Bassist Jani Hace records Warszawskie Dzieci
1 VIII 1944 Warszawa marks the second collaboration between Laibach and Silence since Volk. Eight years after giving national anthems a thorough makeover, Laibach and Silence returned to reinterpreting anthemic songs.
The EP features adaptations of three famous songs from World War 2: Warszawskie Dzieci (Warsaw Children), Zog Nit Keyn Mol (Never Say) and Mach Dir Nichts Daraus (Do Not Worry). Commissioned by the Polish National Centre for Culture and funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the project commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Warszawskie Dzieci and Zog Nit Keyn Mol were adapted and produced by Silence. The songs were recorded in February and March 2014 at Daily Girl, Silence's home studio. The bass was performed by Jani Hace. Benko appears as guest vocalist on both tracks, performing - for the first time - in Polish and Yiddish.
Warszawskie Dzieci includes verses from Serce w Plecaku (Heart in a Knapsack) by Michał Zieliński, as well as an adaptation of Frédéric Chopin's Raindrop prelude (Chopin's music was the last thing to be broadcast on Polskie Radio before Warsaw fell to the Nazis).
The third track, Mach Dir Nichts Daraus, was adapted, recorded and produced by Luka Jamnik. The EP was mastered by Tom Meyer at Master and Servant, Hamburg.
Warszawskie Dzieci, the most famous song to be written during the Warsaw Uprising, was penned by Andrzej Panufnik and Stanisław Ryszard Dobrowolski.
Zog Nit Keyn Mol, also known as Partizaner Lied (Partisan Song), is the most famous uprising song in Yiddish. The lyrics were written by Hirsch Glick, a Jewish poet and partisan who was imprisoned in the Weiße Wache concentration camp and later transferred to the Vilnius Ghetto. The song was written to the melody of То не тучи - грозовые облака (Those Aren't Clouds but Thunderclouds), a pre-war Soviet song written by Dmitri and Daniel Pokrass.
Mach Dir Nichts Daraus was written by Franz Grothe and Willy Tehmel in 1944. The song was first performed by Marika Rökk, an Austrian-German singer who became famous in German films, notably in the Nazi era.
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