Krzysztof Krawczyk was an icon of the Polish music scene who died on April 5th last year. To celebrate the first anniversary of his death, quite a few artists gathered in Stary Klasztor music club in Wrocław to sing his songs and pay homage to his legacy.
Krzysztof Krawczyk was born in a family of musicians – his mother was an opera singer, and his father a baritone in Łódź Musical Theatre. Krzysztof was a vocalist, guitarist and composer, who first debuted in the band Trubadurzy (The Troubadours) in 1963, and later solo (1974). He sang pop and rock with traditional Polish folk elements. He was well-loved by the public in Poland and abroad alike. He toured in many countries including Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Yugoslavia, Jamaica and Cuba, and in 1977 he won a Bulgarian award Golden Orpheus.
Barely 2 years after his solo debut he won three awards at the Sopot Festival: Journalists’ Pick, Audience Pick and the Voice of Coastline Pick. In 1978 he won 1st place at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. He also got many awards for the entirety of his career, like SuperWiktor (2013), The King of Polish Bandstand (2014) and Fryderyk (2021), the most prestigious Polish musical award.
On April 9th, a concert “Parostatek” (The Steamboat, title taken from Krawczyk’s famous song) took place. It started at 8 P.M. in the Stary Klasztor music club in Wrocław. Among the artists are Wojtek Dereń, a laureate of 39 edition of the Stage Songs Review; Michał Bober, a “The Voice of Poland” contestant, Anna Szul – main vocalist of Chillove and the founder of Dźwiękodzieło Singing School, Damian Szewczyk – vocalist and bassist, a former member of Birma, and Nikola Warda, a vocalist who participated in Polish Got Talent and Szansa na Sukces (A Chance for Success). The music was provided by a group directed by Marek Popow.
The artists sung the most famous songs of Krzysztof Krawczyk, including: “Pamiętam ciebie z tamtych lat” (“I Remember you from Those Days”), “Byle było tak” (Should Be Like This), “Parostatek”, “Mój przyjacielu” (“Dear My Friend”) and others.