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Yebba: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Yebba performs a 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.


As the camera slowly rises to the room, we see Yebba in the center of a circle, complete with band members, background singers and a string quartet. The room is part of Electric Lady Studios, where her debut album, Dawn, was recorded. The album bears the name of Yebba’s mother, whom she tragically lost in 2016, and its songs find the Memphis native delving inward to process it all.

The singer is a bit of a live wire, rarely giving the same performance twice, and that’s on display during most of this Tiny Desk (home) concert. The songs differ slightly or not so little compared to the studio sessions from Dawn, especially on the swelling interpretation of the lead single, “Distance.” In between each song, Yebba shares unfocused and playful banter that just feels like she’s family, and that feeling persists throughout this entire set, right down to the eye contact she shares with keyboardist and co-writer James Francies when speaking candidly about the final song, “How Many Years.”

This Tiny Desk concert has been in the works since the spring of 2020, when the album was completed but shelved until Yebba (and the rest of the world) was in a better place. It was worth the wait.

SET LIST

  • “Stand”
  • “Distance”
  • “All I Ever Wanted”
  • “How Many Years”

MUSICIANS

  • Yebba: vocals
  • James Francies: keys
  • Burniss Travis: bass
  • Stro Elliot: MPC drums
  • Charles Myers: guitar
  • Niya Norwood: vocals
  • Schadrack Pierre: vocals
  • Brandon Pain: vocals
  • Marta Bagratuni: cello
  • Francesca Dardani: violin
  • Sulamit Gorski: violin
  • Nicole Wright: viola

CREDITS

  • Producer: Abbey Smith
  • Video: Andy Swartz, Bo Zhang, Ina Ubaite
  • Audio: Gosha Usov, Brandon Bost
  • Assistant Engineers: John Muller, Daniel Perez
  • Gaffer: AJ Holden
  • Key Grip: Hunter Herrick
  • “A” Camera Operator: Andy Poland
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Rob Ko
  • “B” Camera Operator: Alan Jensen
  • Dolly Grip: Tom Sarvello
  • Electric: Greg Deseve
  • Production Assistant: Styven Jeune
  • Management: Ross Michaels, David Lai, Ina Ubaite

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Maia Stern
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Gabrielle Pierre
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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