Last tuesday i had the pleasure of seeing both Banda Magda and Snarky Puppy live at The Roundhouse in London. Magda easily won the crowd over and she had some good reviews:
The arts desk:
“Featuring accordionist and vocalist Magda Giannikou, the evening’s opening set by Banda Magda included the charming “Couche-toi” and the very beautiful “Amour T’es La” (from Family Dinner Volume One), the latter song surely a strong contender for catchiest chorus hook ever.”
Magda Giannikou’s Magda Banda, supplemented by members of Snarky Puppy, set up the evening with a dynamic performance. The Greek-born singer, based in New York, who first collaborated with the band on Family Dinner – Vol 1, is a great communicator. She made the perfect connection with Snarky Puppy’s partisan audience, who hung on every note of her tightly arranged songs, including Amour T’es Là from the aforementioned album, towing samba-tinged percussion, brass and Steely Dan-glossed chord changes alongside her power-packed vocals; and the audience needed no persuading to hum along en masse when she directed, a ritual that is also part and parcel of the main act.