Video: Watch Michael Kiwanuka Play A Tiny Desk From Home The 2020 Mercury Prize winner performs five songs in a London flat for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.
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Michael Kiwanuka: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


Enter the unassuming and innately talented Michael Kiwanuka from a "rainy London" flat that's dimly lit with a vintage feel. The Mercury Prize-winning musician evokes an all-encompassing softness in spirit as he leads viewers into the "Light," the first of five songs in his Tiny Desk (home) concert. The warm texture of his voice and tenderness of his soul belie the depth of his songwriting, which ranges from sociopolitical works to songs revealing the inner chambers of self-exploration. Featuring material from both Love & Hate and his more recent award-winning Kiwanuka, this is an absolutely stunning performance.

SET LIST

  • "Light"
  • "Hard To Say Goodbye"
  • "Hero"
  • "Cold Little Heart"
  • "Solid Ground"

MUSICIANS

  • Michael Kiwanuka: vocals, guitar, keys

CREDITS

  • Video: Eoin McLoughlin
  • Audio: St. Francis Hotel

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Abby O'Neill
  • Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann