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 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.[2]

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. 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.[3]

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:

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Kowalczyk Krótka historia disco polo „Wiedza i Życie”. Nr 9/1997. ISSN 0137-8929 (Polish)
  2. ^ Igor T. Miecik Wirus polo powraca Newsweek Polska Nr 52/2008 ISSN 1642-5685 (Polish)
  3. ^ Jerzy Ziemacki Polska muzyka wesoła Przekrój, 20 January 2013 (Polish)
  4. ^ Big Dance Polo TV, 10 Sept. 2013 (Polish)