debriefing, the music video
DEBRIEFING THE RELEASE PARTY
DEBRIEFING, the Release Party, was a private event held on Saturday, June 4 in Washington, D.C. The party included a private listening or pre-released tracks and the premiere of DEBRIEFING, the Music Video. More footage of the event will be shared soon.
DEBRIEFING THE story
DEBRIEFING, Ya Minko's first full album, takes listeners on a decade-long, multi-continent journey of discovery, self-actualization, and perseverance.
Reflective of Ya Minko's roots in the former French colony of Gabon, DEBRIEFING--a collaboration built exclusively with artists from the African continent and diaspora--combines French and English to create a bilingual, genre-bending project.
DEBRIEFING tells stories of love and lust, loyalty, exhaustion, contemplation, and hope through the eyes of someone striving for a goal while developing into themself. Many moments of DEBRIEFING also highlight the story of leaving one's home behind to chase dreams in another, knowing that you can not afford to lose.
Ya Minko held listening sessions with fans weekly over three months, as part of his mission to root music in community conversation.
DEBRIEFING was released on the 30th of June 2022
DEBRIEFING THE LISTENING SESSIONS
Ya Minko held listening sessions with select fans weekly from February through May. These sessions support Ya Minko's mission that music should always be rooted in community, and provided a space for his fans to discuss themes of his work and get a glimpse of his artistic process. Each session provided valuable feedback that was incorporated into the final album.
DEBRIEFING THE ARTIST
Music artist, compassion advocate, immigrant
An immigrant born and raised in the French-speaking former colony of Gabon, Ya Minko has spend the last ten years writing, producing, and mixing music in Washington, D.C. His style, heavily influenced by hip-hop and Afropop, melds many styles and genres that he was exposed to along this journey. Ya Minko believes in music as a healing community outlet, and his art focuses on the interconnectedness of our experiences.