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Maanam - Kora.jpg
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[original research?] Polish rock band.[citation needed]


Maanam was formed by Marek Jackowski, Kora (Olga Jackowska), and Milo Kurtis (b. 1951) in 1976. Originally an acoustic outfit, the band went electric in 1980, and since then has recorded some of the best-selling[clarification needed] singles and albums in Poland over the past[when?] 25 years.[citation needed]

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.[original research?][citation needed]

In the 1990s, Maanam acquired a more melodic, and equally catchy, sound.[original research?][citation needed]

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[when?] with the group for some time.[clarification needed][citation needed]


Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Wifon
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[3]
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[4]
Nocny patrol
  • Released: November 19, 1983[5]
  • Label: Jako/Polton
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[6]
Mental Cut
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Jako/Polskie Nagrania
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[7]
Sie ściemnia
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[8]
Derwisz i anioł
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Kamiling Co./Arston
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[9]
  • Released: September 22, 1994[10]
  • Label: Kamiling Co./Pomaton
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[11]
  • POL: 3x Platinum[12]
  • Released: September 30, 1996[13]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[14]
  • POL: 2x Platinum[15]
  • Released: September 28, 1998[16]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[17]
Hotel Nirwana
  • Released: March 3, 2001[18]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[19]
Znaki szczególne
  • Released: March 27, 2004[20]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[21]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Cieślak, Jacek. "the real story of Maanam". Rzeczpospolita (newspaper) (in Polish). Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
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  20. ^,5559,title,Znaki-Szczegolne,plyta.html
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