Acclaimed composer, instrumentalist passes away at 69

Romuald Lipko, a composer, instrumentalist, co-founder of famous Polish band Budka Suflera died on Thursday night at the age of 69.

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“On February 6, after battle with cancer, Romuald Lipko passed away, he was one of the most outstanding composers of Polish popular music of the late 20th century and early 21st century, co-creator of Budka Suflera band, author of many Polish hits,” close relatives of Mr Lipko announced on the website of Budka Suflera.

With Budka Suflera Mr Lipko started as a bassist, but from the 1980s he became a keyboardist. He was the author or co-author of many hits of the band, such as “Jolka, Jolka pamiętasz,”(“Jolka, Jolka, do you remember”) “Takie tango,” (“Such a tango”) “Bal wszystkich świętych,” (“All Saints’ ball”) “Za ostatni grosz” (“For the last penny”) and “Cień wielkiej góry” (“Shadow of great mountain”). He also worked with other Polish popular artists, such as Anna Jantar, Urszula, Zdzisława Sośnicka, Maryla Rodowicz and Izabela Trojanowska. Budka Suflera started its career in 1974. In 2014, members of the band announced the end of its activities. 40 years after the debut, members of the band were honoured with Order of Polonia Restituta Fifth Class, Knight’s Cross, for outstanding merit in the Polish culture.

In 2015, Mr Lipko formed the Romuald Lipko Band. They performed classic songs of Polish popular music.

Budka Suflera returned in 2019, with a new vocalist. The band announced plans for the new album.

In September 2019, Mr Lipko made a statement in which he thanked for support in his fight against cancer. He stressed that desire to return to the stage and kind words helped him in these difficult days.