Every month, Kafkadesk explores Central Europe’s rich folk and pop cultures to present some of the region’s most popular tunes and beats… that you might never have heard of. This month, we go back to Poland and the 1970s with the smash hit of Maryla Rodowicz, Małgośka.
If you live in Poland and don’t know who Maryla Rodowicz is, then you probably live under a rock, or have never watched The Voice of Poland… or Eurovision. Pretty much the would-be love child of Bob Dylan and Brigitte Bardot, she gained popularity in 1973 with the song “Małgośka”, with lyrics written by prominent Polish songwriter and poet Agnieszka Osiecka.
Nearly five decades later and having sold more than 10 million records in the USSR alone, her body of work comprises over 600 recorded songs, with more than 20 Polish albums as well as others in English, Czech, German and Russian.
After 1989, Maryla Rodowicz tried a shift towards pop music, but her fans remain dearly attached to her old repertoire influenced by Elvis Presley and The Beatles, reminiscent of a time gone by.
“I decided that I will never die,” she says. Well we certainly hope she won’t. So without further ado…
Don’t forget to also check out last month’s KafkaTune: Bažant na víne, by Miroslav Žbirka