Disco polo

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Disco polo is a musical genre native to Poland, which exists in its present form since the early 1990s, with a peak in 1995-1997. It was derived from the Disco, Euro disco contemporary folk tunes influenced by Italo disco and Polish folk songs (mostly somewhat vulgarised ones played at weddings and feasts).[1]


The roots of this species and the beginnings[edit]

Species derived from the music played at weddings and fun ch by special teams with a repertoire Polish folk music and wedding, with instruments which have been changed: instead of acoustic - electronic, and in the 80s also electronic keyboards,[2] the path was the most melodramatic vocal text about unrequited love.[1][3] In addition, a large influence on the occurrence of this species were popular in the 80s Europe, including Poland genres of disco - italo disco[1][4] and euro disco[5] and to some extent the contractor from the former Soviet (performer disco polo explained some of these songs performers from Russian into Polish as such. Hope syndrome Skaner - the original version is Vesna - Comp. Vyacheslav Janko, Kasia Catherine syndrome Milano - the original version is Катя-Катерина - Comp. Andrei Derzhavin or 'Yellow tulips syndrome Imperium - the original version is' 'Жёлтые тюльпаны (Żółtyie tjulpany)' '- a wok. Natasha Koroleva), as well as music from these countries (mainly Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian).[6][7] Disco polo sounds similar to the disco of the former USSR.

The first team that is representative of this genre - Bayer Full, founded November 19, 1984 year,[8][9] while the other team, representative of the genre - Top One was established in 1986,[10] and both teams have become one of the pioneers of that music.[1] At the turn of the 80s and 90s were formed bands like Akcent, Atlantis, Boys and Fanatic,[1] and was founded in 1990. the first official record label that captures music CDs disco polo - Blue Star.[1] The main centers of music sidewalk, and later disco polo was Białystok and other cities lying on the Podlasie (just in this part of Polish artists for the majority of the species), and Żyrardów and Sochaczew near Warsaw.[1] One of the most famous songs derived from this species was "Mydełko Fa" ("Soap FA") recorded in 1991 by Marek Kondrat and Marlena Drozdowska, which was to be pastiche of the music, but it was a big hit and it has contributed to the popularity of the genre, and his followers adopted it as their anthem almost.[1] The name itself was conceived by Sławomir Skręta from the group Blue Star as a replacement for an older term, piosenka chodnikowa (sidewalk music) - which originated from the main means of distribution of its recordings in early 1990s - sidewalk stalls on streets and at bazaars. Disco polo could be heard mostly at country picnics, country depots, weddings or during political campaigning for Polish parliament and presidential elections. Former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski was one of the most notable example of a politician who used disco polo during his presidential campaign.[3]

Since the 90s of the twentieth century until 2002 year[edit]

The originator of the name of disco polo, created in 1993,[1] the similarity italo disco (Italian style of music from the early 80s in.), Was Sławomir Skręta,[3][11] the owner of a record label Blue Star of the Reguły, near Warsaw. This name became popular quickly and effectively replaced the previous name "music Pavement". In the first half of 90s music has become a mass phenomenon, but almost absent in the media. Recorded outside the official circuit cassettes and CDs achieved a tremendous amount. February 29, 1992 Gala held Songs Chodnikowa and dedicated to this trend of popular music broadcast by TVP1.[1]

The style was extensively marketed by the Polsat TV station, which produced its own disco polo hit list, in a TV show called Disco Relax - premiere December 4, 1994[12] and "Disco Polo Live" - premiere February 3, 1996 in TV Polsat[13]) and radio broadcasting Radio Eska.[1] Disco Polo was also present at that time in Polonia 1 TV station which is a network of the local stations in the larger urban areas and in the TV Polonia. In other media, the music at that time was hardly absent and acknowledged by the mainstream media as a symbol of kitsch and primitivism.

Before the presidential elections in 1995, bands and singers were involved disco polo during the election campaign, among others, Waldemar Pawlak and Aleksander Kwasniewski (presidential elections in Poland in 1995, Bayer Full - President, Top One - Ole Olek and others). Traditional instrumentation came to be replaced by keyboards later in the '90s, which contributed to a slight change in style, making the songs more similar to modern dance music, especially Eurodance music.

December 31, 1995 on TVP 1 aired a program disco polo, who bore the title "Karnawałowa Gala Disco Polo" ("Carnival Gala Disco Polo").[14]

In the late 90th century (since 1998 to 2001[15]), there was a glut of music and a sharp decline in sales of cassettes and CDs disco polo approx. Half, while the growth of the Polish pop music, rock music and hip hop music and foreign hip-hop, dance music and electronic music. At the same time, from the antenna of Radio Eska, TV Polonia 1 and TV Polonia been removed programs devoted to the music. Disco polo teams were growing financial problems, and this is due to the declining number of sold albums and played concerts. In late August 2002, Polsat TV antenna disappeared Disco programs Relax (last issue August 25) and Disco Polo Live (last issue August 24),[16] which many teams ended or suspended their activities,[17] and that species in some years disappeared from the media. The drastic decline in the popularity of the genre was the emigration proportion of the members of the mainstream music of Polish, mainly to the United States (some artists today, there are continuing their activities).

After 2002 year[edit]

In years 2002-2007 some teams continued their activities (eg. Toples or Weekend). During this period, the teams seemed even his new disc, but due to the lack of existence at the time the species in the national media, they did not bring popularity. August 12, 2004, it appeared in an article by Wojciech Orliński in Gazeta Wyborcza on title "Śmierć disco polo" ("The death of disco polo") which describes the collapse of the genre at the turn of the century.[18] August 6, 2006, TVN broadcast a program Attention! Behind the scenes of the cycle of Fame dedicated to the revival of the genre.[15] A report in the poll was recognized as the best internet coverage of 2006 and it was repeated 31 December.[19] In 2007, after a five year hiatus, this music has established itself again on television screens through iTV station, which broadcasts the program every Fri. "Discostacja". In addition, the promotion takes place on the Internet through two Internet radio stations associated with it. Starting this year, teams started to play gigs again, the number of which increased every year, and again began to sell records, so teams started again profitable.

Disco polo has regained immense popularity starting in 2011 with the formation of the Polo TV music channel. This renaissance of the disco polo genre resulted in many remakes of old hits as well as the creation of dozens of new disco polo groups. The bands After Party and Weekend gained their fame in recent years. Disco polo is also popular outside of Poland, especially within the Polish diaspora. There are artists, such as Disco Polo Tomek, who sing disco polo music.

Notable disco polo artists[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Anna Kowalczyk Krótka historia disco polo „Wiedza i Życie”. Nr 9/1997. ISSN 0137-8929 (Polish)
  2. ^ Disco polo Encyklopedia muzyki PWN [on-line]. RMF Classic. [date access 2012-11-25] (Polish)
  3. ^ a b c Igor T. Miecik Wirus polo powraca Newsweek Polska Nr 52/2008 ISSN 1642-5685 (Polish)
  4. ^ Discomania djsportal.com [date access 2005-08-29]. (Polish)
  5. ^ Ewa Potocka: Disco Polo z wyższej półki muzyka.onet.pl, 2011-04-15 [date access 2013-12-02]. (Polish)
  6. ^ „KOCHAM SIĘ W TYM” – FAJTERS O INSPIRACJACH ZE WSCHODU discoportal.info [date access 2014-06-19]. (Polish)
  7. ^ ZAIKS będzie walczył z kradzieżami discoportal .info [date access 2014-06-19]. (Polish)
  8. ^ Bayer Full RMFon.pl [date access 2013-06-20]. (Polish)
  9. ^ Bayer Full muzyka.onet.pl [date access 2012-11-24]. (Polish)
  10. ^ Co się stało z zespołem Top One? muzyka.wp.pl 2013-04-04, {date access 2013-04-04]. (Polish)
  11. ^ Radio Disco Polo FM - Historia discopolo.fm [date access 2012-07-25]. (Polish)
  12. ^ Jerzy Ziemacki. Polska muzyka wesoła. „Przekrój”. Nr 3/2013, page 22 ISSN 0033-2488.
  13. ^ DISCO POLO WRACA NA GŁÓWNĄ ANTENĘ POLSATU! discoportal.info [date access 2012-07-25]. (Polish)
  14. ^ Karnawałowa Gala Disco Polo YouTube [date access 2007-11-21]
  15. ^ a b Uwaga! TVN - Kulisy Sławy - Powrót disco polo TVN 2006-08-06. [date access 2012-08-28]. (Polish)
  16. ^ Nowe programy muzyczne Polsatu wirtualnemedia.pl, 2002-08-28 [date access 2012-07-21]. (Polish)
  17. ^ Disco Polo - Historia muzyki Disco Polo rolnicy.com. [date access 2013-07-24]. (Polish)
  18. ^ Wojciech Orliński. Śmierć disco polo. „Gazeta Wyborcza”. Nr 188/2004, page 10, 12 August 2004. Agora. ISSN 0860-908X (Polish).
  19. ^ Uwaga! TVN - Reportaże - Powrót disco polo TVN, 2006-12-31. [date access 2012-08-28].(Polish)
  20. ^ Big Dance Polo TV, 10 Sept. 2013 (Polish)