16.02.2016 -

Polish jazz singer Urszula Dudziak named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Polish jazz singer Urszula Dudziak as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at the Headquarters of the Organization on 19 February (6.30). Ms Dudziak and her musicians will give a concert following the ceremony.

Urszula Dudziak’s nomination comes in recognition of her “work with music to raise public awareness of the importance of education and for her commitment to advancing the empowerment of women, cultural diversity and art education.”

Urszula Dudziak began her career in the 1960s with the jazz group of composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda. She gained world renowned with songs she recorded with the Polish Radio Orchestra.

In 1973, Ms Dudziak began performing as a soloist in the United States singing with the Michal Urbaniak Orchestra. Seen as the harbinger of a new style, which combined singing and electronic music, Dudziak had a succession of hits and worked with a great many artists including Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller and Sting.

Papaya, the song she composed with Michal Urbaniak in 1976, gained popularity thanks to the US TV programme Good Morning America and became a huge hit.

As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Urszula Dudziak will lend her support to the Organization’s activities in favour of youth education in Kenya and Tanzania, where she will also promote UNESCO’s activities for the empowerment of women and the promotion of cultural diversity.

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities to raise public awareness regarding key development issues and to inform the public of the Organization's action is in these fields.


Journalistes wishing to cover the ceremony are invited to contact UNESCO’s Media Services for accreditation: Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci(at)unesco.org


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