10 Things About…Tulia!

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Tulia are the Polish pick for Eurovision 2019. Check out 10 Things About…Tulia!

1. Tulia are a four piece all female group from Szczecin in Poland consisting of Joanna Sinkiewicz, Dominika Siepka, Patrycja Nowicka and Tulia Biczak.

2. They are proud of their Polish heritage and aim to convey the traditional style of Polish folk singing in their musical work while adapting this for a modern pop audience.

3. Everything began in October of 2017, when Depeche Mode published on their official fan page an interesting folk version of one of their biggest hits ‘Enjoy the Silence’. Other covers that Tulia are famous for include a version of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’.

4. The women also perform originally composed songs and their debut album was released on 25 May 2018 and saw the band collaborate with the likes of Obywatel GC, Wilki, O.N.A, Seweryn Krajewski, Stan Borys czy David Podsiadlo.

5. The album includes five singles to date including the debut single and multi-award winning release ‘Jeszcze Cie nie ma’, as well as ‘Nieznajomy’ and ‘Wstajemy już’. The album earned platinum selling status and peaked at number 7 in the Polish album charts.

6. Tulia have toured extensively and have appeared at a number of top festivals throughout Europe in 2018 including Top of The Top Sopot Festival 2018 and the Summer Music Festival 2018, Gdynia.

7. On 6 January 2019, Tulia were the first non-American group to sing the American national anthem during an NBA game. They also performed their song ‘Pali Sie’ at the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic in the legendary Staples Center.

8. Polish broadcaster TVP opened a submission period for interested artists and songwriters to submit their entries from 23 January until 5 February 2019 for the Polish entry for Eurovision 2019. An expert panel reviewed all the submissions and Tulia were announced as Poland’s pick on 15 February 2019. The following month it was announced the band would sing the fifth single off their album (‘Pali Sie’) in Tel Aviv.

9. The music video for the song depicts everyday life in rural Poland and is heavily influenced and inspired by Paul Pawlikowski’s film ‘Cold War’.

10. The music video has also courted some controversy. The sign of the Cross has been edited out of the music video to comply with EBU regulations which prohibits the promotion of any political institutions and symbols’. The removal of the cross caused a wave of widespread indignation and censorship charges including a comment from Polish Television General Director Jacek Kurski who has called on the record company to reinstate the original version of the music video.

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