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– This experiment was a success – says Monika Brodka about her new album “WAWA”. An experiment, because she invited a different artist or band to record each of the 10 tracks, gathering – as she put it – “the cream of the crop of Polish and not only Polish alternative”. The album was created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.

– We are a place that tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising as an event of the past, but we also try to translate it into contemporary language. We want to tell the story of the Warsaw Uprising participants in such a way that it is understandable for future generations. We tell the story of people who had the courage to be free, who had the courage to live on their own terms – said Jan Ołdakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, during Tuesday's press conference.

From the beginning, one of the ways for museum workers to reach younger generations with the story of the uprising was through music. That is why they regularly invited artists to record an album to celebrate the anniversary of the 1944 uprising. The album's premiere always took place a few days before August 1, during a concert in the museum's Freedom Park. This year, the choice fell on Monika Brodka. – Monika has lived in Warsaw for 20 years. She appeared in the city when the Warsaw Uprising Museum began operating. There are no coincidences, there are only signs – joked Ołdakowski.

The vocalist admitted that she had first heard the invitation much earlier. – This proposal came a few years ago, it just didn't work out then. And I'm very glad that we waited with this project until the anniversary. I had a moment to look back at my life in this city and sum up these 20 years, to remember how it changed before my eyes. I based the musical narrative of this album mainly around the city, that's what interested me the most – explained Brodka.

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Conference dedicated to Brodka's album “WAWA”PAP/Marcin Obara

The cream of the crop. “I'm proud”

It is worth noting that the artist has already sung at the Freedom Park once. 10 years ago, the outstanding jazzman Tomasz Stańko invited her and Anna Maria Jopek to collaborate. However, the result of that meeting was only a concert, without a record. This time, Monika Brodka not only sang, she was also the curator, artistic director of the project.

“WAWA” contains 10 songs, both new compositions and covers: Irena Santor, David Bowie and Brygada Kryzys. Brodka invited guests to each song, and they were: Marcin Masecki, Sam Gendel, EABS, Hades, 2K88, Błoto, WaluśKraksaKryzys, The Brutals and Księżyc. – We managed to gather the cream of the crop of Polish and not only Polish alternative. I am proud of this project. It tells with colors and emotions about the uprising, about this city, about the chaos that reigns here. It talks about the fall, love, all of this is included in this album – she said.

She explained that although she had an idea of ​​the album's sound, she gave her collaborators a lot of freedom. The result? – I have to admit that this experiment was a success. Listening to the final material, I couldn't understand how it was possible to create a story with other artists that is so very much mine – she noted.

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From Irena Santor to the Kryzys Brigade

The album begins with the song “Spotkanie z Warszawą” by Irena Santor. For Monika Brodka, it is a story about how her life in the capital began; in the music video, she played the role of the Syrena. – It begins with a bright moment in my life – the meeting with Warsaw, when I get off at the Central Station, I see the Palace of Culture and the opportunities that open up before me. This is a moment of hope and all that is good – she recalled.

The artist revealed that the American saxophonist and producer Sam Gendel, together with the Polish pianist Marcin Masecki, recorded their new version of “Hejnał warszawski”. In turn, “Godzina W” is the work of the jazz band Błoto, who composed a piece based on sirens and car horns. It is followed by “Wojna!”, which is WaluśKraksaKryzys interpreting the Brygada Kryzys classic. – I really wanted a punk accent on this album – added Brodka. Meanwhile, the world of hip-hop is represented by the rapper Hades.

She also spoke about a more tangible history: – The piano that was recorded for the album “WAWA” in Piotr Zabrodzki's studio survived the uprising. It is an incredible specimen and appears in many songs on this album.

The concert premiere of the album will take place on July 26. The broadcast can be watched on TVN24 and TVN24GO.

They colored a hundred photos, that's how the report was created

The programme of celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising is, of course, much richer.

– We celebrate every anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising with great pomp, but of course the 80th anniversary obliges, so there will be even more events. Most importantly, we have invited all insurgents from all over the world. In addition to those who are in Poland, guests from abroad will come to us, those who wanted to – said Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw. In a later conversation with the media, he clarified that about 40 participants of the 1944 uprising will come to Warsaw.

And director Ołdakowski spoke about a point of the program that was particularly important to him. – I would like to draw attention to the album and exhibition that will appear on the fence of the Royal Łazienki. The album consists of one hundred photos, which Chris Niedenthal selected from the 30 thousand that we have and arranged into a report about the Warsaw Uprising. And the Orka company colored them in such a way as to remove this barrier, which young people often say, that black and white photos do not convince them – described the director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum. And he revealed a bit of the “kitchen”.

– Artificial intelligence cannot color well, each color had to be applied manually. It is a bit like painting pictures. Using the knowledge of historians, costume designers, architects, it was necessary to determine what color specific things were 80 years ago – added Ołdakowski.

Conference dedicated to Brodka's album “WAWA”PAP/Marcin Obara

Author:Piotr Bakalarski

Main image source: PAP/Marcin Obara

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