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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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Marysia’s Voice

Marysia’s Voice

Defining Home through Song in Poland and Canada

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(p.146) 7. Marysia’s Voice
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Women Singers in Global Contexts
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Louise Wrazen

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.003.0008

This chapter examines the life and career of Marysia Mąka. She spent her childhood and early adulthood in the Podhale region in the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland as a Górale or Highlander, singing with local groups. In 1992, at age twenty-nine, she migrated to Toronto, Canada, where singing enabled her to sustain and renew her sense of personal identity in relation to motherhood and ethnicity. Within a framework of dislocation, local contexts, and a happy marriage and family life, Marysia creates community through her singing and compositions, using her voice to maintain connections to landscape, people, a sense of home, and language.

Keywords:   Marysia Mąka, Polish music, Górale, personal identity, motherhood, ethnicity, family life

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