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The new generation in Poland

A mixture of folk tunes, with alternative pop and punk beats.

Poland has several well-known classical composers as well as jazz musicians.  However, we can observe how the new music scene exploded.

Unfortunately, this music is not internationally recognized. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to have a closer look and present one of the modern artists of the new generation- Monika Brodka. Her professional career started, as in the case of most young singers, during an audition for a music show. She won the third season of the Polish TV competition “Idol” in 2004 at the age of 17. The prize was to record a debut solo CD, which was called “Album”. The first two records of the young girl from a village in the Polish mountains can be described as pop music for a mass audience. Game-changing in her career was the third album “Granda”, released in 2010, where for the first time she was co-writing most of the songs. Over time, she became more independent, original, and matured as an artist. Monika started to experiment with different styles. Her music now is a mixture of folk tunes, with alternative pop and punk beats.

In 2012 she flew to Los Angeles and worked in Red Bull Studios for a mini-album titled “LAX”. The EP consisted of only 2 new songs and their remixes, where we can find electronic and alternative vibes. Her last album “Clashes”, released in 2016, was inspired by organ music. All the songs were written in English. However, Monika said they are colored in with a Slovenian melancholy. Concerts promoting the new release were mainly organized in the Philharmonic halls around Poland. In these beautiful settings, audiences could hear a 12-person band playing wind instruments, strings, organs, and even a saw.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Kasia from Poland, graduate in tourism and management. During free time I love to travel and hike.


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