Rina Sawayama: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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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.
Alex Ramos | April 19, 2021
As usual, Rina Sawayama is one step ahead of us. She's back in the office, clad in a periwinkle blazer with waist cut-outs and a high ponytail cleaner than the view of the city skyline. Make no mistake: even in fluorescent lighting, the Japanese British pop star performs with the same tenacity and drama you hear in her 2020 debut album, SAWAYAMA, a lustrous pop epic peppered with early aughts R&B, nu-metal and classic rock.
Unable to tour because of the pandemic, the artist has been holding onto these songs for the last year. Sawayama's Tiny Desk (home) concert successfully reminds us - in just three tracks - of her range and versatility as both artist and performer. Tears calcify in "Dynasty," a song like a salve to wounds inherited from generations past. The heaviness of the music never overshadows her voice, which ascends heroically. "Won't you break the chain with me?" she belts out.
As if turning the other cheek, Sawayama swiftly moves into the sweet, cha-ching pop of "XS," and later the soft-hearted ballad "Chosen Family," rendered in the style of her 2021 collaboration with Elton John. The song was reborn, in part, because of John's admiration for Sawayama and her ability to cross-pollinate genres, but also because the two held "Chosen Family," both the song and concept, dearly. Funny enough, the song's thesis - "I chose you / You chose me" - reflects their meeting, too.
"Chosen Family"
Rina Sawayama: vocals
Vic Jamieson: guitar
Simone Odaranile: drums
Geordan Reid-Campbell: keys
Phebe Edwards: vocals
Desrinea Ramus: vocals
Braimah Kanneh-Mason: violin
Ayla Sahin: violin
Didier Osindero: viola
Jonah Spindel: cello
Video: Chester Lockhart, Thomas Davis
Audio: Jon Gilmore, Ted Jensen
Producers: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Bob Boilen
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#rinasawayama #tinydesk #nprmusic


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    3 dagen geleden

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  2. StayKozy
    13 uur geleden

    Rina is an absolute POWERHOUSE. I've been listening to this nonstop for the past week or so and I'm just blown away every time. Her presence and attitude during XS gives me literal chills. UGH I can't get enough.

  3. Duda F
    Duda F
    15 uur geleden

    shes so unique

  4. Baterka Czech
    Baterka Czech
    19 uur geleden

    Thank you NPR this makes my body and mind skinny.

  5. Melissa Zhai
    Melissa Zhai
    20 uur geleden

    Her stage presence - I wanted to scream and reach out to touch her even though this isn’t live

  6. Austin Ashburn
    Austin Ashburn
    Dag geleden

  7. Jasmine Spice
    Jasmine Spice
    Dag geleden

    Why am I just finding out that Rina’s BRITISH I have been listening for so long how did not know this

  8. mohika g
    mohika g
    Dag geleden

    im so in love with this woman THE TALENTT

  9. Jason Bouchard
    Jason Bouchard
    Dag geleden

    11:20 Am I the only one who misheard Rina singing: "Hand me a pinada" and not "Hand me a pen and I'll"?

  10. Marija C.
    Marija C.
    Dag geleden

    i love the guitarists facial expressions he seems to really be enjoying this performance

  11. Jonathan Neto
    Jonathan Neto
    Dag geleden

    aff rina me chama pra trabalhar nesse escritório

  12. Raquel Castillo
    Raquel Castillo
    2 dagen geleden

    RINAAAAA 💜💜💜

  13. Guilherme Augusto
    Guilherme Augusto
    2 dagen geleden

    te amo mami

  14. Mercedes Boyd
    Mercedes Boyd
    2 dagen geleden

    this gave me chills, the energy, the diversity, the talent

  15. Antonieta Ribeiro
    Antonieta Ribeiro
    2 dagen geleden

    Help I started to accompany her now and I am in love in her voice 😭😍😍😍

  16. Yuri Dias
    Yuri Dias
    2 dagen geleden


  17. A ngomz
    A ngomz
    3 dagen geleden

    Shame on me how didn't I knew she even exist before today❤️❤️

  18. Rojas Vargas Zaid Omar
    Rojas Vargas Zaid Omar
    3 dagen geleden

    Do you know the name of the guitarist ???? 🥺

  19. Ian Jara
    Ian Jara
    3 dagen geleden

    this is AMAZING !! 🤍

  20. Jullianna Kadel
    Jullianna Kadel
    3 dagen geleden

    Hi how does one apply to work in an office setting with this group of TALENTED and well dressed ICONIC business casual CEO’s?? Asking for a friend ✍🏼🙊💕🌈✨

  21. Rebbi T
    Rebbi T
    3 dagen geleden

    1:52 omg THIS IS WHY WE LOVE HER

  22. bean Red
    bean Red
    3 dagen geleden


  23. Uwwuuu
    3 dagen geleden

    Now we need niki, let's bring more asian representative and fight this asian hate.

  24. Maximusfrac
    3 dagen geleden

    OMG! She's amazing. I'm officially a fan now.

  25. Miles Ferris
    Miles Ferris
    3 dagen geleden

    justice for tokyo love hotel

  26. alexa armenta
    alexa armenta
    3 dagen geleden

    when you ask a horse what they want to eat 4:59

  27. Music Lover
    Music Lover
    3 dagen geleden

    Love this so much

  28. Amish Bee
    Amish Bee
    3 dagen geleden


  29. To Leaves
    To Leaves
    3 dagen geleden

    All the newly added high notes give me chills

  30. Limuel Cruz
    Limuel Cruz
    3 dagen geleden

    me waiting for bad friend

  31. Limuel Cruz
    Limuel Cruz
    3 dagen geleden

    rina: hitting the hardest notes ive ever heard also rina: that was fun

  32. A Vue
    A Vue
    4 dagen geleden

    Amazing songs! My favorite new artist discovery of the year.

  33. roelliwolfe
    4 dagen geleden

    So she is British. Cool!

  34. Caio Pinheiro Santana
    Caio Pinheiro Santana
    4 dagen geleden

    I don't have words to describe how amazing this was. I just wanna live in this concert. I'm waiting anxiously to the day she will conquer the world 'cause Rina deserves nothing less than world domination.

  35. Sanyu Lukwago
    Sanyu Lukwago
    4 dagen geleden


  36. Alexa M
    Alexa M
    4 dagen geleden

    A total queen, so much talent held in a beautiful woman

  37. J-HI
    4 dagen geleden

    rina and vic jamieson playing music together was made for ME

  38. Justin Ramel
    Justin Ramel
    4 dagen geleden

    Yes, RINA!!! She ate this up!! 🔥🔥👏🏾👏🏾

  39. jul
    4 dagen geleden

    idk whos more attractive, rina or that guitar player

  40. rene bae
    rene bae
    4 dagen geleden

    this was so beautiful... cried

  41. amouri
    4 dagen geleden

    Less than 2 minutes into the performance and I'm loving this, thank you youtube algorithm

  42. Maria Liyungu
    Maria Liyungu
    4 dagen geleden

    A Rina and Rico Nasty song can be 🔥 🔥🔥🔥

  43. Никита Гусев
    Никита Гусев
    5 dagen geleden

    Me, pointing at all the stationery I bought: the price we paid is unbelievable

  44. Arnold Magetse
    Arnold Magetse
    5 dagen geleden

    She looks and sounds stunning... I'm obviously OBSSESSED!!

  45. Lupin Paul
    Lupin Paul
    5 dagen geleden

    Her performance here does not do her justice when listening to her on Spotify. She brings a totally different energy to this song performing live and I love it!

  46. Jodamuli_12
    5 dagen geleden

    Rina and her band and everyone involved in this r just so talented, also, blue hair guy!!!

  47. Jodamuli_12
    5 dagen geleden

    It´s a crime we only saw 3 of Sawayama, this album is SO good!!!

  48. melanie liu
    melanie liu
    5 dagen geleden


  49. Columbo JR
    Columbo JR
    5 dagen geleden

    Big fan from day, shes from my town.. and a final fantasy fan. If you listern to her album you may hear FF samples. It's a fun surprise if your a final fan, love rina. Was supposed to she her at round house but was cancelled. This was nice. BIG UP RINA!

  50. SirenVoyager
    6 dagen geleden

    As an Asian woman dynasty was the song that made me cry. Chosen family is great but dynasty is tied to the soul.

  51. margarita kalaitzidou
    margarita kalaitzidou
    6 dagen geleden

    3:19 replay button cause the way she changed that ending is incredible

  52. Christian Nicole
    Christian Nicole
    6 dagen geleden


  53. Rufin Fury
    Rufin Fury
    6 dagen geleden

    The board room meeting set is fire

  54. cj wins
    cj wins
    6 dagen geleden

    She’s a wonder 💜🔥

  55. Jessica Caruso
    Jessica Caruso
    6 dagen geleden

    I’m convinced this was a birthday 420 present to me and all of the other pixels out there.. I am so eternally happy to have been late / found this today !!!! I’m dancing and crying and smiling, we love Rina and this entire creative and talented crew. 🥰

  56. Linh Nguyen
    Linh Nguyen
    7 dagen geleden

    Can’t believe rina made this outfit look classy

  57. Limuel Cruz
    Limuel Cruz
    7 dagen geleden

    lorde and rina sawayama are the some of the rare gems in music industry

  58. Limuel Cruz
    Limuel Cruz
    7 dagen geleden

    ive just been cleansed

  59. Felipe Ryam
    Felipe Ryam
    7 dagen geleden

    Rina is EVERYTHING💕

  60. Amber Reese
    Amber Reese
    7 dagen geleden

    I heard chosen family playing over the speakers at my campus starbucks. I’ve never felt so proud 😭

  61. Erika Vegan Vixen
    Erika Vegan Vixen
    7 dagen geleden

    Chosen family 💜💜💜

  62. Rene Gandeza Jr.
    Rene Gandeza Jr.
    7 dagen geleden

    I am sure I'm not the only one who thinks this is one of the BEST Tiny Desk Concert performances, EVER. Rina is just explosive!

  63. Lifecouldbefun
    8 dagen geleden

    06:01 crying

  64. sui
    8 dagen geleden

    rina carrying entire british pop on her back

  65. Maxi Sokolovski
    Maxi Sokolovski
    8 dagen geleden

    q dise la desripsion? xD

  66. Maxi Sokolovski
    Maxi Sokolovski
    8 dagen geleden

    where was this?

  67. _ Anonymous _
    _ Anonymous _
    8 dagen geleden

    how dafuq did she get snubbed from the grammys

  68. mariaaalej
    8 dagen geleden

    everybody here is insanely attractive it's actually crazy

  69. matheus brandão
    matheus brandão
    8 dagen geleden

    oh my god Rina, just OH MY GOD.

  70. Jasper Cobb
    Jasper Cobb
    8 dagen geleden

    the drummer on spot shawty is so good

  71. tarika blue
    tarika blue
    8 dagen geleden

    i just keep coming back to this performance. she was in her element here

    1. OhNo George
      OhNo George
      7 dagen geleden

      She was at a tiny desk

  72. What Name?
    What Name?
    8 dagen geleden

    Sawayama I love you!!!❤❤❤

  73. sydney2v
    9 dagen geleden


  74. Marco Vásquez
    Marco Vásquez
    9 dagen geleden

    Rina te amoooo, que hermoso todo ♥️👌🏼 full package

  75. Uriel Santos
    Uriel Santos
    9 dagen geleden

    okay, we NEED these in some streaming platform!!

  76. Tanq Hristova
    Tanq Hristova
    9 dagen geleden

    it's so cool that the band is enjoying it as much as she is

  77. Rhyle Swoon
    Rhyle Swoon
    9 dagen geleden

    Cotton Candy Blue hair guy is 💙

  78. Ujjwal Sehrawat
    Ujjwal Sehrawat
    9 dagen geleden

    Obsessed ✕ Million

  79. Queen Ahdi
    Queen Ahdi
    9 dagen geleden

    omg I just wanna hear paradisn, love me for me, and akasaka sad live

  80. Dana García
    Dana García
    10 dagen geleden

    Such an ethereal voice

  81. Francisco de abreu
    Francisco de abreu
    10 dagen geleden

    Even the string quartet was touched by the Chosen Family performance, you can see in their faces that were holding back their tears

  82. Francisco de abreu
    Francisco de abreu
    10 dagen geleden


  83. Sofia Prado
    Sofia Prado
    10 dagen geleden

    she's the past the present and the future

  84. Christian Nicole
    Christian Nicole
    10 dagen geleden

    We need this live version of Dynasty and Chosen Family on Spotify! This has the same level as Cornelia Street Live in Paris. I love them both artists!

  85. Tiberiu Apetroaei
    Tiberiu Apetroaei
    10 dagen geleden

    You know Mary J. Blidge?

  86. Coleman Johnson
    Coleman Johnson
    10 dagen geleden


  87. Coleman Johnson
    Coleman Johnson
    10 dagen geleden


  88. ck13
    10 dagen geleden

    Everyone after rina does 3 songs: Gimme just a little bit 😳🤨 more 🤲🥰

  89. Adrian Barker
    Adrian Barker
    10 dagen geleden

    Her vocal range is insane

  90. Miranda D
    Miranda D
    10 dagen geleden


  91. Rio Coucou
    Rio Coucou
    10 dagen geleden

    OMG Luka Couffaine is part of the banddd

  92. Malen Pichipil
    Malen Pichipil
    10 dagen geleden

    BRUH WHATTTTT???1 im obsessed.d.....

  93. nomaari alone
    nomaari alone
    10 dagen geleden

    everyone in that room is just insanely so talented!!!!

  94. Rayleen Jayne
    Rayleen Jayne
    10 dagen geleden

    This is so different from anything I've heard before and I LOVE IT

  95. Douglas Carvalho
    Douglas Carvalho
    10 dagen geleden

    CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HER VOICE 2:45 ? come on range!

  96. you’re going in the soup
    you’re going in the soup
    10 dagen geleden

    back vocalists ate

  97. you’re going in the soup
    you’re going in the soup
    10 dagen geleden

    loved this so much and omg vic did awesome

  98. ffena
    10 dagen geleden

    the only bad thing about this is that is too short

  99. Aommeewang SSuwannasri
    Aommeewang SSuwannasri
    10 dagen geleden

    Wowwww​ 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  100. Phan Doanne
    Phan Doanne
    11 dagen geleden

    she's just oozing with talents