one of the most popular songs of Opole Polish Festival was performed by Ania Karwan. She was waiting for her triumph 18 years. I did not really like her dress in Opole, so here is this song from recording session:
Europe and Poland have a rich diversity in musical quality in folk music, classical music, Pop Music, Gypsy Music (Roma - and Sinti) music, Klezmer music, Euro jazz music, chanson francophone (any lyric-driven French song, usually polyphonic and secular), Schlager music, peoples music which you don't see, hear or witness in the Eurovision songcontest, in the hitcharts (Top 40, Top 100 and Top 2000 -in the Netherlands a hit chart of pop music of all times-) nor in Hollywood movies about European countries. The commercial and corporate world of television, radio, record companies and music management or music promotion firms often promote the most average, general, smooth music which can be enjoyed by an average Western audience of listeners. The rich diversity of European national musical traditions, regional traditions and local traditions and the authentic and excellent music of professional European musicians gets lost in that machinery.
For instance the Eurovision songcontest is a terrible parade of coal Euro english. Continental European English, which I don't have a great pleasure to listen too. The same is the case with the hit charts (Top 40, top 100, and in the Netherlands the Top 2000). The coal Euro english of these Eurovision groups, bands and singers is terrible. English, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealandish and South-African English singers are better in it because it is their authentic, native language, their mother tongue. I prefer songs sung in Russian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, German, French, Italian, Spanish and of course in Polish, Dutch and Danish. That's why this National Festival of Polish Song in Opole (Polish: Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej w Opolu, KFPP) is such a great festival, because it celebrates authentic Polish music.
National Festival of Polish Song in Opole
The National Festival of Polish Song in Opole (Polish: Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej w Opolu, KFPP) is an annual music festival in Opole, Poland. Together with the Sopot Festival it is one of the two most important music festivals in Poland. The Opole Festival is meant as a summary of the past year's achievements by Polish song writers and performers. It is also the most important cultural event in Opole, with a tradition going back 50 years. It usually takes place in late June, since 2011 lasting for two days (Friday and Saturday) From 2013 again it takes three days. During the KFPP both the hits of the past season and new debut songs are performed; there is also a tournament of performing debuts.
Established in 1963, its traditional patrons include Polskie Radio and Telewizja Polska, as well as the Society of Friends of Opole. The only year the Festival did not take place was 1982, due to martial law in Poland.
The festival takes place at the Millennium Amphitheatre (Amfiteatr Tysiąclecia), which was opened in June 1963, in time for the first festival. The amphitheatre was built on the initiative of Opole's mayor, Karol Musioł, and designed by the architect Florian Jesionowski. It has become one of the symbols of the city of Opole, and it is located in the spot where an early Slavic settlement once stood. Well-preserved remnants of wooden houses and traces of pavements were discovered by archaeologists, who suggested opening a museum of ancient Opole on the spot. In the spring of 2011, the amphitheatre was remodelled, and its capacity was reduced from 4,800 to 3,653.
This guy sings a Polish song in a style which reminds me of the French chanson music I heard so much in my parents home during the seventies (Michel Fugain, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, Juliette Greco, Julien Clerc and Serge Gainsbourg) as a child. Nice song from Piotr Bałtroczyk.