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About:

Wojciech Waglewski (born 21 April 1953)
Mateusz Pospieszalski (born 6 October 1965)
Jan Pospieszalski (born 29 Januari 1955)

The first project where Waglewski’s name popped up was in the Osjan project commenced by Anawa band members Jacek Ostaszewski and Marek Jackowski. The idea behind the project was to incorporate exotic rhythms and instruments into Polish music. Waglewski was one of the many musicians that joined this on/off musical project. The experience would be invaluable for his later work. First he joined ‘I ching’ in 1983. The folk rock project featured amongst others Martyna Jakubowicz, Zbigniew Hołdys (composer of most of the material) and Wojciech Waglewski who sang on two tracks. In 1984 the initiative moved on in the ‘Moravian Waglewski Nowicki Hołdys’ that recorded only one album called ‘Pigs’ before some of the band members moved on into VooVoo, a band founded mid-1985 in Warsaw. VooVoo debuted at the Festival of rock in Jarocin. A year and later presented their first album simply called ‘Voo Voo’. Afterwards the band went through some changes but at the end of 1986 the core line-up consisting of the Pospieszalski brothers and Andrew Ryszka stood on the stage of the Warsaw Repair club. The gig was released as a live album before the group hit the studio again for a new album called ‘Sno-powiązałka’. The concept album build around gift-card images shows a much more gentler side to the band. ‘Male Wuwu’ of 1988 was completely the opposite. Being a very innovative album made for and with children that were given serious lyrics including elements of rap and folk music of different cultures - especially African and Asian. Oddly this album became one of the best selling in their catalogue.

The band continued further on their experimental path recording several projects and also expanding to the territory of soundtracks of which ‘Zaćmienie Piątego Słońca’ (fifth eclipse from the sun) about the Mayan prophesy about the end of the world was the best received. In 1993 their interest in African music became the basis for a project consisting of three studio albums (Lobi Jabi, Zapłacono and Rapatapa-it-ja) and live jams. In 1995 Waglewski is awarded with a Fryderyk as best songwriter. The 1998 album ‘Oov Oov’ was for that matter a return to the modern music creating a combination of rock, free jazz, techno and urban music. Almost steady guest vocalist Katarzyna Nosowska (from the band Hey) joins in on some of the tracks. After heavy touring including a radioconcert for Polish radio (documented on their 99 live album) they commence in 2001 on a project incorporating music with surrealistic poetry and stories (Kokoryny). The album ‘Płyta z muzyką’, recorded in a historic granary in Janowiec, was a bit too much for the regular music lover. A retry the next year hits the same fate. No wonder the band returns in 2003 with an album called ‘with women’ or ‘z kobietami’. The women involved were singers Urszulla and Anna Maria Jopek. In 2005 they also help out their old pall Martyna Jakubowicz with her Dylan-tribute album.

In 2007 another joined project is picked up, this time with folk group Trebunie-Tutki. The concept is build around the thoughts of priest and philosopher Jozef Tischner. Poems from another priest, Father Jan Twardowski, were molded into the Małe Wu Wu children’s concept a year later. In 2009 a joined album with Ukrainian rockband Haydamaky was released. In 2011 drummer Peter "Feet" Żyżelewicza dies. He his replaced by Michael Bryndal with recordings for the slightly melancholic 'Nowa Płyta' starts. Their 25th album.

On the web:

- VooVoo's official website: http://www.voovoo.pl/

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What do we think:

DB: Once you know them VooVoo is everywhere in Polish pop and rock. From accompanying well known artists to writing for others or collaborating with them. They must be one of the hardest working collectives in Eastern Europe. No easy listening though, VooVoo creates their own rules which consist of elements of jazz, rock, hiphop, techno...well actually anything that falls into the category music. If wild creative musical experiments isn't your thing listen first before you buy an album. It's virtually impossible to recommend an album, you'll love 'm or hate 'm. Artistically on a solemn height in Polish rock.

PR: Fantastic band, very interesting music, both technically and artistically. At times, their music can get a bit high brow - it sometimes reminds me of Robert Fripp - but the quality is always there. I consider their first album as one of the best Polish rock albums ever made - and mind you, this was made before the iron curtain fell. Impressive!

Albums:

♪♪♪♪♪ - Voo Voo - 1986

♪♪♪♪ - Sno-powiązałka - 1987

♪♪♪ - Małe Wu Wu - 1988

♪♪♪♪ - Oov Oov - 1998

♪♪♪♪ - Wszyscy muzycy to wojownicy - 2010

♪♪♪ - Nowa Płyta - 2012

♪♪♪ - Plackowka 44 - 2015

Futher listening:

Studio albums: Z środy na czwartek (1989); Muzyka do filmu Seszele (1990); Zespół gitar elektrycznych (1991); Tam tam i tu (1991); Mimozaika (1991); Zaćmienie Piątego Słońca (1992); Łobi jabi (1993); Zapłacono (1994); Rapatapa-to-ja (1995); Flota zjednoczonych sił (1997); Kalejdoskop (1999); Płyta z muzyką (2001); Płyta (2002); Voo Voo z kobietami (2003); XX Cz.1 (2005); 21 (2006); Tischner (2007); Małe Wu Wu śpiewa wiersze ks. Jan Twardowski (2007); Samo Voo Voo (2008); Voo Voo i Haydamaky (2009), Dobry Wieczór (2014)

Live albums: Koncert (1987); Koncert w Łodzi (1994); Koncert w Trójce (1999); Muzyka ze słowami (2002); Trójdźwięki (2004); Koncert w Janowcu (2006); Trójka Live! (2007)

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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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