Martha Redbone: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most fantastic music I'll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic's challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST moved the 2021 edition from the nightclub to your screen of choice and shared the festival with the world. We called it Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. We presented 16 artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes), all hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo.
Martha Redbone performs her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST performance from her home studio in Brooklyn's Navy Yards. Native and African-American singer-songwriter Martha Redbone is known for her mix of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Ky., which she infuses with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African-American father and the resilient spirit of her mother's Cherokee, Shawnee and Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music.
"The Garden of Love"
"Talk About It"
"The Underdog"
Martha Redbone: vocals, percussion
Aaron Whitby: keys
Marvin Sewell: guitars
Producer: Martha Redbone
Video and Audio: Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, and Bill Bragin
2021 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, and Viviana Benitez
Event Producer: Ian Thake
Host: Angélique Kidjo
Social Media Manager: Valerie French
Publicity: Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
Legal Services: Tamizdat
Legal Services: Duane Morris
Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Video Production: MODEMA Studios


  1. Hilery Hypknotik
    Hilery Hypknotik
    9 dagen geleden

    This is beautiful ❤️

  2. Maureen Salguero
    Maureen Salguero
    16 dagen geleden


  3. suzanne gewehr perry
    suzanne gewehr perry
    18 dagen geleden

    WOW!!!!!!!!! Thanks once again, NPR, for spreading magic around the world 💕 So beautiful, Martha.

  4. PeekaPeep
    25 dagen geleden

    Martha's in my Top 10 as far as "life soundtrack" artists go. She's in the same class as Pura Fe, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi, Nikka Costa, and Lizz Wright when it comes to pure down-home soulfulness and fostering an open-ended approach to the music. 2004 'Skintalk' album was my first official intro to her and have been hooked on her vibe ever since! Good to see Martha and her longtime bandmates continue to endure amid these unprecedented times we're living in right now. Hopefully, another album's coming down the pipe soon because it's been almost a decade since she dropped that William Blake roots side project on us...

  5. Elizabeth Anne
    Elizabeth Anne
    Maand geleden

    I don't understand why anyone disliked this.. Edit: I'm a metalhead.

  6. Atlas
    Maand geleden

    i love the keyboardist

  7. starsholdmalice
    Maand geleden

    This is good music; love that Appalachia feel

  8. lauragoblin
    Maand geleden

    She's gorgeous!!! Thank you!!!

  9. Jodi DeTuncq
    Jodi DeTuncq
    Maand geleden

    Wow! just stopped in and had to stay.... what a nice surprise! Loved this episode!!

  10. Pippingzipping
    Maand geleden

    Simply lovely.

  11. Sharon Maberry-Bourke
    Sharon Maberry-Bourke
    Maand geleden


  12. L K
    L K
    Maand geleden

    Ironic stage name. 'Redbone' sistas hate being called that lol

    1. Freddy Again
      Freddy Again
      28 dagen geleden

      Check: Redbone - We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee

  13. LB - Good Life and Good Music
    LB - Good Life and Good Music
    Maand geleden


  14. Larisa Vergara
    Larisa Vergara
    Maand geleden

    Dear Martha Your Voice and Music is Wonderfull. Thank you and the Musicians for this Concert.

  15. Edwin Perez
    Edwin Perez
    Maand geleden

    I love it! Great voice, great music. Bravo Martha Redbone!!

  16. Chuck U. Farley
    Chuck U. Farley
    Maand geleden

    Right on!

  17. Riley Mulcahy
    Riley Mulcahy
    Maand geleden

    She has an amazing verison of wild horses with Lisa Fischer on NLlike, she is so talented!!

  18. lenny koss
    lenny koss
    Maand geleden

  19. Pamela Taylor
    Pamela Taylor
    Maand geleden

    Just Beautiful! I feel Something In My Spirit with these Songs!

  20. Don Kanis
    Don Kanis
    Maand geleden

    Sign this group before someone else does !!! This woman is a throwback to Jimi Hendrix with talent and originality.

  21. Petri Pushi
    Petri Pushi
    Maand geleden

    I love what you brought to the table. Thankyou :) x

  22. Pablo D.M. Fontana
    Pablo D.M. Fontana
    Maand geleden


  23. Karan Gera
    Karan Gera
    Maand geleden

    Oooh this is proper old Delta inspired Blues!!!!

  24. Sergio Sporidium
    Sergio Sporidium
    Maand geleden

    Please get Sade on tiny desk 😭

  25. Giovanni Daza
    Giovanni Daza
    Maand geleden

    She looks like the princess of the tribe in the movie Ace Ventura 2

  26. Pentameron
    Maand geleden

    0:00 - *The Garden of Love* (4:43) 7:20 - *Talk About It* (12:08) 13:17 - *The Underdog* [19:07 - Tiny Desk team]

  27. E B
    E B
    Maand geleden

    Absolutely beautiful! Just what I needed on a rainy Saturday afternoon

  28. ctaylorgh91
    Maand geleden


  29. William Ross
    William Ross
    Maand geleden

    Fantastic Artist. Thanks for sharing on NPR music.

  30. Malachi Cronshey
    Malachi Cronshey
    Maand geleden

    Everyone...get sensitive now.

  31. Tenika Tucker
    Tenika Tucker
    Maand geleden

    What kind of music is this

  32. Rick Malchow
    Rick Malchow
    Maand geleden

    Her confidence in her vocals makes me think of Laura Love. Great band, great vibe!

  33. ortem000
    Maand geleden

    That was lovely. Thank you. ✨💖✨

  34. Rafael Smith
    Rafael Smith
    Maand geleden


  35. Chevy Hawk
    Chevy Hawk
    Maand geleden

    So good to see and hear Martha & her band again. Martha's features resemble a young Betty Davis (soul singer) and I always thought that along with her singing voice she could do a mean version of Betty in a movie.

  36. Kevin Merino
    Kevin Merino
    Maand geleden

    Quite a treat to make the weekend that much better!

  37. Serge B.
    Serge B.
    Maand geleden

    Incredibly beautiful songs. Thanks for your creativity!

  38. Vick
    Maand geleden

    you guys should do this with aaron may

  39. Janice Sims
    Janice Sims
    Maand geleden

    Thanks so much for featuring Martha Redbone, NPR. Her sound soothes the mind.

  40. Jasmine Morris
    Jasmine Morris
    Maand geleden

    I am so blessed to know Martha Redbone band exist. Afro Indigenous Soul.

  41. Trenton Tompkins
    Trenton Tompkins
    Maand geleden

    Oh wow this gave me chills. The soul, the rhythm she is just lovely!

  42. SoulShine Sessions
    SoulShine Sessions
    Maand geleden

    Tampa, Florida in the house. Shout out from JAZZ1CAFE Internet Radio 🎵 Thanks for this sweet treat of melodies to brighten my Saturday.

  43. Firey Flower
    Firey Flower
    Maand geleden


  44. Víctor Heliceo León Rey Guerrero
    Víctor Heliceo León Rey Guerrero
    Maand geleden

    parce, te juro que la nariz del man del teclado está pegada a sus gafas

  45. Kayleigh Elizabeth
    Kayleigh Elizabeth
    Maand geleden

    a refreshing, beautiful sound

  46. Vania N.
    Vania N.
    Maand geleden

    Please show Jordan Mackampa!

  47. Jerome Jordan
    Jerome Jordan
    Maand geleden

    Yay Y'all!

  48. Jaki Dove
    Jaki Dove
    Maand geleden

    Instantly, a new fan! Thank you 👏👏👏

  49. Shaneka 08
    Shaneka 08
    Maand geleden

    Love this! 🔥🔥

  50. Raymond Lawson
    Raymond Lawson
    Maand geleden


  51. Mamie Acrie
    Mamie Acrie
    Maand geleden

    Just what I need . ☺️👌

  52. Qi Ai
    Qi Ai
    Maand geleden

    That was a great performance. Tiny Desk concert is always introducing me to artists, I am new to learning about, thank you NPR I love you.

  53. ppbjunior
    Maand geleden

    Que mulher fantásticaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....

  54. José Garrido
    José Garrido
    Maand geleden

    I has been strike by something so powerfull, by gifted People whom swim thought music since the begining of the times. Thank you. This music heals the wounds in your souls. Créeme.

  55. Reylon
    Maand geleden

    I will impact the WRLD wth my music. Check out my new content ‼️☝🏼

  56. Luiz Eduardo
    Luiz Eduardo
    Maand geleden

  57. Benjamin Smallbone
    Benjamin Smallbone
    Maand geleden

    oh my goodness, best ever

  58. Kobie Mack
    Kobie Mack
    Maand geleden


  59. Adon Ben-Yisrael
    Adon Ben-Yisrael
    Maand geleden


  60. Adon Ben-Yisrael
    Adon Ben-Yisrael
    Maand geleden

    Stevie Wonder collaboration? Ribbon In The Sky For Our 💘 pt. II

  61. John Gomes
    John Gomes
    Maand geleden

    Loved every minute of this music it's different but boy amazing vocals n good keyboard n guitar🎸.. Love it ❤

  62. Changemaker English
    Changemaker English
    Maand geleden

    Her first song, The Garden of Love, is William Blake's poem. She created an entire album singing his poems with her phenomenal soulful, Appalachia mountain style.

    1. Casimir LeYeti
      Casimir LeYeti
      13 dagen geleden

      THX 4 posting your comment. I will search for this album now !

  63. Emerald
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful band! Lovely music!

  64. KeyTheDevilsSon O.F.O.L
    KeyTheDevilsSon O.F.O.L
    Maand geleden


  65. Dave Jordan
    Dave Jordan
    Maand geleden


  66. Laure_lei
    Maand geleden

    I'm five minutes in and blown away. Newest fan, me! Tiny Desk continues to showcase the most amazing talent. Thank you so much!

    1. Pascal S.
      Pascal S.
      Maand geleden

      same here

  67. Marie Valeur
    Marie Valeur
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful, moving and so perfect for now! Thank you!

  68. Truck Show
    Truck Show
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful American diversity... thank you.

  69. SilkHandz74
    Maand geleden

    Wow!! 😍😍😍

  70. triclone123
    Maand geleden

    Loved it. Very thankful

  71. lolly
    Maand geleden


  72. Brian Onzahwah
    Brian Onzahwah
    Maand geleden

    Right on my brothers and sister! Right on! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and musical blessings. You three have made my day, made my day!!!

  73. StellarFaerie
    Maand geleden

    LoVe at first note. She has a voice that makes you instantly feeL something. 🔥✨

    1. Ronnie Mack
      Ronnie Mack
      Maand geleden

      Hey, you're love at first sight

  74. Nick
    Maand geleden

    So much heart and soul in this music🔥

  75. Dana Marie Hanna
    Dana Marie Hanna
    Maand geleden

    Amazing!!!! Thank you

  76. Dan L Values
    Dan L Values
    Maand geleden

    What? Very cool! Wow, so important to show the diversity of our country. Thank you. Without people there is no wall st. Just saying.

  77. Biguitar
    Maand geleden

    Very nice !

  78. David Tamayo
    David Tamayo
    Maand geleden


  79. Taron Henton
    Taron Henton
    Maand geleden

    I'm digging this ! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  80. Adriana
    Maand geleden

    It's weird not getting that 5:00am notification. This music is beautiful and calming. Thank you for sharing Martha Redbone with us, NPR!

    1. Samurai Western
      Samurai Western
      Maand geleden


  81. Lovejazz01
    Maand geleden

    Wow, been a fan of Martha Redbone for so many years, great to see her here!

    1. spacepunk nappy
      spacepunk nappy
      Maand geleden

      Same......Finally some due respect...

  82. sparkle lee
    sparkle lee
    Maand geleden

    Omg!!!!! First note gave me chills

    Maand geleden

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