Legendary rock singer laid to rest in Warsaw

Olga “Kora” Sipowicz, the leader of popular rock band Maanam was buried on Wednesday at Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Kora: legendary Polish rock star dies at 67

Famous Polish artist and singer Olga “Kora” Jackowska, died on Saturday morning at the age of 67.

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Family and friends of the deceased vocalist, but also journalists, artists, scientists, politicians and crowds of “Kora” fans gathered at the cemetery to pay their respects.

Many people brought flowers, and wore t-shirts with the image of “Kora”. The best-known songs of Maanam were played at the ceremony.

“No man would like to face such a situation. More than 40 years of living together, such a strong binding of bodies, souls, consciousness and views that sometimes we thought that we are one person and we communicated without words,” Kamil Sipowicz, the husband of the late singer said at the ceremony.

“’Kora’ went through hell last month which was terrifying, great, dramatic and tragic at the same time,” he added. “I’ve never seen someone who had such a strong will to live,” Mr Sipowicz said.

The husband of “Kora” also said that their love “was not simple” and their life “was stormy, interesting, sometimes scandalous”. “She was a real person, not only a sweet, lovely, great person but also possessive, harsh … with strong views,” he said.

Polish music legend

Famous Polish artist and singer Olga “Kora” Sipowicz (also known as “Kora” Jackowska), died on July 28 at the age of 67. In 2013 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but she publicly spoke about the illness a year after the diagnosis.

“Kora” was the vocalist and the main songwriter of Maanam, one of the major rock bands to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s in Poland. Kora and Maanam received many major music awards in the country. Many Maanam songs became legendary in Poland, being enjoyed by generations of fans.

In her youth, “Kora” was involved in the hippie movement. She was a strong supporter of the “Solidarity” trade union. In recent times she also called for the legalization of recreational drugs and supported feminist organizations.