'm sure I've forgotten XD Poland has some good music ❤

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/moncanarddort

These are good. Especially Lilly hates Roses. Dziękuję!

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Purpurlicht

I didn't know about the Dumplings until a few days ago: Thank you so much for changing this!

February 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/J0W3x

Thank you ! Amazing suggestions. :)

August 7, 2016

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I recommend Brodka. Her voice is very interesting in album Granda and she proves there that Polish language is beautiful! :)

Edyta Bartosiewicz is also a good one, yet her songs are more peaceful and melancholic. On the other hand, fans of rock would certainly like Myslovitz.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Viersch

Oh, Maria Peszek is delightful too.

December 12, 2015

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I like her earlier songs, like "Moje Miasto".

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Leaf900

Definitely Brodka!!! And Town of Strangers by Bokka (yes the name is similar!!!) Except it is in English... still worth a listen though!!

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfwgator

Kayah does some good stuff, especially the album with Bregovic.

December 13, 2015

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Merci beaucoup ! :) (Thank you very much! :)) I knew about polish hip hop and rock. Polish pop sounds amazing !

August 7, 2016

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Just to check something interesting: Peggy Brown by Myslovitz. You will get some British folk vibe out of it, and the text itself is a traslation of a poem by an Irish poet, Turlough O'Carolan. If you are interested in some heavier Slavic folk renditions, try Żywiołak (meaning, Elemental) and their song "Oko Dybuka" (The eye of the dybbuk). Of course, it is difficult to recommend anything just like that :) Another interesting choice is Big Day, a britpoppish band made popular in the 90s with their less britpoppish songs (Przestrzeń, Mój znak etc. ). The lady way the lady sings seems very clear to me. Elektryczne gitary and Czerwone gitary (songs from 50 years ago I believe) might supply a nice set of songs for some listening practice, as the focus is on the voice, not on the instruments. Elektryczne gitary may not be particularly exciting music-wise, but they have interesting cabaret-like lyrics. Czerwone Gitary are like Polish Beatles ;) You might also want to check Lady Pank's songs from the 80s - people would say they could be very popular abroad, but they needed to learn English... but they didn't want to. Their newer songs are mediocre imho. If you prefer blues, Dżem (Jam) was pretty influential at the time, and even has its own blues music festival these days (featuring other interesting, but not always well-known bands, like e.g. Riders - you might want to check their "Wiara" (faith) ). Of course, I could mention Polish bands, which are already popular abroad, like the metal band Vader or progressive Riverside (Porcupine Tree-like), but you want to practise listening of Polish, right? ;)

December 13, 2015

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Big Day - Przestrzeń (One of my favorites) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUI1lVWOlVQ

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hejmsdz

If you're into hard rock, you'll certainly enjoy Luxtorpeda! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbjbfUlX2Vc

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/artdob

I've gotten hooked on Radio poezja śpiewana . Latest favorite is Stare dobre małżeństwo.

December 12, 2015

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I really like Koniec Świata (they play ska-punk), Paktofonika and Pięć Dwa(both hip-hop). Just my two cents.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/moncanarddort

Dziękuję!

December 15, 2015

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If you are interested in Polish music from the 80s this is a great documentary

Beats of Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAfJZxi0hio

December 13, 2015

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And if you prefer something more serious, try listening to something by a famous Polish singer-songwriter Jacek Kaczmarski. He wrote mainly historical and social-political songs (the latter especially connected with the martial law time) accompanied by a classical guitar played in a rather unusual way. The best-known of his works are arguably "Mury" (The Walls): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YGS9vhmFS0 and "Obława" (The Chase): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UIzl4_SFp4

December 17, 2015

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Kukiz's version of "Obława" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVl_ddZO1MQ

February 21, 2016

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If you like Kaczmarski, you'll like this

"Szukamy stajenki" ("We are looking for the stable") https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR9Z8Dk6Wszo4Yakoo_oq8YGoKquxCp5s

December 18, 2015

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I'd like to mention Dawid Podsiadło - he sings both in Polish and in English, some of his songs have versions in both of these languages like "Nieznajomy"/"Little Stranger" or "Trójkąty i kwadraty"/"S and T", so it's almost like a translation for you (but watch out, the lyrics are not always the same in both languages). :)

December 21, 2015

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I don't know if it's the case with this artist, but do double check when there's an English and a <other language> version of a song - sometimes they're the same or very similar in meaning, but it's not always easy to translate a song into a different language, keep the same meaning, and make it fit the original tune, so sometimes the two versions might be the same or similar, but other times they might be wildly different in meaning.

I don't know if that's the case with Dawid Podsiadło, it's more just a general caution!

December 21, 2015

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True, the lyrics are not always the same in both languages (same when it comes to Dawid's songs), but they're nice to listen to anyway just to get the general context and enjoy some good music. :)

Funny, now that you mentioned it, I started to translate the lyrics in my mind and "S and T" is pretty far from "Trójkąty i kwadraty". But "Little Stranger" is a lot like "Nieznajomy", so that depends. But I like that guy anyway. :)

December 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sirwootalot

They're not family-friendly, but Siekiera is one of the best Post-Punk bands ever! Give this a listen if you're more into Punk, New Wave, and Goth Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxVPUwr0Z3Q

August 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

Thanks so much for this, I really appreciate it. :)

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy

I like Marek Grechuta, Edyta Górniak, Justyna steczkowska, Anna Maria Jopek, and grzegorz turnau.

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfwgator

The version of "Krakow" with Grechuta and Myslovitz is probably my favorite Polish song. Anna Maria Jopek did a fantastic collaboration with Pat Metheny a few years ago, called "Upojenie".

December 12, 2015

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One of my favorite Polish songs is 'Winna' by Chylinska (sorry, no Polish keyboard). And Future Folk is a fun band to listen to (although they are probably not the best group to try and learn Polish from because they speak/sing in a distinctly different dialect than what we learn on here...)

December 14, 2015

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I liked Chylinska back when she was in O.N.A.

December 14, 2015

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I forgot to mention that Bednarek also has some interesting stuff...

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/evementen

I don't think anyone mentioned Pectus! They're new within the last 5-10 years. Their song "Barcelona" has a really good groove.

December 17, 2015

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Why would anyone recommend it? It is bland and forced on people on the radio. Ok, if you enjoy it, it's fine with me, but it is in no way the music to recommend.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/evementen

To each their own :-)

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bearneard

Yup :)

December 17, 2015

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For example I would like to recommend Kazik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7VykCTXX7M (a song about artists who go political, especially in recent years), but the phrases and references are satirical and quite limited to Polish context and history.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfwgator

I take it he's referring to Paweł Kukiz there?

December 17, 2015

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I'm afraid you did not understand the song. It is not about artists who become politicians. There's a difference there. It is about those who go all vaseline on certain political options to get some profit out of it. Notice how some actors who showed public support towards certain political options has got a lot of media coverage and work options, while the other ones, who chose to support other options or refrained from showing the support, have almost been forgotten and are conveniently ignored in the most popular media. Those are usually actors and musicians, but not only. The process can be easily observed, because of the historical sources, looking back at the time of communism. You did not support the party, you do not have a chance for a career. These days you have to observe it yourself. I will not develop on my thoughts here, as I believe this place should be as neutral politically as possible.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vicrotte

here i can give some of my favorite :

Addio pomidory - kabaret starzszych panow Abradab Fisz Emade voo voo Wojciech Waglewski

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AmpakineDream

Some great recommendations here. I started delving into Youtube/Discogs today... highlights so far:

Klaus Mitffoch (s/t) – amazing post-punk record https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9eKQe88yRI

Lech Janerka: Historia Podwodna – the guy from Klaus Mitffoch, not quite as purely post-punk, also fantastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwNsygKfJ0

Świetliki: Ogród Koncentracyjny – Polish spoken word poetry with eclectic musical backing. Seems great for language-learning because the vocals are mixed loud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJkgfPDPM3A

April 8, 2017
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