Reggae is one of the most popular music genres in
Poland . The
rastafari philosophy is considered to constitute the main influence on
Polish reggae. The majority of songs are sung in Polish , yet a
Silesian group R.A.P. provides an important exception to both of the
above, since its members clearly stated to have nothing to do with the
rasta movement and sung almost exclusively in English .
Some of the popular bands include: Izrael , R.A.P. (
Politics) , Daab , Habakuk , Pajujo , Love Sen-C Music , Indios Bravos
, Natural Dread Killaz , and
The reggae group Izrael (1983-1995), from
Warsaw , which released at
least three albums on Tess Records, has been cited as an example of
reggae's popularity in Poland.
The reggae group R.A.P. (
Reggae Against Politics) (1985-1987), from
Gliwice, did not manage to release any albums during their short
existence but their music was not forgotten and in the late 1990s four
bootleg albums were legally released by labels Zima Records and Kaya
Production. In 2011 Zima Records released R.A.P.'s first official
studio album, originally recorded in 1986.
Warsaw Village Band has been noted to take traditional Polish
folk songs and add a reggae touch.
Bob Marley 's music is credited as introducing reggae to Poland, and
beginning a vibrant reggae movement there. According to reggae
Carolyn Cooper , Marley's lyrics of "resistance
against the system" have been a basis of inspiration for some human
rights demonstrations in Poland. Another influence was British
Misty in Roots , who played live in the country in
1983 and 1986. In the 1980s Polish rastafarians appeared. The first
Polish reggae song was performed by the band
Budka Suflera in 1974 -
Sen o dolinie, music by
Bill Withers - Ain\'t No Sunshine , Polish
lyrics by Krzysztof Cugowski . The first homegrown Polish reggae
groups started in the 1980s, and some even took on the reggae look,
complete with dreadlocks . Some
Polish reggae groups were included on
the compilation album MUP:
Reggae from Around the World, on RAS
Records . In 1999, reggae music was a prominent part of Woodstock
Junction , an annual music festival in
Żary , Poland.
Polish-language reggae has retained its popularity over the years,
and an all-Polish-language radio station in New York state is more
likely to play reggae music than polka music (which might not come
as a surprise, since polka music does not originate from
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