Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

As we speak we rejoice the 1,000th live performance the Tiny Desk crew has captured and revealed, and I can not think about a extra inspiring spirit to assist us rejoice than Angélique Kidjo. Initially from the West African nation of Benin, the singer and activist performs an important function in spreading the music of Africa and the spirit of affection in all that she does.

Once I began the Tiny Desk collection in April 2008, I by no means imagined its impression. So many artists’ voices have been raised and shared with music followers worldwide by way of these performances. When Angélique was making ready for her Tiny Desk live performance, she thought it might be a good suggestion to observe some previous concert events for inspiration. It is then she noticed Sampa The Nice’s dwelling live performance from Zambia and instantly reached out in hopes of collaborating. Now right here they’re, at NPR, introduced collectively by a collection that has been blessed with a lot expertise and a worldwide viewers with massive ears and open arms.

Angélique Kidjo’s band drives the power and melody as they carry out songs from her 2021 album Mom Nature after which dig again a decade to carry out the tune “Afirika,” encouraging energy for the African folks. The celebration concludes as Angélique Kidjo pays tribute to her pal and mentor Miriam Makeba by performing her 1967 world hit, “Pata Pata.” It was a stunning option to shine a light-weight on how we are able to impression one another’s lives by way of music.


  • “Mom Nature”
  • “Free & Equal” (feat. Sampa The Nice)
  • “Afirika”
  • “Pata Pata”


  • Angélique Kidjo: vocals
  • Sampa The Nice: vocals
  • Cassondra James Kellam: vocals
  • Stephanie Fisher Alvarenga: vocals
  • Dominic James: guitar, vocals
  • Michael Olatuja: bass, vocals 
  • Etienne Stadwijk: keyboard 
  • Edgardo “Yayo” Serka: drums
  • Magatte Sow: percussion


  • Producer/Collection Creator: Bob Boilen 
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin 
  • Director/Editor: Kara Body 
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter 
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar, Alanté Serene
  • Audio Assistant: Natasha Department 
  • Manufacturing Assistants: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco
  • Tiny Desk Group: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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