“Growing up, my grandma in Brazil would always call me ‘Maria, Maria’ – this is a term of affection for someone who is always pushing the edge, so that’s how I came up with the name for the song. The song goes into depth about there being a right time for everything, to just breathe and live in the moment. The lyrics say “There is a time to cry and a time to smile, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The song expresses the beauty in life, how your time is now and to make the most of every moment.”





Bandi grew up on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand, the foothills of Los Angeles, and a small suburb in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shifting forced her to adapt quickly. Her music and lyrics are an expression of living in new cultures, finding who you are within them, and the beautiful heartbreak of finding and losing people who accept you for exactly who you are.  

Vibrant yet eerie, Bandi’s music is an unapologetic, eclectic mix of indie-pop and atmospheric RnB.

After rising to popularity on NZ radio through a feature on the track “Roll It Up” by producer Cymbol, Bandi went on to open for Deadmau5 as he toured through NZ and sped up her work on her debut solo EP set to be released in late 2020. 

Other New Zealand & International musicians she creates with include Rich James and alxandah.






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