Polish pop band invited to conquer Chinese market

Wed Aug 4, 2010 9:43am EDT
 
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WARSAW (Reuters Life!) - A Polish pop band best known for catchy but kitsch songs from the 1990s with titles such as "The panties with little spots" looks set to crack the giant Chinese market.

After performing just two concerts in Hong Kong, Bayer Full was contacted by a Chinese agent offering to record Chinese language versions of their songs, its vocalist told Reuters.

"I received an email from a Chinese music agent last year, but thought it was a joke so I ignored it," Slawomir Swierzynski told Reuters. "But the Chinese were stubborn and came to us, saying our songs were very popular (in Chinese discotheques)."

The group, which will perform in China under the name Bay-Fu, plans to release 67 million compact discs there, or more than four times the total number of records it has sold in Poland in the past 26 years.

"You need this kind of number just to have a presence on the Chinese market," Swierzynski said.

The group's best-known song "All Poles are one family" will be renamed "Poles and Chinese are friends" for Chinese fans.

(Reporting by Dagmara Leszkowicz, editing by Paul Casciato)