Izrael is a Polish reggae band formed in 1983 by two popular musicians from the Polish underground, Tobert Brylewski (formerly part of
Brygada Krzys) and Pawel Kelner (formerly from the group Deuter). Brylewski explained that the creation of Izrael was a direct result of the
dissolution of the band Brygada Kryzys, being left with only three musicians and an unfavorable future.
The new band made its first appearance on April 25, 1983 at the "Hybrydy" student club in Warsaw, where the band had spent their time
rehearsing. They recorded Idą ludzie Babilonu which was produced later that year and quickly climbed the charts. They also played numerous
concerts such as at the Festival in Jarocin, and a series of concerts called God's Music in Babylon. They also collaborated with the group
Misty in Roots when they came to Poland. In May 1983, they produced their first album,, Biada, biada biada. Although it was released, it was
not distributed to stores until months later..
In 1986 Kelner left the group and was replaced by Darek "Maleo" Malejonek (formerly from the band Kultura), and with whom Izrael recorded
their second album, Nabij faję. It was agreed among the band members that Izrael would welcome any musician that wanted to play with them
and contribute their creativity. Among the new recruits were several jazzman, an unusual addition for a reggae band. Altogether, Izrael had
about 100 musicians collaborate at one time or another.
Their third album, Duchowa Rewolucja, was recorded in 1987, Two years later, Izrael became an establshed band and went on tour to then-
communist Czechoslovakia. A short time later, Wlodzimierz Kiniorski joined them, playing several instruments including the sax and flute.
In 1990, the band accepted an invitation from Marcin Miller to tour England, and played several concerts. They also recorded an LP there, in
1991, at Ariwa studeio (owned by Mad Professor). The LP was rated as one of the best albums in the history of Polish music.
Upon their return to Poland, Izrael performed at numerous concerts to cheering fans. In 1994, the concert album Live 93 was released,
featuring songs recorded live in Kraków and Białystok. Izrael was at the height of its popularity, and already planning another LP. But In 1995,
the band was suddenly disbanded. According to Brylewski, "the band's" history was fulfilled" since it was not created to sell records and make
money. However, in 1997 Brylewski released the album in Dub - that is a dubbed mix of the band's best songs. In 2006, the band performed
again, temporarily calling themselves Magnetosfera. They performed a few concerts, until 2007 when Izrael re-emerged and resumed
production of a new album.
Robert Brylewski (vocals, Guitar)
Vivian Brylewska (Vocals)
Darek "Maleo" Malejonek (Vocals, Guitar)
Piotr "Stopa" Żyżelewicz (drums)
Alik Dziki (Bass)
Wlodzimierz Kiniorski (Saxophone, Flute)
Biada, biada biada (1984)
Nabij Faje (1985)
Duchowa Rewolucja (1987) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r4bmZoPV4w&feature=related
Live 93 (1994)
In dub (1997)
Dża Ludzie (2008)
Some more songs:
Na Co Czekasz
rastaman nie kłamie
Idą Ludzie Babilonu
source: Wikipedia and You Tube