Out now: Boka de Banjul’s album ‘Lu Jot Yomb’, which means ‘everything has its time’ in Wolof.
The story behind this record is special: its existence is the result of the interweaving of many ideas, people, and cultures, with at the centre of it all Ebou Gaye Mada, griot, who founded the band in its early form back in 1999. Boka de Banjul combines the Gambian Mbalax with music from all over the world like jazz, afrobeat, reggae and more … for lovers of Youssou N’Dour, Ifang Bondi, Mdungu and Dandana (Ebou was a member of the last three bands).
Have a listen on your preferred streaming service, like Spotify
Pitou has revealed the artwork for her upcoming EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’, due for release on May 11th, with a release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on May 13th.
‘Be Delicate’ is the 4th track from the new EP, that was kindly played on BBC Radio 1 by both Hugh Stephens and Phil Taggart. Listen back to Phil’s show here, ‘Be Delicate’ can be heard at about 57:00.
“I love that. It’s so .. so strange isn’t it. I can’t wait to hear the full record. That’s a very brave move as a new musician, releasing something that is completely a capella.”
We can’t wait to share the full EP with you on May 11th. If you can make it to the release show, be sure to get your tickets in advance. You can do that here.
We are beyond excited for the upcoming release of Boka de Banjul’s full 9-track album ‘Lu Jot Yomb’ (‘everything has it’s time’ in Wolof) on Mink Records! We will celebrate during a release show at Rotterdam’s BIRD, on April 12th. Free entrance – come dance!
In 1999 Ebou Gaye Mada, originally from the Gambia, started the group Boka de Banjul from jam sessions with various musicians. Boka Halat means “joined ideas’ in Wolof. The combination of the various band members, their ideas, their musical background and their shared passion for music became the basis of a platform for positive energy.
Now based in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, Boka de Banjul combines the Gambian Mbalax with music from all over the world like jazz, afrobeat, reggae and more. Ebou and his band play with such passion, experience and love for music that the viewer is included in the rhythms and melodies through their infectious performance. Boka de Banjul is: Ebou Gaye Mada (percussion, vocals), Hassan Ait-Moumad (guitar), Frank Jonas (guitar), Merijn v.d. Wijdeven (bass), Emilie Cleuver (percussion) and Greg Smith (drums).
Avocet are releasing their debut EP during a night in their hometown of Glasgow, on May 23rd, at The Poetry Club!
Drawing inspiration from both the psychedelic folk scene alive in Britain during the 1960’s and 70’s, and free form blues, Herbie, Iona and Sam create their own compositions on harp, guitar, double bass and vocals. Their music has been compared to that of artists like like Nick Drake, Pentangle, and John Martyn.
Recently signed to Dutch/Scottish record label Mink Records, they travelled to the Netherlands to record their debut record at the Abbey Road Institute, Amsterdam.
Avocet have performed on BBC Scotland, and at an array of festivals and venues including Celtic Connection and Eden Festival. They were winners of the Danny Kyle Celtic Connections Award in 2017.
The trio released their debut single ‘Causeway’ on January 26th, 2018. The track received critical acclaim from platforms like Folk Radio U.K, and can be found in a number of Spotify playlists.
DJ’s till 02:00
£4 at the door
Pitou’s second EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’ is on its way. We are beyond excited to finally share Pitou’s new material with you, with a celebration in during which Pitou will be joined by her full backing band.
The release show will take place on May 13th, at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam. We highly advise getting tickets in the presale, as they are selling fast. Tickets can be bought here.
We proudly bring to your ears the ethereal track ‘Causeway’ by Scotland-based trio Avocet. Available on all major streaming platforms 🌙
Vocals & harp: Iona Zajac
Guitar: Sam Grassie
Double bass: Herbie Loening
Recorded in Amsterdam at the Abbey Road Institute by Michiel Mutsaerts & Dieter Boels, executive production by Marieke McKenna, mastering by Bart Schatteleijn, artwork by Michiel Mutsaerts
Many thanks to Spotify, Folk Radio UK and Indie & Folk Radio for adding Causeway to some beautiful playlists.
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‘Utilising lush atmospherics, intricate melodic currents and dissonance, Van Rij’s voice stands front and center as a nurturing, seductive, forlorn and longing presence, fluidly veering between these moods on the slightest whim’.
Today we released the first single from Pitou’s upcoming record! The track is called ‘Problems’, the video for which was premiered by The Independent. You can read their article here.
‘Problems’ is available on all streaming platforms, like Spotify. Big thanks to Spotify UK and Spotify NL for including the track in their playlists, including ‘New Music Friday’.
The Independent‘s Roisin O’Connor says:
‘Amsterdam-born artist Pitou has one of the most arresting voices to emerge from this year … she crafts intelligent folk-pop that balances the darkness and light of human emotion’ Complete Music Update say:
‘If she doesn’t find an audience vastly beyond the already growing fanbase she currently commands, everything in the world will have gone terribly wrong’
In 1999 Ebou Gaye Mada started the group Boka Halat de Banjul from jam sessions with various musicians. Boka Halat means “joined ideas’ in Wolof. The combination of the various band members, their ideas, their musical background and their shared passion for music became the basis of a platform for positive energy. Boka Halat de Banjul combines the Gambian Mbalax with music from all over the world like jazz, afrobeat, reggae and more.
Anyone who sees the Boka Halat de Banjul playing gets hit by the infectious energy. Ebou and his band play with such passion, experience and love for music that the viewer is included in the rhythms and melodies through this sparkling performance. It’s a great experience to see so much power, quality and improvisation talent on stage!