Freddie Gibbs And Madlib

Freddie Gibbs performs during a Tiny Desk concert, on Sept. 26, 2019. (Mhari Shaw/NPR) Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Freddie Gibbs And Madlib

The enigmatic and reclusive producer Madlib joins hard-hitting emcee Freddie Gibbs for one of the most memorable Tiny Desks of the year.

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Black Uhuru

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Black Uhuru

The influential reggae group, whose name means "black freedom," brought songs of solidarity and love to the Tiny Desk.

Black Uhuru

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Mereba

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Mereba

A nomadic storyteller with a cross-genre style ranging from folk to rap, Mereba slays the devil in her solo set behind the Desk.

Mereba

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Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen

The singer brought a sparkling, pop-disco vibe and a lot of swagger to the sun-filled Tiny Desk.

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Igor Levit

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Igor Levit

The insightful pianist offers a Beethoven bonanza, ranging from the mesmerizing pulse of the popular "Moonlight" Sonata to flashes of wry humor and tender beauty.

Igor Levit

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Snarky Puppy

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Snarky Puppy

The jazz, funk and gospel improv group brought jams and joy to the Tiny Desk.

Snarky Puppy

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Burna Boy

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Burna Boy

The Nigerian singer and songwriter is one of the biggest African artists in the world and a pioneer of Afro-fusion, an inescapable sound this year.

Burna Boy

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KOKOKO!

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KOKOKO!

KOKOKO! are sonic warriors. They seized control of the Tiny Desk, shouting their arrival through a megaphone, while electronic sirens begin to blare.

KOKOKO!

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Sunny War

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Sunny War

Sunny War has been homeless, busked on city streets and Venice Beach, left home feeling she was a burden to her mother, battled addiction and still found a way to bring joy to others thru her music.

Sunny War

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Dave

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Dave

The British rapper made a trip all the way from the UK just for this Tiny Desk performance and powered through a set that made the personal political.

Dave

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BJ The Chicago Kid

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BJ The Chicago Kid

The 34-year old R&B mainstay used his moment at the desk to fit in as many of his most cherished songs as possible — Nine songs in 17 minutes to be exact.

BJ The Chicago Kid

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Rio Mira

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Rio Mira

Rio Mira's music celebrates life along the river that separates Ecuador and Colombia: soft breezes, loving friends, the embrace of Africa and lots of festejando!

Rio Mira

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Chai

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Chai

The group from Japan is on a mission to expand the conventional meaning of "cute." Their performance included synchronized dancing, pom-poms and matching pink uniforms, with a heavy, angular sound.

Chai

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Jovino Santos Neto Trio

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Jovino Santos Neto Trio

Along with his trio, the pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer cast a spell over the NPR Music offices in this joyful turn behind the Tiny Desk.

Jovino Santos Neto Trio

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Summer Walker

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Summer Walker

One week after releasing a record-shattering studio debut, the Atlanta native brings a glowing R&B set to the Tiny Desk.

Summer Walker

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Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift

As she settled in for this stripped-down set, Taylor Swift looked out over the office. "I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them."

Taylor Swift

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Brittany Howard

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Brittany Howard

The Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist brought an eight-piece backing band to the Tiny Desk for a set of deeply personal and affecting songs.

Brittany Howard

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Charly Bliss

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Charly Bliss

The vibrancy of the band can feel childlike and candy-coated. But the group's songs are more about the pain of entering adulthood and leaving some of that sweetness behind.

Charly Bliss

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Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon Van Etten

Nearly a decade after her first appearance at the Tiny Desk, Sharon Van Etten returns with a full band and a bigger, bolder sound.

Sharon Van Etten

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Molly Sarlé

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Molly Sarlé

After performing at the Tiny Desk as one third of the group Mountain Man, Molly Sarlé returns for a soul-stirring solo performance.

Molly Sarlé

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Jonas Brothers

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Jonas Brothers

The brothers and their backing band gave a playful performance of three tracks from their latest album, Happiness Begins.

Jonas Brothers

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Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell

Josh Ritter (center) performs with Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell at a Tiny Desk Concert on Aug. 27, 2019. (Emily Bogle/NPR) Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell

In his second visit to the Tiny Desk, Josh Ritter had America on his mind. "We all have to fight against this notion that we're not all human beings."

Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell

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Ari Lennox

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Ari Lennox

The R&B singer performed songs from her debut full-length, Shea Butter Baby.

Ari Lennox

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Y La Bamba

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Y La Bamba

Y La Bamba returns for its second Tiny Desk performance with a revised musical vision.

Y La Bamba

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