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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.

Kokoko! performs during a Tiny Desk concert, on Oct. 1, 2019. (Mhari Shaw/NPR) Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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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.

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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.

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Leslie Odom Jr.

The Tony- and Grammy-winning singer, actor, author and Hamilton star performs three songs from Mr, his genre-bending new solo album.

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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.

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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.

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Jacob Collier's 5 Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts

The multi-talented wunderkind (and previous Tiny Desk Concert performer) is a longtime fan of the series — here, he shares his wide-ranging favorites.

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Tiny Desk Trick Or Treat: Our 5 Favorite Concerts In Costume

There's dressing up, and then there's dressing up. Just in time for Halloween, watch five costume-intensive Tiny Desk concerts — starting with Neko Case in a gorilla suit, of course.

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How To Watch It Live

NPR's Tiny Desk Fest takes place Oct. 28-31. Here's how to watch each of the four Tiny Desk concerts live.

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Sheryl Crow, Live At The Tiny Desk

Tuesday night's guest star just wants to have some fun behind the Tiny Desk. She'll revisit her classics and perform new songs from her album Threads.

Megan Thee Stallion performs at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest on October 28, 2019. Laura Beltrán Villamizar/NPR hide caption

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Megan Thee Stallion, Live At The Tiny Desk

The secret's out! One of 2019's brightest new stars peformed a live show at the Tiny Desk.

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Wale, Live At The Tiny Desk

The chart-topping Washington, D.C., rapper brings his songs to life at the Tiny Desk with the help of a six-piece go-go band.

Raphael Saadiq with Lucky Daye performs during Tiny Desk Fest, on Oct. 31, 2019. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Raphael Saadiq, Live At The Tiny Desk

What a way to wrap up Tiny Desk Fest. Raphael Saadiq, one of the most respected voices in soul music, performs a live concert with rising R&B star Lucky Daye.

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Watch Brandi Carlile's Star-Studded Video Tribute To Joni Mitchell

Carlile's tribute concert established a new approach to canonizing Mitchell's work. And in a video produced for the concert, musicians and friends share their favorite lyrics by Mitchell.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Nuevofest 2019: The Smooth Grooves Of Los Rivera Destino

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The band, whose members have collaborated with Bad Bunny, was one of the many musical highlights of Nuevofest.

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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.