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!
More info coming soon!
The Great Escape Festival has just announced that Pitou will be playing at the festival in Brighton in May – and at the ‘First Fifty’ event in London in November. Read what NME had to say about it here.
The Netherlands has been designated as the Great Escape’s featured country in 2018. Read more about that here.
One of our favourite Dutch music blogs came to interview founder of Mink, Marieke, about the coming into existence of the label and some other stuff. Have a read here (in Dutch).
Sunday 27th of August! Independent Labelmarket at SkateCafe, Amsterdam. Loads of labels, bands, food and drinks. Catch us at the Mink Records stall!
Here are some pictures from our recent recording sessions with Scottish psychedelic blues/folk band Avocet, at the Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. The first single is on its way – stay tuned!
The Hazzah‘s EP is out! You can have a listen to Cold Sand, Not Getting Older, XEX and Wanna on all major streaming platforms, or buy a cassette in our webshop (www.mink-records.com). Big thanks to everyone who came to our release show last Friday, it was sick. Streaming links:
Google Play: http://tiny.cc/XexGooglePlay
Lexicon Bookings and Mink Records team up for a Garage/Surf/Beat showcase of three of our bands! The Mighty Breaks, The Stangs and The Hazzah will be playing at OT301, Amsterdam on the 3rd of May. 21:00 till late, FREE ENTRANCE!
Facebook event: The Mighty Breaks, The Stangs & The Hazzah at OT301
Founder of Mink, Marieke McKenna, did a little interview with 3voor12. It’s in Dutch, sorry!
You can check it out here.
Pitou once again managed to put a spell on everyone listening in to her session at Motel Mozaique Festival. 3VOOR12 recorded it! Check out the full video here.
New release announcement! over the past few months we’ve been collaborating with Dutch/Spanish Jazz formation SWART.
Composer and saxophonist Celia Swart met her four Spanish band members during their time at the Royal Conservatoire, in The Hague. Their music has been described as an interesting fusion between the creativity from the Northern composition school and the contagious, passionate energy from the South.
SWART. has just finished recording in the studio and will be releasing their debut album with us on the 1st of June. So more soon!