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7 February 1960

Urszula Kasprzak was born in Lublin. As a child she learned to play the piano and accordion and attended classes at the Lublin School Song. In 1977 he participated as an amateur to qualify for the Soviet Song Festival in Zielona Gora. The song ‘Kopciuszek’ received the Golden Samovar. A year later (1978) she entered the festival of Opole with her song ‘Umieć żyć’, which went unnoticed. The same year she stops a singing career for a study at the University in Lublin. Somehow she was not forgotten and was invited to perform as backing vocalist at the Opole festival of 1980. At the same time, Urszula recorded six songs with Richard Kniatem (later the leader of Klincz) for a debut EP. But the turn for her career came in 1981. Romuald Lipko (leader of rockband Budka Suflera), at the instigation of George Janiszewski, has agreed to compose some songs for Ursula. Recorded in 1982 at the Poznan Polish Radio were songs like ‘Fatamorgana '82’, ‘Bogowie i demony’ and ‘Luz blues w niebie same dziury’. The single ‘Fatamorgana '82' was performed at the TV-show ‘Zapraszamy do Trójki’which launched it into the charts. Other singles also quickly conquered the national charts. In 1983 her debut album was released. The cooperation with Budka Suflera, also live, led to assumptions that her debut was actually a new album by the then very popular band. Urszula did everything in her power to turn that rumour by always introducing her as ‘Urszula i Budka Suflera’.

Later that year Urszula performed at the Baltic Festival in Karlshamn (Sweden) and the Intertalent'83 Festival in Prague (Czech Republic). In 1984, Urszula presented a new style, which was more based on synths, with the single ‘Malinowy król’. Although different then her debut the song also became a megahit. In 1985, with a long delay, a second album was released. At the same time lead singer made her debut on the silver screen. She played herself in the film by Ryszarda Rydzewskiego ‘Alabama’, where she performed some songs. At the end of the year Urszula was more acting performing in the musical ‘Catherine Gaertner’, the Romana Załuskiego’s film ‘Och, Karol’ (for which she also sang the title song) and the TV-detective ‘Na kłopoty Bednarski’.

A new album was released in 1987 with the simple title ‘Urszula 3’. This took her on a tour of the USA. In that year she also gave birth to her son Piotr (from her husband Stanisław Zybowski). In 1988, Ursula returned from the USA and released a new album partly produced and written by Lipko and partly Stanislaw Zybowski. For this album she wrote her own lyrics for the first time.  The album did not sell very well. Quickly the record company released a ‘best of’ (one of many to come) to make up for lost sales. In 1989 she participated in the Festival of Sopot with a more fierce rock image and single ‘Rysy na szkle’ accompanied by the band Jumbo (with her husband). This was later followed by an album. Until 1994 she travelled of and on from the USA and back (also as guest singer with a Budka Suflera tour). In 1996 she finally returned to the charts with the song ‘Na sen’ which turned to be her biggest hit to date. This pushed the sales of her comeback album ‘Biała droga’. In 1997 Urszula recorded a duet with Kayah called ‘Uwierz, to nie ja’ for the compilation "Playboy Play" enclosed in the magazine Playboy.  Two more albums followed without being very successful. In 2001 her husband Zybowski died of a stroke. The couple was just in the process of celebrating two decades of work with a compilation. On the added track ‘To, co było raz’ (What once was) Urszula wrote down her grief. The album was certified gold, reaching sales of over 35.000 units. The incident took Urszula to withdraw from public life. She occasionally appeared in public but no new music was released (set aside a guest appearance here or Bob Marley cover of "Could You Be Loved" there). In 2003 she makes a brief return on persuasion of her second son Szymon who links her to Tomasz Kujawskim for some live shows. In 2005 a single dedicated to her deceased husband (‘Dziś już wiem’) hints towards a new album but it would take until 2010 before a second single  ‘Każdy z nas ma’ and a new album is released. In between (2008) she joins the band Czarno-Czarni on their single ‘Pierwszy wiersz’.

On the web:

- Urszula's official website: http://www.urszula.art.pl/

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What do we think:

DB: Urszula has so many compilations being released on her name (or on which she appears) that you would almost forget that she has ten genuine albums in her catalogue. Try to seek them out individually since musical style and feel differ with each album. Although Urszula has a hang towards rockmusic she also did synth-pop and balladry.

PR: Urszula is one of the first and most succesful Polish rock chicks. She started her career in the beginning of the eighties before the wall came down. She maintained her position in the music scene after the fall of the wall. She is an example of tyupical female Polish 'rock 'n pop'. Very agreable, guitar driven tunes with Urszula's typical icy, nordic voice. 'Supernova' is a great record to get introduced to Urszula. Her 2010 album 'Dziś już wiem' is great as well, but more softrock and not entirely representative for her other albums.

Albums:

♪♪♪♪ - Urszula - 1983

♪♪♪ - Malinowy król - 1985

- Urszula 3 1987

- Czwarty raz - 1988

- Urszula & Jumbo - 1992

♪♪♪ - Biała droga - 1996

- Urszula akustycznie - 1996

♪♪♪ - Supernova - 1998

♪♪ - Udar - 2001

♪♪♪♪ - Dziś już wiem - 2010

♪♪♪♪- Eony snu - 2013


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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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