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Tiny Desk meets globalFEST 2024 : NPR


In 2021, the Tiny Desk x globalFEST collection was created to advertise worldwide music discovery. For the final three years, artists from across the globe have carried out Tiny Desk (residence) live shows from their respective international locations, however for the primary time this yr, we invited artists to carry out on the Tiny Desk in NPR’s headquarters.

Thandiswa Mazwai is one in all post-apartheid South Africa’s most influential musicians. For almost 30 years, she has championed a type of dance music referred to as Kwaito. The South African style mixes a wide range of rhythms and influences, together with hip-hop, reggae, jazz and home music.

This phenomenal set begins with “Nizalwa Ngobani?”, translated from the Xhosa language to “Have you learnt the place you come from?” It is devoted to the ever-resilient individuals of South Africa. “I wish to say to my individuals at residence, thanks,” she says. “I’m recognized worldwide due to you.” After, she sings a love track, “Ingoma,” with the memorable hook “Ngoma we, ngoma we, ngoma we,” which loosely interprets to “You’re a track that I by no means get uninterested in.”

She dedicates the subsequent track, “Youngsters of the Soil,” to all of the individuals all over the world who discover themselves struggling for freedom. “That is our time to make use of our voices,” she affirms. “That is the time for us to battle for freedom, wherever it’s on the planet.” “Youngsters of the Soil” might be featured on her soon-to-be-released new album, Sankofa. And he or she finishes this set with the highly effective “Abenguni” and the catchy upbeat tune “Lahl’umlenze,” with its resilient hook: “Why does it matter how I dance?”


  • “Nizalwa Ngobani?”
  • “Ingoma”
  • “Youngsters of the Soil”
  • “Abenguni”
  • “Lahl’umlenze”


  • Thandiswa Mazwai: lead vocals
  • Lungile (Lulu) Maduna: drums, vocals 
  • Sunnyboy Mthimunye: guitar
  • Tendai Ali Shoko (Shox): bass
  • Thabang Tabane: percussion
  • Xolani Thabethe: keys, vocals


  • Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Director/Editor: Kara Body
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Elizabeth Gillis
  • Audio Engineer: Becky Brown
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Elle Mannion
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Tiny Desk Staff: Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills
  • Govt Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • globalFEST Staff: Isabel Soffer, Invoice Bragin, Shanta Thake, Zion Jackson, Ian Thake
  • Sequence Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins




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