Tank And The Bangas: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Bob Boilen | March 10, 2017 - Out of over 6,000 entries - more submissions than we've ever received - Tank And The Bangas won, unanimously, this year's Tiny Desk Contest. I fully expected their victory performance here at NPR headquarters in D.C. to be celebratory. I didn't know we'd all end up in tears.
This band combines R&B with hip-hop's poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans. Their winning song, "Quick," mixes liquor and revenge - a sort of modern day take on a great folk tale, but peppered with their own idiosyncratic flair and humor. What I couldn't see, until they took over my desk, was the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players. At one moment fun-filled funk, the next laid-back jazz, rhythm-driven blues - and it all flows seamlessly. And it's fun to watch: There's a magic kinship between Tarriona "Tank" Ball and Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph as they share singing roles, like two best friends finishing one another's sentences.
This is the third year that NPR Music has put out a call in hopes of finding a shining star. I'm still amazed how, after sifting through thousands of videos from abundantly talented musicians, we can find a common winner amongst a range of judges with such different musical backgrounds. But in the end, my All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Ben Hopkins (PWR BTTM), BANKS, and folks who listen to an awful lot of music - NPR member station hosts Rita Houston (WFUV), Talia Schlanger (WXPN), Stas THEE Boss (KEXP) - and myself were all equally charmed, delighted and captivated.
And so here it is, a chance to see an artist truly blossoming. It's just the beginning: A few years ago, for our first Contest, Fantastic Negrito won our hearts. This year he won a Grammy. Last year Gaelynn Lea, an unknown violinist, teacher and singer sent a video captured on a phone and won our affection and souls. A few weeks ago, her Tiny Desk Concert had been seen more than a million times. These days she's taken to the road, touring the world.
Tank And The Bangas will be hitting the road in April with NPR Music to find their new audience - I'll be along for the ride - visiting many of our member stations with help from those music-loving beer brewers at Lagunitas. I can't wait to see the reaction in these crowds' eyes, as they fill with wonder and tears like ours did, experiencing this band for the first time.
Set List
"Boxes And Squares"
Tarriona Tank Ball (vocals); Jelly Joseph (vocals); Merell Burkett Jr. (keys); Norman Spence II (keys); Joshua Johnson (drums); Jonathan Johnson (bass); Albert Allenback (saxophone)
Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nick Michael, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Production Assistants: A Noah Harrison, Ameeta Ganatra; Photo: Niki Walker/NPR.
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  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    27 dagen geleden

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    1. james carvalho
      james carvalho
      8 dagen geleden


    2. Xandria- TheMelanatedPhoenix
      Xandria- TheMelanatedPhoenix
      22 dagen geleden

      Lawd, I’m nervous but ok....

    3. Jen Lund
      Jen Lund
      24 dagen geleden

      Turned away from the news a decade ago and my mental, physical, social and business world have never been better... 😘

    4. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
      Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
      26 dagen geleden

      I love Tank and the Bangas, bring them back to the concert, I will be very happy, I love, I love them so much! thank you for existing, the bands you bring are wonderful! I love Tank and the BANGAS β€οΈβœ¨πŸŽ‰

  2. Brian 7
    Brian 7
    9 uur geleden

    Still stands as my favorite tiny desk.

  3. Rashonn
    Dag geleden

    If code switching was a genre It's giving black Broadway funny, entertaining and they sounds goodt

    1. Kirri Kay Monroe
      Kirri Kay Monroe
      19 uur geleden

      girl πŸ’―

  4. Charles Semenadisse
    Charles Semenadisse
    Dag geleden

    Putain vous Γͺtes trop forte les meufs !!!!! Love U so much

  5. Pierre
    Dag geleden

    Kinda gave me Jill Scott nice performance

  6. adri k.
    adri k.
    Dag geleden

    Pienso en las cosas feas q estΓ‘n pasando en el mundo. .pero me acuerdo q estΓ‘n tank and the bangas en tiny desk y todo se me pasa

  7. Harley Rae xo
    Harley Rae xo
    Dag geleden

    Wow gave me goosebumps πŸ₯° my fav tiny desk performance

  8. Cristina PΓ©rez
    Cristina PΓ©rez
    Dag geleden

    Just one word, uffff! 🀩

  9. cindy k
    cindy k
    2 dagen geleden

    Freaking awesome.

  10. Deanna Seguin
    Deanna Seguin
    2 dagen geleden

    I swear these Tiny desk concerts are getting me through these "Stay At Home" orders in Ontario Canada......more please!!!!!!

  11. mars9390
    2 dagen geleden

    20:11 sounds like some OutKast

  12. MelGusta
    2 dagen geleden

    Wowwww woww woww how is this my first time here 😭😭😭β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️ i’m blown away and i’m only at the first song

  13. Juan Jones
    Juan Jones
    2 dagen geleden

    The best tiny desk. Nothing comes close.

  14. Eduardo Roblero
    Eduardo Roblero
    2 dagen geleden

    Dear lord this was 4 years ago. I just found this epic and unique performance. Fell in love with their music, this definitely will make the replay list of tiny desk performers! That last song πŸ™„ got me all in my feels!! πŸ˜³πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ”₯πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  15. Suluhishi Heru
    Suluhishi Heru
    2 dagen geleden

    All I can say is..Wow!!!

  16. Kay Monae
    Kay Monae
    2 dagen geleden

    that last songs hits different πŸ₯Ί

  17. Daniel Fonseca
    Daniel Fonseca
    2 dagen geleden

    The Badu influence is strong in this one

  18. Nate Wallace
    Nate Wallace
    2 dagen geleden

    Billy Zanes lil brother on the sax

  19. Marley Wicker
    Marley Wicker
    3 dagen geleden

    the amount of times where I quietly sing "Joshua Johnson, Joshua Johnson on the drums like" to myself while doing work on my computer is unreal

  20. Angel Ramirez
    Angel Ramirez
    4 dagen geleden

    Simply wow πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  21. Amana Fernandes
    Amana Fernandes
    6 dagen geleden

    White boy in the back getting his life lol

  22. Sheila Caba
    Sheila Caba
    7 dagen geleden

    They are AWESOME!!!! Had the pleasure of seeing them live at a festival in Atl!!!!

  23. Daniel Woodward
    Daniel Woodward
    7 dagen geleden

    That audience! No.

  24. feijoada2902
    7 dagen geleden

    The new definition of funk.

  25. Connie Turner
    Connie Turner
    8 dagen geleden

    Bravo πŸŒ„πŸŒ…πŸŽ‡

  26. Becki Viner
    Becki Viner
    10 dagen geleden

    The Digitalnomads led me here

  27. selby masekela
    selby masekela
    10 dagen geleden

    Show me a more wholesome Tiny Desk performance

  28. Sharall Melton
    Sharall Melton
    11 dagen geleden

    You guys are so talented such a great sound plus your having fun.

  29. Barry Pike
    Barry Pike
    11 dagen geleden

    I'm another one who just cant stop listening to them. Amazing, and puts the so called popular music and artists to shame. I pray they come to the UK one day. I'm well up for that😎

  30. Daniel Irvine
    Daniel Irvine
    11 dagen geleden

    It's mind blowing how many bands and artists I have found through tiny desk

  31. Chelsea Durr
    Chelsea Durr
    12 dagen geleden

    Who even has the audacity to dislike this video...RUUUUUDE

  32. Myesha Gooden
    Myesha Gooden
    12 dagen geleden

    Untouched!!! 😩😩😩

  33. Nikki
    12 dagen geleden

    Been stuck at home feeling kind of meh and this just turned my day around.

  34. Mara
    15 dagen geleden

    This is a whole mental, emotional, and spiritual journey

  35. Curls Avenue
    Curls Avenue
    15 dagen geleden

    They're just dripping talent! Whoa!

  36. Nancy Rutland
    Nancy Rutland
    16 dagen geleden

    LOVE it!!! Unusual music genre!

  37. steve ridgway
    steve ridgway
    17 dagen geleden

    I've watched and listened to this performance many many times, and my stoke goes up each time. I am blown away at how completely cool tank and the bangas are. Totally stoked!!!!

  38. Marilyn Palmer
    Marilyn Palmer
    18 dagen geleden


  39. doctorgt3
    18 dagen geleden

    Just rewatched the Grammies for 2020.... t&tb were nominated for best new artist.... not sure about you but I’ve been watching this vid since 2016

  40. raul torres
    raul torres
    18 dagen geleden

    NΓ£o os conhecia... Que banda! Meus parabΓ©ns a todos pela sonzeira!!! Me emocionei ouvindo

  41. Hope Masha
    Hope Masha
    19 dagen geleden

    Years later I am back.

  42. Vic Vega
    Vic Vega
    20 dagen geleden

    smashed it

  43. Randall Maier
    Randall Maier
    21 dag geleden

    β€œI like that, Albert”...... me too!

  44. j j
    j j
    21 dag geleden


  45. Stones Jones
    Stones Jones
    22 dagen geleden

    Gives me a bit of Arrested Development vibes. Ps. I lost it when the white dude suddenly blasted out the flute

  46. PrinceOJProductions
    22 dagen geleden

    This not the one 🀣

  47. Jillian Watts
    Jillian Watts
    22 dagen geleden

    The damp apartment neatly escape because body proportionally arrive round a hulking camera. fluffy, boorish drum

  48. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    22 dagen geleden

    I love Tank and the Bangas ❀️

  49. Luis Bertoncini
    Luis Bertoncini
    22 dagen geleden


  50. gaulXtraining
    22 dagen geleden

    I don't even know what this was trying to be... but it missed the mark

  51. Andres Martinez
    Andres Martinez
    22 dagen geleden

    FantΓ‘stico! Love it!

  52. Eric Watts
    Eric Watts
    23 dagen geleden

    I'm so Blessed to have found them!!!! I love their sound!!!

  53. Nova NoirYT
    Nova NoirYT
    23 dagen geleden

    I’m glad my dad showed me this now I’m STUCK WITH THIS SONG 🎢 πŸ™„πŸ€š

  54. Kimberly Kenemore
    Kimberly Kenemore
    24 dagen geleden

    My 1st time hearing about them. I loved it!!

  55. Cris Webb
    Cris Webb
    24 dagen geleden

    The banana pants, she is adorable!

  56. Kotic Couture
    Kotic Couture
    24 dagen geleden

    Coming back here is my therapy

  57. 1st Think
    1st Think
    24 dagen geleden

    My God!!!

  58. ManiPHestDeZtiny
    24 dagen geleden

    This was my first time hearing this group & I just can’t stop coming back to this clip.

  59. Bianca Tatum
    Bianca Tatum
    25 dagen geleden

    All this emotion! I come back to this at least once a year. It gives me literal butterflies watching this. Imagine falling in love with this beautiful, colorful music as the theme track.

  60. Mir Mercuri
    Mir Mercuri
    25 dagen geleden

    This tiny desk has helped me more than my therapist

  61. feijoada2902
    25 dagen geleden

    Absolutely amazing and fantastic, the pure art feeling watching this!

  62. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    26 dagen geleden


  63. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    26 dagen geleden

    every time I go to NLlike I have to see Tank and the Bangas, otherwise my day will be incomplete ❀️😍🌺

  64. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
    26 dagen geleden

    I love Tank and the Bangas ❀️ I LOVE TANK AND THE BANGAS ❀️

  65. Diez Pesos
    Diez Pesos
    26 dagen geleden


    1. Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
      Mundo dos Cactos e Suculentas
      26 dagen geleden

      I love Tank and the Bangas ❀️

  66. Diez Pesos
    Diez Pesos
    26 dagen geleden


  67. Diez Pesos
    Diez Pesos
    26 dagen geleden

    Tarriona ❀️

  68. Diez Pesos
    Diez Pesos
    26 dagen geleden

    Absolutely ❀️

  69. Seonaid Kabiah
    Seonaid Kabiah
    27 dagen geleden

    she need to leave that man alone, his stimulus didn't hit yet.

  70. Tiffwashington Ass
    Tiffwashington Ass
    28 dagen geleden

    Love πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    29 dagen geleden


  72. SimpUnlimited
    29 dagen geleden


    1. NAO BRASIL - TV
      29 dagen geleden

      Tank and the Bangas I love ❀️

  73. Zia Explosivo
    Zia Explosivo
    Maand geleden

    Every time I watch this I vibe so hard I’m moved to tears of joy. Tank and the Bangas fill me with so much gratitude

  74. Carl Bernard
    Carl Bernard
    Maand geleden

    This performance makes me smile no matter how many times i watch it.

  75. DragQueenTV
    Maand geleden

    Oh Sis Im soooo doing that gorg hairstyle!!! Amazing vocalsssss!!

  76. Michael Nwoye
    Michael Nwoye
    Maand geleden

    Better late than never.

  77. eli_bwr
    Maand geleden

    Their music is performed so well. It almost feels like a drama piece and it works so well. My first introduction to their music but it won’t be the last. Great stuff

  78. Dennis Ward
    Dennis Ward
    Maand geleden

    11.5 million views. Must be doing something right :)

  79. Amy Shrestha
    Amy Shrestha
    Maand geleden

    Talented and groove is lit

  80. Jaeven Montevirgen
    Jaeven Montevirgen
    Maand geleden

    idc. i want everybody to introduce me like that

  81. Saro
    Maand geleden

    back again

  82. ickypikynikki
    Maand geleden

    Hey I’m a newbie to tank and the bangers... Refreshing

  83. Romina Funes
    Romina Funes
    Maand geleden

    Inmensas... mΓ‘gicas... espirituales... trascendentales

  84. JK Jk
    JK Jk
    Maand geleden


  85. virginia serban
    virginia serban
    Maand geleden

    Geniuses! Inlove

  86. Andraye Speed & Co.
    Andraye Speed & Co.
    Maand geleden

    I've watched this a million times and it never gets old! Tank and the Bangas are super dope!

  87. laina J
    laina J
    Maand geleden

    When they show the audience= πŸ”₯

  88. madeline
    Maand geleden

    this is an experience if ive ever felt one... you can feel the energy leaking through the screen. and i know comparisons are the devil but cant help but hear allen tousaint's influence.

  89. Arianna Cheree
    Arianna Cheree
    Maand geleden

    I know a poet when I see one! Team SNO

  90. Trust in YAHSHUA
    Trust in YAHSHUA
    Maand geleden

    Wow, what a beautiful ride this was! I don't want to get off... The Talent is Surreal

  91. Ms.Madame Monroe
    Ms.Madame Monroe
    Maand geleden


    Maand geleden

    I'm ALWAYS late, they're NEW to me. I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this. Never heard of them until today, but this is what you call UNIQUE, DIFFERENT AND VERY CREATIVE. Poetry meets lyrics. This is very good.

  93. Cas Creed
    Cas Creed
    Maand geleden

    This was so spiritual and healing πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  94. Blacma32
    Maand geleden

    Since I discovered them in 2017 it’s 2021 and this is still πŸ’―πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏ

  95. Rhee Ryder
    Rhee Ryder
    Maand geleden

    Back for the 100th time...Cuz this is a therapy session. 😍

  96. drg
    Maand geleden

    Man, I love this energy.

  97. bing rijper
    bing rijper
    Maand geleden

    This is what people are missing of 2020 and 2021 the healing of live music. The power of forgetting life problems and issues being transported in the now and not worrying about your future or what happened in your past but just filled with pure ecstasy of good music.

  98. Patricia Williams
    Patricia Williams
    Maand geleden

    Me TooπŸ™ŒπŸ‘€

  99. John Able
    John Able
    Maand geleden

    Yo, get involved with making a sound track with Disney and then you can pay it forward to the world

  100. orange moon glows
    orange moon glows
    Maand geleden

    i'm still listening to this 4 years later.