“An artist who fires on all artistic cylinders”
-Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR
“Banda Magda makes music for a new generation.”
-The Oberlin Review
“The music is as French as a summer kir royale on the Côte d’Azur or as bossa nova as a day at Copacabana.”
-Tom Schnabel, PRI’s The World
“The musicianship on the album is of the highest order.”
-Raul da Gama, World Music Report
“Amour, T’es Là?” feels like a dream.”
-Chuck Cambell, Knoxville News
"With this record Magda managed to make old sound new, new sound old and make the French language an instrument of its own."
-Fab Dupont, Music Engineer/Producer (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bebel Gilberto, Sofia Rei)
“My favorite band in the whole world. Music and pure joy.”
-Michael League, owner of groundUP records, bassist (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin, Patti Austin, Robert Glasper)
“Some of the greatest cotton candy music with substance to come this way in quite some time. The genre splicing keeps it more than fresh as it sounds like you are at a French samba party on the Ivory Coast, all bottomed by a beat that can't be beat. You actually feel like you're listening to music in color. Well done.”
“It won’t be long before this rising star is selling out arenas…”
-Good Times Weekly
• Amour, t’es là? was featured on NPR and PRI's GLOBAL HIT.
• On August 8th, 2013 it appeared at #9 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
• On August 30th, 2013 the official music video of the track "Ce Soir" was premiered at NPR's All Songs Considered
• On December 17th, 2013 it made NPR's TOP 10 World Music albums.
• Magda Giannikou's songs Amour, t’es là? and Ase Na Bo were part of the GRAMMY Award Winning Album "Snarky Puppy Family Dinner, Volume 1" .
• Banda Magda is currently in pre-production of their 3rd album/film“TIGRE” which is being crowd-funded via PledgeMusic and released in September 2017.
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album "Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" to be released in 2017.