Lous and The Yakuza: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Bob Boilen | January 27, 2021
There's an elegant vibe as Lous and The Yakuza perform a Tiny Desk from the Book Bar in the Hôtel Grand Amour in Paris. And while the music is smooth, upbeat and warm, what lies beneath in Lous backstory, in her French lyrics, is, at times, deep and disturbing.
Lous - an anagram for "soul" - is Marie-Pierra Kakoma, a 24-year-old artist based in Belgium but born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She came to Belgium because her family escaped war in the Congo. They were refugees. For her Tiny Desk (home) concert, she opens with her 2019 single, "Dilemme." The song conjures up images of growing up in the Congo and Rwanda: "Living haunts me, everything that surrounds me made me mean," she sings in French. Her songs are often set to Congolese rumba rhythms, filled with resilience, beauty and resistance.
These songs come from her 2020 album, Gore, and are steeped in a life that saw her mother imprisoned in the Congo for being Rwandan, then become separated during their escape to Belgium. They were eventually reunited, butLous was a troubled teen and spent a period of time adrift before pulling her life together in pursuit of music and art. There's much to uncover and discover here. This Tiny Desk (home) concert is a deep journey.
"Bon Acteur"
"Dans La Hess"
Lous: vocals
Joseph Nelson: keys
Jamiel Blake: drums
Swaeli Mbappe: bass
Ayelya Douniama: vocals
Myriam Sow: vocals
Video: Lenny Grosman, Robin Conrad and Loris de Oliveira
Audio: Charles Darnaud
Directors: Lenny Grosman and Robin Conrad
Camera: Loris de Oliveira
FOH Engineer: Florent Livet
Monitor Engineer: Antoine Lalbat
Production: Jim Schachmes and Brieux Ferot
Stage Manager: Maddly Mendy-Sylva
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Yuriy Seredin
    Yuriy Seredin
    2 uur geleden

    That french flavour 😌

  2. Juan Rojo
    Juan Rojo
    4 uur geleden

    Maybe, peut-être, one of the best examples on how to drum, feel and groove with the music to make everyone SHINE

  3. Sandie F.
    Sandie F.
    7 uur geleden

    Magnifique du début à la fin! Tout ce que j'ai vu et entendu pendant ces 18 minutes est beau, sublime et envoûtant! Encore...

    13 uur geleden

    I've watched this so many times and keep coming back.

  5. Ace18Diamond
    13 uur geleden

    This video is on repeat since it was released! She’s incredible and I have no idea what she is singing about but it just works! I’m now starting to learn the lyrics haha well done 👏🏽

  6. Florent Boré
    Florent Boré
    16 uur geleden

    Woaw c’est fou de découvrir une artiste française aussi talentueuse dans une émission anglaise aussi populaire, est ce que je suis un ermite ou elle n’est pas du tout médiatisée en France ?

  7. LennardRFB
    16 uur geleden


  8. Desmond Mainda
    Desmond Mainda
    17 uur geleden

    DIdn't understand a word but felt the VIBEESSSSS, you've yourself a new listener 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  9. mbabazi gaston
    mbabazi gaston
    20 uur geleden

    Salutation du Congo&Rwanda🫂🍓🥗

  10. Kid Keaton
    Kid Keaton
    20 uur geleden

    Qui a remarqué que pour "solo" les choristes ont arrêté de l'accompagné pour qu'elle chante seule ? Lous ... quelle artiste

  11. Taji Eza
    Taji Eza
    Dag geleden

    A combination of sensitivity, dignity and passion...match in heaven for the translation of Amanda Gorman's poem - the Hill We Climb. Black Girl Magic.

  12. Romani Goddess
    Romani Goddess
    Dag geleden

    I have no idea what she is saying but it sounds beautiful. Love this.

  13. Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    Dag geleden

    Super set jazz soul. Grande sensibilité belle voix. Peut-être deviendras-tu une star. Sois surtout une étoile dans ta tête et dans ton coeur. Fais gaffe à ce qui brille trop fort et à la drogue. Suerte.

  14. Yannis
    Dag geleden

    le charisme de cette femme

  15. diimmortales
    2 dagen geleden

    Not kidding, I could really use JID x Lous and The Yakuza. Amigo and Working Out would make a killer mash-up.

  16. Lisa H
    Lisa H
    2 dagen geleden

    this was amazing im in love with her

  17. serge motte
    serge motte
    2 dagen geleden


  18. yasujus
    2 dagen geleden

    とってもかっこいい!! でも、やくざ…😅 日本語を使ってくれたのは光栄だけど、ちょっと笑ってしまった。 音楽は、とってもかっこいいから、また聞くよ!

  19. Chi Nguyen
    Chi Nguyen
    3 dagen geleden

    The bass sound is amazing just like Byron Miller (George Duke band)

  20. Chi Nguyen
    Chi Nguyen
    3 dagen geleden

    Thank You so much for going from NPR to IPR. Please invite Monsieur Nov, the R&B king of France. Also, Nguyen Le, world famous jazz master, and Rachelle Farrell

  21. Gillian Espinoza
    Gillian Espinoza
    3 dagen geleden

    This is so gooooood!!!!

  22. tammara
    3 dagen geleden

    Her voice reminds me of Sade!! Beautiful tone!

  23. Cap Quadrat
    Cap Quadrat
    3 dagen geleden

    C'est l'amour.

  24. Thaisa Fernandes
    Thaisa Fernandes
    3 dagen geleden


  25. Alice-in-Wonderland.
    3 dagen geleden

    I only know a few words in French, so I don't understand her...but I LOVE her!

  26. Elise Gaffga
    Elise Gaffga
    3 dagen geleden

    💕this music is so sooo beautiful!! So glad I clicked :)

  27. free britney
    free britney
    3 dagen geleden

    i am MESMIRISED 🥵🥵🥵 everyone in this video is an angel 💖💖💖

  28. YoungSimonz
    3 dagen geleden

    I love all this, such a wonderful vibes!!!🥰🥰🥰

  29. Beni
    4 dagen geleden

    ok but the lil shoulder thing at 1:15

  30. Doug Davison
    Doug Davison
    4 dagen geleden

    From what I understood she wants me as much as I want her. That is all.

    1. Heidi Ho
      Heidi Ho
      2 dagen geleden


  31. marjorie
    4 dagen geleden

    Cette classe ! Y'a pas tellement de francophones à passer sur Tiny desk! Y'a du niveau dans cette émission...

  32. Juba
    4 dagen geleden

    Love the accent in any language and she is one of my new faves. Cannot wait to see her in concert!

  33. Vívian Brito
    Vívian Brito
    5 dagen geleden

    até ela FALANDO parece um ASMR. que perfeição!

  34. Romain Bez
    Romain Bez
    5 dagen geleden

    « Gore » Le meilleur album de 2020 !! Une magnifique voix suave 🥰

  35. Tumelo Tibane
    Tumelo Tibane
    5 dagen geleden

    I didn’t want it to end ! beautiful music 😢

  36. Taezakny
    5 dagen geleden

    Ha oui !

  37. Aaliyah Adams
    Aaliyah Adams
    5 dagen geleden

    These bgvs sound great

  38. Denna
    5 dagen geleden

    This reminds me of Les Nubians and Floetry, love this!

    1. Heidi Ho
      Heidi Ho
      2 dagen geleden

      Aaaaaawwww I love les Nubians 🌺 Aloha from Hawai’i

  39. Diego Azalah
    Diego Azalah
    5 dagen geleden

    Beautiful Performance !

  40. sugeiry Gómez
    sugeiry Gómez
    6 dagen geleden


  41. Naya Ebène
    Naya Ebène
    6 dagen geleden

    Mais je t’aimeuuuuuh ! 🔥🔥

  42. Denisse Katy
    Denisse Katy
    6 dagen geleden

    Putain ce live est une tuerie !!!!

  43. Bright Balde
    Bright Balde
    6 dagen geleden

    French Soul touch on NPR... so proud!!! 🙌🏽 bises de Paris

  44. Agnieszka Pasińska
    Agnieszka Pasińska
    6 dagen geleden


  45. Emmanuel
    6 dagen geleden

    That was SO BEAUTIFUL 💗💜

  46. Carla Aguzzi
    Carla Aguzzi
    6 dagen geleden


  47. Loupe's Literary Lounge
    Loupe's Literary Lounge
    6 dagen geleden

    Omg how did I not know about this dang... cuz I don't have instagram anymore haha. Yeaaaas ma soeur tu est formiable. You made it girl. 😭🤗💜

  48. Mia May
    Mia May
    6 dagen geleden

    This is So SWEET & Gently & Strong and Excelent 💛💛🦋 please Name of bassquitarist🙏?

  49. Mia May
    Mia May
    6 dagen geleden


  50. Afrodite Real
    Afrodite Real
    6 dagen geleden

    Fine fine 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  51. FluxmanDubz
    6 dagen geleden

    So good

  52. Kachael J
    Kachael J
    6 dagen geleden

    Her voice and her skin are a matching pair.....she models, I don't even have to google her

  53. Koffi Kelvin
    Koffi Kelvin
    7 dagen geleden

    Is this love that am feeling right now!? Hey Lou(singular coz you're mine!) when you read this hmu @vokelvo on ig ❤️

  54. dudster5
    7 dagen geleden


  55. Firey Flower
    Firey Flower
    7 dagen geleden

    love it, but wish there was a translation of what she is singing

  56. Joojotherock
    7 dagen geleden

    io voglio un tha supreme tiny desk!

  57. Jess Rena
    Jess Rena
    7 dagen geleden

    The fact that I don't know French but this is going so hard im hear for the whole thing!!! I feel this...the realist thing I've heard that I didn't understand but felt!!!!!🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️💣💣💣💣💣

    1. Jess Rena
      Jess Rena
      7 dagen geleden

      Oops here!!!

  58. james kristel
    james kristel
    7 dagen geleden

    Dans la hesse is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  59. Isja Ehklar
    Isja Ehklar
    7 dagen geleden

    C'est un concert phénoménal. J'ai la chair de poule.

  60. Kelvin
    7 dagen geleden

    Vibes 👏

  61. AV DR
    AV DR
    7 dagen geleden

    ému aux larmes, Merci.

  62. Christopher Smith-Escarcega
    Christopher Smith-Escarcega
    7 dagen geleden

    ceci est vraiment bon!

  63. JustReality
    7 dagen geleden

    I need this on Spotify asap, this tiny desk it's on the top 10 for sure

  64. Xafia Shamia Rosemond
    Xafia Shamia Rosemond
    7 dagen geleden

    I dont even understand what she's saying but I love it.. im a new fan..

  65. Emin.Organic
    8 dagen geleden

    Heartwarming wonderful music

  66. TalentsCreoles
    8 dagen geleden


  67. Artasce avr
    Artasce avr
    8 dagen geleden

    Le passage 3:38 il est incroyable !

  68. Norberto de Lima
    Norberto de Lima
    8 dagen geleden

    I can't stop listening to her.. What have you done to me (please dont stop)?!?!

  69. Karina Bautista
    Karina Bautista
    8 dagen geleden

    Breathtaking. Amazing. Thank you Tiny desk for introducing me to Lous and The Yakuza

  70. Sylvie Lopez-salinas
    Sylvie Lopez-salinas
    8 dagen geleden

    Thank you very much for sharing to invetaded à very good frechn group chanter en français merci beaucoup muchissimas gracias 🌼

  71. Алексей
    8 dagen geleden

    Классно поёт )) Так понимаю на французском )) Красота.

  72. SantiagoTZ
    8 dagen geleden

    I want this version of Solo on Spotify soooo baaaaaad.

  73. Zania Cummings
    Zania Cummings
    8 dagen geleden

    Dont speak french but know exactly what she's saying? ! Its telepathy!

  74. Budgies & Pat
    Budgies & Pat
    8 dagen geleden

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL - LOUS AND THE YAKUZA is performing on another level - HEAVENLY !!

  75. jun26857
    8 dagen geleden

    Yakuza means Japanese organized gangsters. Oh what a name is . Lol

  76. Robin Kli
    Robin Kli
    8 dagen geleden

    That bass, wow.

  77. Do-si Farah
    Do-si Farah
    9 dagen geleden

    eyyy cool

  78. jack fletcher
    jack fletcher
    9 dagen geleden

    Another unique and excellent band. Gotta hand it to you NPR. You got the groove'. What talent and who can resist French!! I'm surprized they didn't just talk the German's into surrendering... I would have..... Not my fault, It lulls me into a romantic trance where I get lost... I plead ...... Hey. How about dinner with me tonight...... Thanks, Lous and The Yakusa,,

  79. eric hall
    eric hall
    9 dagen geleden

    You're so fn bad, I love you

  80. Misha Tejada
    Misha Tejada
    9 dagen geleden

    Thank the stars I spent half my life learning French. C'est plus sexy que vous pensez, et rhyme intelligent est de retour... ❤️

  81. Bakedmum Rick
    Bakedmum Rick
    9 dagen geleden

    Merci npr pour cette découverte, encore une fois ! ✌️

  82. Ali
    10 dagen geleden

    c'est abusé j'ai l'impression les autres pays aime plus Lous que toute la scène francophone.

    1. MlleMama
      8 dagen geleden

      Mais de fou, les français dorment trop sur elle

  83. Agnese R
    Agnese R
    10 dagen geleden


  84. Kim Sherlock
    Kim Sherlock
    10 dagen geleden

    French is a wonderfully Beautiful laungue X

  85. Kim Sherlock
    Kim Sherlock
    10 dagen geleden

    A voice with ease moves the beat. What a gift to music...

  86. Mathieu Rios
    Mathieu Rios
    10 dagen geleden

    This version is SO MUCH BETTER than the album version.

    1. K-luck
      16 uur geleden

      Listen to Dilemme the remix with tha Supreme and Mara Sattei, tha Supreme's sister 😇

  87. Liz Brown
    Liz Brown
    10 dagen geleden


  88. Patate des ténèbres
    Patate des ténèbres
    10 dagen geleden

    Belle poésie, que je n'écouterai normalement pas, en particulier en version studio, mais avec l'équipe de Tiny desk et un groupe en or, ma foi, l'expérience est vraiment plaisante. Belle découverte, merci!

  89. anna
    10 dagen geleden

    J'aime trop ❤️ trop fière !

  90. Integral Nutrition & Yoga
    Integral Nutrition & Yoga
    10 dagen geleden

  91. Stephan Allgaier
    Stephan Allgaier
    10 dagen geleden

    so good! everything!

  92. Arami Walker Music
    Arami Walker Music
    10 dagen geleden

    Fantastic and unique

  93. OCharluvsmusic
    10 dagen geleden

    I haven't any idea what she is saying, but I'm rocking at my desk. :)

  94. Eduardo Menezes
    Eduardo Menezes
    10 dagen geleden

    Je t`ecoute tous les jour

  95. Gerson Varela Lopes
    Gerson Varela Lopes
    10 dagen geleden

    It's been a while I haven't seen a drummer enjoying so much playing. Yessss... Makes me try to learn French again ;)

  96. Charles Guénézan
    Charles Guénézan
    11 dagen geleden

    Im already in loveeee

  97. Lars
    11 dagen geleden

    oh my GOD

  98. Jason Smith
    Jason Smith
    11 dagen geleden

    wow what a voice!! usually if its a different language I am out quick but ill say again.... wow!

  99. Jordan Reed
    Jordan Reed
    11 dagen geleden

    Classy and forward thinking.

  100. Mariah Gunn
    Mariah Gunn
    11 dagen geleden

    Can’t understand a word but I love new vibe and voice