Urszula Dudziak

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Urszula Dudziak
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Born Urszula Bogumiła Dudziak
(1943-10-23) 23 October 1943 (age 70)
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) 1. Michał Urbaniak (divorced)
2. Benght Dahllof
Children Mika Urbaniak
Katarzyna Urbaniak
Musical career
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 1958–present
Labels Inner City Records, Kayax
Associated acts Krzysztof Komeda, Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie
Website urszuladudziak.pl

Urszula Bogumiła Dudziak-Urbaniak (born 22 October 1943) is a leading Polish jazz vocalist. She has worked with artists such as Krzysztof Komeda, Michał Urbaniak (her ex-husband), Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, and Lester Bowie. Her 1970s song, Papaya, gained widespread popularity in Asia and Latin America in 2007.

History[edit]

Dudziak was born in the Straconka neighborhood of Bielsko-Biała, Poland. She studied piano, but began to sing in the late 50s after hearing records by Ella Fitzgerald. Within a few years she was one of the most popular jazz artists in her native country. She met and later married Michał Urbaniak. In the late 60s they began to tour overseas and in the 70s settled in New York.

Dudziak has some problems with language and customarily eschews words in favour of wordless vocalizing that is far more adventurous than scat. Already gifted with a remarkable five-octave vocal range, Dudziak employs electronic devices to extend still further the possibilities of her voice. She has frequently worked with leading contemporary musicians, including Archie Shepp and Lester Bowie, and was a member of the Vocal Summit group, with Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Sting, Michelle Hendricks, and Lauren Newton. Dudziak has also cooperated and performed with her fellow Polish female jazz vocalist Grażyna Auguścik.

On November 11, 2009, Dudziak was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by President Lech Kaczyński.

Personal life[edit]

Dudziak and Michał Urbaniak are divorced, together they have two daughters: pop singer Mika (Michelle, born 1980) and Kasia. After the divorce she was in a relationship with Jerzy Kosiński for four years. In 1993 she married Swedish captain Benght Dahllof.[1] Dudziak owns apartments in Manhattan, Sweden and Warsaw.

On 8 March 2011, she released her autobiography called Wyśpiewam wam wszystko (I'll sing everything for you).

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1980 - Papaya, czyli Skąd się biorą dziewczynki - main role, music
  • 1982 - Percussion Summit - minor role
  • 1983 - Vocal Summit - minor role
  • 1995 - Malowany chłopiec - music
  • 1985 - Urszula Dudziak - waga - main role
  • 2000 - Ponad tęczą - music
  • 2001 - Eden - music performance (vocal)
  • 2002 - Zielona karta - music, song performances
  • 2005 - Panna młoda - music
  • 2007 - Wiersz na Manhattanie - main role
  • 2007 - Niania - herself
  • 2008 - Urszula Dudziak: Życie jest piękne - document about her
  • 2011 - Bitwa na głosy - as team leader

Papaya dance[edit]

In 2007, Dudziak's classic 1970s song "Papaya" saw a resurgence in popularity in the Philippines where it was regularly featured in a local noontime TV game show Pilipinas, Game KNB?. A favorite track for Filipino drag queens as lip-synch material in the '70s gay disco/bar scene, the song then saw a revival when a TV host danced to the tune, helping to spread the popularity of the song to Latin America and the US. The dance has then been featured in several news programs, including MSNBC,[2] and Reuters.[3] On 21 March 2008, the dance was featured on ABC's Good Morning America, where the hosts also danced to the song.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ludzie: Urszula Dudziak". Gazeta.pl. 
  2. ^ "'Papaya' is dance king in Philippines". MSN Video. 25 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Papaya is the new Macarena". Reuters. 24 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Papaya Dance: the new Macarena". ABC News. 21 March 2008. 

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