KeiyaA: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Sidney Madden | February 11, 2021
Cornrows braided back with the precision of an architect. Stiletto nails commanding a sampling machine. Gold-glinted lids to match her light-up Beads Byaree earrings. With every move, KeiyaA shines so bright, it's impossible to look away. And while your eyes are fixated on her person, the music KeiyaA conjures inside Brooklyn's Electric Garden is what leaves you completely spellbound.
Just like this awe-inducing Tiny Desk (home) concert, KeiyaA's debut album, Forever, Ya Girl, appeared last year with kismet timing, unveiling her as a fully formed star. The 2020 release is a meditation on the thin line between solitude and loneliness, one that KeiyaA traces and teeters on while defining her Black womanhood. Whether it's through jazzy woodwinds, heavy synths or prickly staccato, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist shares waves of anguish, depletion, love and elation in a swirling stream of consciousness.
"Gone for so long I prefer to spend time in my pain, hey / Gone for so long I can barely recall the last my phone rang," she sings on "Hvnli."
While the album version of these tracks boast much of KeiyaA's own production, affirmations and layered vocals in chorus, for this live version, the 28-year-old Chicago native communicates telepathically with her all-Black bandmates and cites her sources through the creative process.
"Most of the work that has carried me has been the writings of Black women," KeiyaA says before showing off hardcover copies of works by Jayne Cortez and Ntozake Shange. We love a queen who shares her curriculum!
"Do Yourself a Favor"
"Finesse Without a Trace"
KeiyaA: vocals, samplers and keyboard
Buz: drums, vocals
Nelson Bandela: keyboard, synths and vocals
Keenyn Omari: flute, saxophones and guitar
13th Law: bass and vocals
Audio: Jaclyn Sanchez, Abigail Lewis, Jacob Powell
Video: Scott Perry, Solange Smith, Marisa Gesualdi
Production: Caroline Waxse, Naavin Karimbux
Special thanks: Telsha Anderson, Meredith Menchel, and Beads Byaree
Producer: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Jer Rivera
    Jer Rivera
    14 uur geleden


  2. Adreana Langston
    Adreana Langston
    Dag geleden

    Is that Florida Water on the blanket covered desk next to her synthesizer?

  3. Marcus Alan Ward
    Marcus Alan Ward
    4 dagen geleden


  4. nebula.
    4 dagen geleden

    Hopefully one day I can do one of these

  5. nebula.
    4 dagen geleden

    She inspires me soo much

  6. Keith Middleton
    Keith Middleton
    6 dagen geleden

    Shouts to my Uncle Pepe Willie and 94 East!!! "If U See Me" Nice arrangement gang

  7. Danielle Cox
    Danielle Cox
    6 dagen geleden

    No she didn't intro with a 94 East song!!!! YESSSSSSSSS!!! If you See Me/Do Yourself a Favor ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

  8. Melvin Payne
    Melvin Payne
    9 dagen geleden

    Okayyy Iโ€™m feeling her vibe a lot ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ she just got a new FAN!!!!

  9. Fungigi
    14 dagen geleden

    Some of the most soulful folks Iโ€™ve ever known have been from the Midwest. Shoutout to my region! Much love and success. The best birthday gift I ever got what hearing this.

  10. kingtkillla67
    14 dagen geleden

    If she blows up I hope she takes MIKE with her. Their revolution needs to be televised.

  11. prod black ears
    prod black ears
    15 dagen geleden

    this might be the best tiny desk concert so far. that neo soul vibe is unmatched

  12. Angel Manzanarez
    Angel Manzanarez
    15 dagen geleden

    This was amazing, literally powerful thx k

  13. Marianna D
    Marianna D
    15 dagen geleden

    wow. outstanding. no words.

  14. Ashley BadGuy
    Ashley BadGuy
    15 dagen geleden

    This rendition of Do Yourself a favor almost made me cry with joy

  15. Hlokomani Khondlo
    Hlokomani Khondlo
    15 dagen geleden

    Where are her Grammies?

  16. r c
    r c
    15 dagen geleden

    Man I got no words And that third song was crazy

  17. Chinazo Rena Anakwe
    Chinazo Rena Anakwe
    16 dagen geleden


  18. mykelle richburg
    mykelle richburg
    16 dagen geleden

    Ahhh this was amazing

  19. Dre Thee gem
    Dre Thee gem
    17 dagen geleden

    Is the third one a new song or is it unreleased? I want it so badly

    1. A IR
      A IR
      12 dagen geleden

      Not released yet

  20. Schwere Jungs
    Schwere Jungs
    17 dagen geleden

    Such a brillant performance

  21. T C
    T C
    17 dagen geleden

    Another underrated artist

  22. Micah Asher
    Micah Asher
    18 dagen geleden

    How many trump supporters have they had on tiny desk?

  23. Sanya Stern
    Sanya Stern
    18 dagen geleden

    What are those awesome earrings?

  24. Steven E.
    Steven E.
    18 dagen geleden

    The effortless runs & her artistry blows my mind, one of my favorite artist.

  25. Clara Berggren
    Clara Berggren
    18 dagen geleden

    Wow what an amazing concert! Does anyone know who is talking at 2:14 - 2:28 and 16:30 - 17:00

    1. Jarvis West
      Jarvis West
      18 dagen geleden

      For 2:14 - 2:28 it is Nina Simone

  26. Penny Pocket
    Penny Pocket
    18 dagen geleden

    ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถgod, beautiful๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽถ

  27. Spell Me
    Spell Me
    18 dagen geleden

    Perfection! Such excellence and beauty and downright coolness! What a great performance. It's only been up a few days and I've already watched it 3 times.

  28. Blt Samich
    Blt Samich
    18 dagen geleden

    Reminds me of the lovely and delicious Ms. ScottโœŒ

  29. Kody Kindhart
    Kody Kindhart
    19 dagen geleden

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™ Real music here

  30. bthequeen
    19 dagen geleden

    NPR..thanks for putting me on to this beautiful soul...downloaded her album immediately!

  31. Ayanna Riser
    Ayanna Riser
    19 dagen geleden


  32. Kyle Benford
    Kyle Benford
    19 dagen geleden

    This is so beautiful

  33. jeanette janvier
    jeanette janvier
    19 dagen geleden

    Divine. Just divine.

  34. Hermetitude dude
    Hermetitude dude
    19 dagen geleden

    Npr is playing loose and dangerous with panderin to the monsterous right wing zelot culties.

  35. Nkhensani Mokobane
    Nkhensani Mokobane
    19 dagen geleden

    Please bring Durand.

  36. Kojo Gozo
    Kojo Gozo
    19 dagen geleden

    Boondocks anyone? 12:05

  37. Jordi Peirรณ
    Jordi Peirรณ
    20 dagen geleden

    Moltes grร cies. Preciรณs๐Ÿ˜˜

  38. Marcus Garnot
    Marcus Garnot
    20 dagen geleden

    Yes. The answer is yes. KeiyaA is yes

  39. Ana Giselle
    Ana Giselle
    20 dagen geleden

    this is my daily meditation time now

  40. Cuzzi P
    Cuzzi P
    20 dagen geleden

    Forever, Ya Girl was my favorite album of last year. This was a super nice surprise

  41. Stu -E
    Stu -E
    20 dagen geleden

    They need Lady Gaga, they need Melanie Martinez, they need Charlie XCX, they need Lana Del Rey, They need MARINA (diamandis). This is like the best medium for live artist performing itโ€™s always SOOOO good.

  42. Inside Voices
    Inside Voices
    20 dagen geleden

    this is it

  43. ChristChrysalisInMahanaim
    20 dagen geleden

    Sis your style is fresh.. Loving the vibes all around, gimme mo' of this sauce.

  44. Anthony Blue Jr
    Anthony Blue Jr
    20 dagen geleden


  45. f33lthis
    20 dagen geleden


    20 dagen geleden

    When I saw that Florida Water I instantly knew she was about that spiritual life. Ase sister!

  47. Carter Bostic
    Carter Bostic
    20 dagen geleden

    My neph evan lawrence on strings, pops hit me up yesterday. Keep pushin .... !

  48. f33lthis
    20 dagen geleden

    Sidney Madden, you wrote a lovely description. Super excited to watch and listen.

  49. Dea Mula
    Dea Mula
    20 dagen geleden

    Can't stop playing it ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ when she sings "If you see me" sends me โœจโœจโœจโœจ๐ŸŽ‘ come on sis!!!

  50. Rae B.
    Rae B.
    20 dagen geleden

    Sheโ€™s such a vibe. Love her.

  51. M Tate
    M Tate
    20 dagen geleden

    Wow just discovered these sista, my vibe ๐Ÿ’ฏ love her flow, voice and tone" this my new chill sounds beautiful Artist

  52. L. Michele
    L. Michele
    20 dagen geleden


    20 dagen geleden

    "Forever, Ya girl" Easily my favorite album of 2020. Much love to KeiyaA and crew. Looking fwd...

  54. Voldy Moyo
    Voldy Moyo
    20 dagen geleden


  55. Namakau Star
    Namakau Star
    20 dagen geleden

    Fly my star flllllyyyy

  56. Letlhogonolo Mhlotshazana
    Letlhogonolo Mhlotshazana
    21 dag geleden

    Greatest Album of 2020โœจ

  57. Joel Vansworth
    Joel Vansworth
    21 dag geleden

    Can we get Ocean Wizdom on Tiny Desk ???? that would be solid

  58. Take Me Back: Pirate Radio Archives
    Take Me Back: Pirate Radio Archives
    21 dag geleden

    Music for the Soul!! Sending our love back from across the Atlantic from London!! God bless!!!

  59. The Weloon Joint
    The Weloon Joint
    21 dag geleden

    Ughh we love โค๏ธ

  60. Raรบl Ulloa
    Raรบl Ulloa
    21 dag geleden

    She is so talented, Iโ€™m glad I found her music because of Shawn or Melonโ€™s top albums of 2020, he was right.

  61. Rain Jordan
    Rain Jordan
    21 dag geleden

    love her!

  62. Courtney Daniels
    Courtney Daniels
    21 dag geleden

    Iโ€™ve been playing this album when Iโ€™m taking a shower, when I get dressed, when Iโ€™m driving, when Iโ€™m cleaning, when Iโ€™m ๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ’จ...this album is very honest and reliable for my thoughts.

  63. thesun collective147
    thesun collective147
    21 dag geleden

    She so cool she pulled the earring off..This is the shii I love!

  64. Ava Borelli
    Ava Borelli
    21 dag geleden

    Strong! ๐Ÿฌ

  65. SWARVY
    21 dag geleden


  66. molly with charles
    molly with charles
    21 dag geleden


  67. Hallie VanOutryve
    Hallie VanOutryve
    21 dag geleden

    Going to check her out on Spotify rn! Love the jazzy neo-soul vibes. Can always count on Tiny Desk to turn me on to great indie artists.

  68. Quinton Dale
    Quinton Dale
    21 dag geleden

    I like her earrings there so unique just like her ๐Ÿ”ฅโœจ

    1. Angela Baylor
      Angela Baylor
      14 dagen geleden


  69. eu-IV
    21 dag geleden

    so fire smh

  70. Bobby Levy
    Bobby Levy
    21 dag geleden

    Beautiful love magic.. Deep bow. Really dig the variety & the world /fusion /progressive elements!

  71. Dirty Talk 101 Vegas
    Dirty Talk 101 Vegas
    21 dag geleden

    We Love NPR!! Beautiful singer, thanks for showcasing all these artists, I would've never known about it, this platform is everything.

  72. Kellie Brooks
    Kellie Brooks
    21 dag geleden

    Empress! Those candelabra earrings ~

  73. Joel Rivera
    Joel Rivera
    21 dag geleden

    This was so beautifully done. I am blessed

  74. Folk The Artist
    Folk The Artist
    21 dag geleden

    Saw her perform in Brooklyn a while back but it was hard to find her on social. So glad she got a tiny desk and to find her! this was dope!!! My boy Keenyn did his thing on woodwinds and the entire band killed!! So amazing to see her progression. Super proud!

  75. Geechie Dan 77.7
    Geechie Dan 77.7
    21 dag geleden

    gotta light a palo santo for this one!

  76. Angel
    21 dag geleden

    God bless this performance

  77. Yolophonik
    21 dag geleden

    A beautiful performance. Thank you, NPR for giving them the platform.

  78. Wavy Bagels
    Wavy Bagels
    21 dag geleden


  79. A. Sarr
    A. Sarr
    21 dag geleden

    let's gooooooo keiyaa !!

  80. Daria Dockery
    Daria Dockery
    21 dag geleden

    thank u keiyaA!! u are a rlly gifted oneโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  81. Lee Roberts
    Lee Roberts
    21 dag geleden

    I donโ€™t know why I was expecting rap BUT I was pleasantly surprised! Nice vibes๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  82. Tabitha Enagbare
    Tabitha Enagbare
    21 dag geleden

    So beautiful.

  83. APreciousNetwork
    21 dag geleden

    BHM x TDC is how it should be done... to showcase Black artist that may not be as well known as others is how you uplift the Black community. Salute to you TDC...and Thank you!

  84. taylor mccoy
    taylor mccoy
    21 dag geleden


  85. daneguitarist1
    21 dag geleden

    I love it, definitely gonna check out more KeiyaA killer vibe :)

  86. Ray
    21 dag geleden

    From the thumbnail I thought it was Ms. Lauryn Hill ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  87. mixedberries2
    21 dag geleden


  88. LuvMeOrHateMe59011
    21 dag geleden

    Who else peeped the Florida Water? Nothing but good vibes man ๐Ÿ’•

  89. Emil Dee
    Emil Dee
    21 dag geleden

    So... I'm mad. I love this, but my brother sent me this project last year, and I forgot about it. This was so sticking good! Full of spirit, mood, mystery, and soul. We need all of these feels. And the light that exudes from her is much stronger than those dope candelabra earrings! ๐Ÿ’œ

  90. womanonfire8
    21 dag geleden

    too short.. this concert was too short.... the pandemic needs to end so this woman can tour. i'm there. she's excellent.

    1. Zaida Ruiz
      Zaida Ruiz
      16 dagen geleden

      @Legal Fiction Natural Fact 2

    2. Legal Fiction Natural Fact
      Legal Fiction Natural Fact
      18 dagen geleden

      the fake pandemic

  91. Noahvof
    21 dag geleden

    Star Wars cantina vibes lowkey don't know why

  92. Your Helpful Wendy
    Your Helpful Wendy
    21 dag geleden

    I have seen twice. Sooooo nice. Great job!!

  93. Chuma Mtabiso
    Chuma Mtabiso
    21 dag geleden

    Her album forever ya girl really put me through the whole of last it kinda has a sentimental effect on me at this point

    1. Roena W
      Roena W
      19 dagen geleden

      Totally agree it was on regular rotation. Especially 'I want my things'

    2. Chio Amanze
      Chio Amanze
      20 dagen geleden

      @Tropicalรญstico demae's "life works out...usually" is some more black girl magic!!! its so good.

    3. Chuma Mtabiso
      Chuma Mtabiso
      20 dagen geleden

      @Tropicalรญstico try check out LIV.E-I couldn't wait to tell you

    4. Tropicalรญstico
      20 dagen geleden

      Thank you, could you please recommend other albums like that ๐Ÿ˜€?

  94. Chuma Mtabiso
    Chuma Mtabiso
    21 dag geleden

    One of my favorite singers...she produces her own shxt,represents an independent black woman...we need more ppl like her

  95. Spells For Freedom
    Spells For Freedom
    21 dag geleden


  96. Samira Yeo
    Samira Yeo
    21 dag geleden

    So beautiful

  97. Raymond Lawson
    Raymond Lawson
    21 dag geleden


  98. mat D
    mat D
    21 dag geleden

    Keiya socked me in the face when they started rectifiya

  99. Trieviette78
    21 dag geleden


  100. Michael Appouh
    Michael Appouh
    21 dag geleden

    so good so talented UGHHHHH :')