Banda is a world music band that represents Slovak ethnic music in modern guise. The group was a part of WOMEX Selection 2017.
It was founded in 2003 in Bratislava and is comprised of musicians with long-term experience in folk music interpretation, as well as other genres. In creating its world music repertoire, the group is particularly inspired by Slovak traditional music, using creative approaches to its arrangement. Their music springs from authentic roots, however, the musicians also mix in other musical elements (blues, jazz, beat, pop, older musical styles) and the traditional music of other cultures as well (Balkan, Celtic, Slavic). Their lively production is dynamic, varied and interpretationally impressive. They offer original arrangements of mainly Slovak folk songs and melodies (as well as Polish, Spanish, Moravian, Ruthenian, Romanian and even some songs written by the musicians themselves).
The band uses acoustic instruments in the production of their music and its members implement rich vocals respecting traditions and local peculiarities, but also in a brand new, original style.
Banda played at many concerts and festivals not only in Slovakia, but also in Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. The group contributed music for the film Tanec medzi črepinami (Glass Splinters Dance) directed by Marek Ťapák (2012) and also a title song of the TV series called 1890 (2017).
Ľudová hudba Banda: Na Mijave na rínečku (2015)
Samo Smetana – lead vocal, violin, mandolin, bouzouki
Ivan Hanula – vocal, viol, mandolin, bouzouki
Alžbeta Lukáčová – cimbalom, vocal, accordion, percussion
Peter Obuch– double bass, vocal
Ajdži Szabo – percussion
Eva Brunovská – vocal, keyboard
3rd place – Czech Music Crossroads 2015, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Banda jedna (2010) – World Music Charts Europe, No. 8 in 10/2011
HraBanda (2014) – Global Village Top 40 Albums, No. 4 in 2/2015 (show of KMUW), World Music Charts Europe, No. 14 in 1/2015
Song „Nadeja“ – No. 1., July – October 2015, ETHNOCLOUD Top 40 World Chart
Song „Zozuľa“ – No. 1. January – February 2017, ETHNOCLOUD Top 40 World Chart
„Banda are a group of excellent musicians who’ve figured out how to add contemporary elements to age-old tradition without losing the excitement of the former and the integrity of the latter.”
Gerald Seligman – former General Director of WOMEX, the World Music Expo