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Background information
Origin Poland
Genres Rock, new wave
Years active 1976–2008
Past members Kora Jackowska
Marek Jackowski
Milo Kurtis
John Porter
Ryszard Olesiński
Krzysztof Olesiński
Ryszard Kupidura
Paweł Markowski
Bogdan Kowalewski
Marcin Ciempiel
Krzysztof Dominik
Kostek Yoriadis
Janusz Iwański
Bogdan Wawrzynowicz
Jose Manuel Alban Juarez
Cezary Kaźmierczak

Maanam (Tamil for respect or dignity) is a popular Polish rock band, formed by Marek Jackowski, Kora (Olga Jackowska) and Milo Kurtis in 1976. Originally an acoustic outfit, the band went electric in 1980, and since then has recorded some of the best-selling singles and albums in Poland over the past 25 years.

During the first half of the 1980s, Maanam featured an energetic, guitar-centred post-punk sound. Kora's vocal gymnastics were an example of iconoclastic international female pop vocalists of the time, and showcased the consonant-laden Polish language as one perfectly suited to rock sounds. In 1988, Maanam's "Sie ściemnia" became the first Polish music video to air on the international MTV. Maanam's sound in the 1980s could be considered a cross between Nina Hagen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Blondie.

In the 1990s, Maanam acquired a more melodic, and equally catchy, sound.

In 2007, Marek and Olga (Kora) announced the suspension of the band for an indefinite period of time. The two have since been performing with other musicians.[1]

Guitarist Janusz Iwański played with the group for some time.


  • 1980 Maanam
  • 1982 O!
  • 1983 Night Patrol
  • 1984 Nocny Patrol
  • 1984 Totalski No Problemski
  • 1984 Kminek dla dziewczynek
  • 1985 Wet Cat
  • 1985 Mental Cut
  • 1988 Live
  • 1988 Sie ściemnia
  • 1991 The Singles Collection
  • 1991 Derwisz i anioł
  • 1993 Maanamania Warszawa
  • 1994 Róża (POL: 3x Platinum)[2]
  • 1996 Łóżko (POL: 2x Platinum)[2]
  • 1998 Klucz
  • 2000 Hotel Nirvana
  • 2004 Znaki szczególne
  • The Best of Kora and Maanam Vol 2, EMI


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