The several times prize-winning group DIKANDA from Szczecin plays Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish music, rich in tempo and with pop-music sounds.
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The group was founded in 1997 in Szczecin, Poland. Passion for the traditional music and hard work let them create their own style and original sound. Their acoustic songs have been inspired wholly by Oriental culture, Balkan folklore – Macedonian and Romanian. Typical Dikanda’s style is creation of new words and meanings in composed songs. Dikanda in one of the African’s dialects stands for family. This is directly connected with the group’s spirit – they live and work as if it was a small, loving family.
So far they have played hundreds of concerts, played on many significant European festivals. They were given numerous prizes, including:
- I Prize at the Festival „Nowa tradycja” in 1999
- I Prize at the Festival „Eurofolk” in 1999
- III place at the Folk Phonogram of the Year for the record „Jakhana Jakhana” in 2002
- I Prize at the Folkherbstfestival, the “Eiserner Eversteiner” – the only European Folkprice in Germany, Plauen 2004
- “CD of the year” from the German Folkmagazin “Folker!” in 2005
They have played in India, Greece, and Russia and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. They achieved their popularity and great sympathy folk audience in many western-European countries (particularly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy).
“The concert on Fusion was not only the best concert I ever saw, but also one of the best music experiences of any kind I ever had. I’m completely blown away; it feels silly even to talk about it. I so hope we can make this concert into a tradition on every Fusion.“ Wired Earp
Ania Witczak – vocal, accordion
Kasia Dziubak- violin, vocal
Daniel Kaczmarczyk – percussion
Piotr Rejdak – guitar
Grzegorz Kolbrecki – double bass