Slovak ensemble BANDA was selected to be part of the special WOMEX 2017  feature – Kato Connections.

Nine artists will perform as part of this programme, representing three areas of Katowice connections: three artists representing Poland; three artists representing Poland’s neighbours of Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia; and three representing international cities of music of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network: Salvador, Ghent and Katowice itself.

For further information click HERE.


Thursday 26 Oct 2017

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Slovak Booth No. 146

Banda’s performance received a good responds and the audience enjoyed the music from the deep pool of Slovak traditional music. With dexterous use of an assimilated acoustic line-up of dulcimer, viola, violin, contrabass, helicon accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, drum set and some rich and rousing vocals, they create serious fusions with deceptively playful ease: Moravian mountain dance tunes reel over a reggae rhythm; an organic hip-folk groove softly drives a plaintive Ukrainian ballad.

Banda at WOMEX 2017:

Samuel Smetana – violin, mandolin, bouzouki, tambourine, vocals
Alžbeta Lukáčová – dulcimer, accordion, percussion, vocals
Ivan Hanula – viola, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals
Peter Obuch – bass, vocals
Ajgi – drums, percussion, vocals
Eva Brunovská – vocals, keyboard