The MIN Awards ceremony (Spanish Independent Music Awards) was held last night at the Teatro Circo Price hall in Madrid. This time, the Etxepare Award for the Best Album in Basque went to Ruper Ordorika with his latest album Bakarka. The biggest winner of the evening was the Madrid-based band Morgan.
Singer-songwriter Ruper Ordorika chose twelve of the most iconic songs of his 40-year career and recorded them with nothing but guitar and vocals. The result is this award-winning new album Bakarka, which in Basque means Alone. With no other instrumentation, the songs have taken on a new life, a very much awaited gesture that gives the album an intimate feel. Basque singer-songwriter Izaro handed the award to Ordorika at the ceremony. The other bands vying for the award were Izaki Gardenak, Broken Brothers Brass Band, Gatibu, and Revolta Permanent.
The group that swept up the most awards last night was the rock-folk band Morgan, who received five awards: Best Album, Best Rock Album, Best Artist, Best Production and Best Live Performance. In some of these categories, the Morgan was up against other Basque bands such as Belako or Atom Rhumba.
Organized by the Unión Fonográfica Independiente (a non-profit association of independent music companies), the MIN Awards recognize the creation, diversity and artistic quality of independent productions published in Spain. Every year they promote, at the national and international levels, music published by SMEs and self-published works in the music sector.
The Etxepare Basque Institute has been sponsoring the Award for Best Album in Basque since 2014 to draw attention to music created in the Basque language. In previous years the winners have been Berri Txarrak, Jabier Muguruza, Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado and Delorean.
See the winners in all categories here.