Kapela Diabubu boldly and stubbornly follow the path once paved by bands from Łowicz and Rawa regions.
The band consists of:
- Bartosz Puliński – Polish three row accordion,
- Jakub Stefanowicz – violin,
- Jakub Korona – baraban, frame drum.
They perform very old tunes – mazurkas, obereks, kujawiak, kujon, polkas, tangos and foxtrots, including Jewish tunes in a way that leaves no doubt that this music is live, current, present here and now and effortlessly fills contemporary bodies and souls with dance energy. At the same time, as befits this region of Poland – it’s a little restrained. The band members feel more like advocates of the music, rather than its performers: “ We really love this music, it’s very substantial and at the same time, its form is very minimalist; in short we could say it’s elegant”.
The musicians combine youthful vigour with a fairly extensive performing experience. Bartosz Puliński and Jakub Stefanowicz are neighbours who have tried to perform together since childhood. The first album with authentic, roots village music – Czas Harmonii – fell into their hands and caught their ears when they were still at school. Fascination quickly transformed into action and they set out on the first expedition in search of musicians.
The skills they gained in the field were immediately verified when they played dance music in the town, especially during an event called Pograjka Łódzka. At one of the dance parties, they met and performed with the drummer Jakub Korona – and this is how Diabubu was established. They have performed together ever since and they have already managed to make an impression on enthusiasts of mazurkas, obereks and kujawiaks, for instance at “Song of Our Roots” Festival in Jarosław, Mazurkas of the World Festival in Warsaw and the Embassy of Traditional Music (an initiative of the Warsaw-based Dom Tańca), at Skamba Skamba Kankliai in Vilnus or in Piwnica pod Baranami in Cracow. DiaBuBu’s most important sources of inspiration and repertoire continue to be lessons given by village masters, such as the accordionists Sławomir Czekalski, Czesław Kocemba and the violinist Jan Szymański from Łowicz region or brothers Rochal: Wiesław – accordionist and Janusz – violinist, clarinettist and drummer from Rawa region. The band also draw their material from archival music, recorded in the houses of Łowicz and Rawa musicians in the years 1985-2000 by Andrzej Bieńkowski. They also draw from the archives of the Museum of Ethnography in Łódź, Polish Radio album releases, the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences and materials found on the Internet.
- 2014 – 1st place and audience award in the contest Old Tradition organized at the festival Mazurkas of the World.
- 2014 – Baszta award for “reconstructed folk music” at 48th Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz Dolny.
- 2016 – 1st place for Authentic Band in the contest “Od Kujawiaka do Oberka” (Eng. From Kujkawiak to Oberek) in Sieradz