Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK: Calma Carmona

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Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK was the opening event of AFROPUNK's "Black Spring" festival. The virtual celebration, hosted by Jorge "Gitoo" Wright, highlighted outstanding talent in Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean music across the globe. Our showcase featured four artists who honored their homes and celebrated the art their heritage has inspired.
LaTesha Harris | May 3, 2021
From her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Calma Carmona delivers a bewitching Tiny Desk performance. Her voice rarely rises above a whisper as she sings over impassioned Afrobeats during her three-song set - but when it does, it's a gritty, intimidating growl. Carmona got her start in 2013 when the Latin soul singer-songwriter released her first EP and opened for Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Puerto Rico.
"When I Was Your Girl"
"Ella Se Mueve"
Calma Carmona: vocals
Pedro "PJ" González: guitar
Adrián "AJ" Rodríguez: bass
J. Rochet: keys
Gabriel Oliver: drums, barril
Andres "Kino" Cruz: barril
José "Junny" Elicier: barril
Athina Alejandra: vocals
Almonte Duluc: vocals
Yarinés Salgado: vocals
Video: Siempre Estudio Creativo, Christian Suau, Celso González, Anthony Edwin
Audio: J. Rochet, Dylan Burgos
Recorded at: Trade Space, San Juan Puerto Rico
Special Thanks: Artcommunity.io
Producer: Abby O'Neill
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#nprmusic #tinydesk #calmacarmona #afropunk


  1. Robot Overlord
    Robot Overlord
    Dag geleden

    Needs more computer screens.

  2. MalaCara
    2 dagen geleden

    Mucho éxito compa ✊🏾✊🏾🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥✊🏾✊🏾

  3. Maria Dumey Rosario
    Maria Dumey Rosario
    4 dagen geleden

    Love her vibes 💕

  4. Sofia
    5 dagen geleden


  5. Marie Aikenhead
    Marie Aikenhead
    5 dagen geleden

    Obessed with the singer in the gloves

  6. Priscila Melo
    Priscila Melo
    6 dagen geleden

    this look at 5:51 🤯

  7. J EIGHT K
    7 dagen geleden

    2 mins in the punk is not coming through Cool band though

  8. ConOnC
    8 dagen geleden

    playing in the logistic center of CIA

  9. Niko Ventura
    Niko Ventura
    8 dagen geleden

    If you listen to the first song in 1.5 speed, it gives the song a completely different feel. I accidentally had it set like that and when I heard her speaking hella fast, I went back and replayed it.

    1. namae mikado
      namae mikado
      5 dagen geleden

      that's exactly dub

  10. Bosupi MOgapi
    Bosupi MOgapi
    9 dagen geleden

    Calling for Lorine Chia

  11. Valerie Maynard
    Valerie Maynard
    9 dagen geleden

    I'm hooked! Specially when you hear REAL MUSIC!

  12. Cristian Castro
    Cristian Castro
    9 dagen geleden

    Oh my God that bass.. ❤️

  13. Lena Kilpatrick
    Lena Kilpatrick
    9 dagen geleden

    She favors Denise from the Cosby Show years ago🥰love the vibrations she’s giving

  14. Laurence MARTINET
    Laurence MARTINET
    10 dagen geleden


  15. David Hodges
    David Hodges
    10 dagen geleden

    Singer: "Break It Down Now!" Band: Continues to play the exact same groove. lol Cool sound though. The singer kind of reminds me of Moloko.

  16. Migle Vo
    Migle Vo
    10 dagen geleden

    OMG thank you for bringing this amazing performer and music and band into my corner of Earth, I am in love xoxoxo

  17. Angelika Dibbasey
    Angelika Dibbasey
    10 dagen geleden

    Sehr schöner Song year ❤

  18. F
    11 dagen geleden

    me encaaaaanta vibra. la niña esta con pintas de zach de la rocha, rodeá de ordenatas - parece que estemos en la mega fiesta de matrix 3 xD bravissimo!

  19. Clinton Little
    Clinton Little
    11 dagen geleden

    I just closed my eyes and fell 🎧

  20. Kevin Flowers
    Kevin Flowers
    11 dagen geleden

    Why they gotta flex their Robinhood account in the background?

  21. Josepha
    12 dagen geleden

    Que mujer mas hermosaaa😍 me encanta

  22. Alexandre Maia
    Alexandre Maia
    12 dagen geleden

    A suggestion to the next videos from this band: use the most powerful camera and lens to the wide angles. It will guarantee good images of entire band together at least. (and/or think about use more lights, for sure...)

  23. Luna GEM
    Luna GEM
    12 dagen geleden

    This Is Epic and Wonderful Has My Head Up High

  24. FieldOptimizer
    12 dagen geleden

    Proud to be a sponsor.

  25. Dawn Collins
    Dawn Collins
    12 dagen geleden

    I am always glad to discover an artist I have never heard. Thank you Tiny Desk!!!♡︎♡︎♡︎♡︎

  26. John West IV
    John West IV
    12 dagen geleden

    What an unexpected birthday treat!

    1. K P
      K P
      12 dagen geleden

      Happy Birthday fellow Taurus ♉️. Mine was April 29th ✨✨✨

  27. Dhark Knight
    Dhark Knight
    13 dagen geleden

    This episode was streamed outta 24's CTU!

  28. Hookemups
    13 dagen geleden

    tiny desk puts out some amazing things.. everyone in there can play or sing.. thank you.

  29. Jardim Bernardo
    Jardim Bernardo
    13 dagen geleden


  30. Cute doughnut 123 lil rey
    Cute doughnut 123 lil rey
    13 dagen geleden


  31. Lolop Callulu
    Lolop Callulu
    13 dagen geleden

    so so cool

  32. chiiitmeng
    13 dagen geleden

    Love this woman! ♥️♥️♥️

  33. Renan
    13 dagen geleden

    OMG I love it when Tiny Desk shows me good artists like this, such a great discover

  34. Eric Chung
    Eric Chung
    13 dagen geleden

    really great!

  35. whytheracecardisplayed
    13 dagen geleden

    Aunt flow

    13 dagen geleden


    13 dagen geleden


  38. Yasser Cheriet
    Yasser Cheriet
    13 dagen geleden

    The blonde back vocals girl is the ultimate representation of chill

  39. Luke Brave
    Luke Brave
    13 dagen geleden

    Super talented and hot 🧨🔥

  40. Lionel Flores
    Lionel Flores
    13 dagen geleden

    My jam

  41. Stefanie
    13 dagen geleden

    woooooa the vibes of the second song!!! Fell straight in love with the music

  42. Karibik Underwater
    Karibik Underwater
    13 dagen geleden

    Caribe en alta Puñeta !

  43. Nico Martínez
    Nico Martínez
    13 dagen geleden

    THIS is value investing.

  44. Anita G
    Anita G
    13 dagen geleden

    I need lyrics !

  45. Steven Pittman
    Steven Pittman
    13 dagen geleden

    Tiny desk meets AfroPunk that's cool

  46. Jim Lahey
    Jim Lahey
    13 dagen geleden

    2 Djembe players?

  47. Zen Atman
    Zen Atman
    13 dagen geleden

    Erykah bad u vibes wowzers

  48. Victor Roman
    Victor Roman
    13 dagen geleden

    Que viva el INDI gracias por limpiarme los oídos de tanta mmmmm....en la radio....

  49. Rag E
    Rag E
    13 dagen geleden


  50. BabezBeLit
    13 dagen geleden

    Yaaas Hunty!! 🔥🔥🔥👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  51. Lonestar Englund
    Lonestar Englund
    13 dagen geleden

    Like a mix between Amy wine house and Bob Marley ❤️

  52. CokeTube
    13 dagen geleden

    No estaba preparado para esa bomba de belleza de la primera toma

  53. Manolo Vicente
    Manolo Vicente
    13 dagen geleden

    ¡Barriles de bomba con Calma!

  54. Bart Coster
    Bart Coster
    13 dagen geleden

    Thank you NLlike algorithm!

  55. Screamifyoumeanit
    13 dagen geleden

    "On your bad day, I got you".

  56. ParkKookliet JeonJimeo
    ParkKookliet JeonJimeo
    13 dagen geleden

    Testing my sexuality alright

  57. Giovane Junior
    Giovane Junior
    13 dagen geleden

    i love you calma ❤🇵🇷

  58. Chidi Uma
    Chidi Uma
    13 dagen geleden

    Never change NPR! Never change!

  59. JacksonPacckk
    13 dagen geleden


  60. celifacejones
    13 dagen geleden

    So this is who Willow Smith is copying...

  61. Vale Espejo
    Vale Espejo
    13 dagen geleden

    what a empowered women!!

  62. Jim Hollands
    Jim Hollands
    13 dagen geleden


  63. Paul Tee
    Paul Tee
    13 dagen geleden

    Voodoo Boys gettting the music biz.

  64. Lottie-Mae Jordana
    Lottie-Mae Jordana
    13 dagen geleden

    Not my jam unfortunately, but I am so ready for Afropunk Fest Paris

  65. Chelsea Quickfall
    Chelsea Quickfall
    13 dagen geleden

    Zoe Kravitz’s mother looks beautiful as ever

    1. Anita G
      Anita G
      13 dagen geleden


    14 dagen geleden

    que tiene sobre la cabeza esa señorita?

  67. Beijaxol
    14 dagen geleden

    This is the whitest “Afropunk” I’ve ever seen. Where was this made, Sweden?

    1. Anita G
      Anita G
      12 dagen geleden

      @vazarus paytonas You're right lol hold on drama queen 👑!

    2. vazarus paytonas
      vazarus paytonas
      12 dagen geleden

      @Anita G Notice how you go after me when @Bijaxol made that comment. You're too funny.

    3. Anita G
      Anita G
      13 dagen geleden

      @vazarus paytonas your just mad she's there ... And your on your phone

    4. Staffan Olofsson
      Staffan Olofsson
      13 dagen geleden

      Right, it is from the Swedish Puerto Rico

    5. vazarus paytonas
      vazarus paytonas
      14 dagen geleden


  68. Craigslist Replies
    Craigslist Replies
    14 dagen geleden

    I assumed Afropunk would highlight Black/Africans 🙄

    1. Violet Rose
      Violet Rose
      11 dagen geleden

      Me too lol. But, honestly, we need to start embracing our globalism. The culture is just amazing, and if it calls to others and they handle it with care, who are we to gatekeep?

    2. Craigslist Replies
      Craigslist Replies
      13 dagen geleden

      ​ @S _ She is a WHITE Latina

    3. S _
      S _
      13 dagen geleden

      She is are you blind? Latinos can be black too.

  69. Tatiana Morales
    Tatiana Morales
    14 dagen geleden

    Major Amy Winehouse vibes

    1. Anita G
      Anita G
      13 dagen geleden

      I thought this was ska ...

  70. Tatiana Morales
    Tatiana Morales
    14 dagen geleden

    WOW. Why am I just hearing this artist??

  71. Hermosa_Rosa_Blanca
    14 dagen geleden

    Beautiful 😍😍🔥🔥🔥🌡🌡⚡⚡📈📈🚨🚨

  72. veronica
    14 dagen geleden

    I got a little in love with her and I’m straight :’)

    1. Shalayne Green
      Shalayne Green
      3 dagen geleden

      When I first saw/heard this, my only thought, Amy Winehouse merged with E-Badu for the ultimate Neo Soul experience. Love it!

    2. Teddi Haynes
      Teddi Haynes
      9 dagen geleden

      @/WSNX who asked

    3. Ben B
      Ben B
      13 dagen geleden

      Nobody is ever 100% straight, and that's okay.

    4. Biggjoe 172
      Biggjoe 172
      13 dagen geleden

      Nothing wrong with it

    5. Staffan Olofsson
      Staffan Olofsson
      13 dagen geleden

      Lol. I can understand

  73. AR
    14 dagen geleden

    This is just pure Vibes... didn't know who the band was, didn't understand the lyrics but loved the energy. Tiny Desk Concert is amazing in that I keep finding new genres & artists through it.

  74. Carlos Babilonia
    Carlos Babilonia
    14 dagen geleden

    100 x 👍🏼 I love tiny desk y cuando se trata de una Boricua con talento, muchas gracias 🙏🏼 Calma y equipo + tiny desk thank you 🙏🏼

  75. Triston Antoine
    Triston Antoine
    14 dagen geleden

    Love! Yay Afropunk!!!

  76. Nico
    14 dagen geleden

    Seems like Erika Badu 20 years after.

  77. Balthazar TyshoW
    Balthazar TyshoW
    14 dagen geleden

    🎵🎶 🌸 🎶🎵

  78. JM Dromanah 2.0
    JM Dromanah 2.0
    14 dagen geleden


  79. Anita G
    Anita G
    14 dagen geleden

    I really wish she would do a song with bad bunny uhhh and alicia keys to vibe with her I'll faint !

    1. K P
      K P
      12 dagen geleden

      @Anita G Her and Jhene ✨

    2. Anita G
      Anita G
      14 dagen geleden

      @John-Adrian Coker yes what about jhene aiko the possibilities are endless with her versitality

    3. John-Adrian Coker
      John-Adrian Coker
      14 dagen geleden

      I CAN HEAR IT NOW!!! 😌👌🏾 I also think her & Cleo Sol would make great music together.

  80. Maria Salinas
    Maria Salinas
    14 dagen geleden

    Immaculate vibes !!

  81. Didem Caia
    Didem Caia
    14 dagen geleden

    Love her

  82. Will Budic
    Will Budic
    14 dagen geleden

    Interesting, not punk. :)

    1. Will Budic
      Will Budic
      14 dagen geleden

      @Hi’emeh Barron Just seen, incredible vocals (unrelated different sphere) -> AMAZING! This Girl Gets A GOLDEN TICKET Covering "LA LLORONA"! | Castings 1 | Idol Kids 2020 And wrote, before seeing it: How, can trust, Mexico, tell me about Columbia? Never been, seen beautiful people, way sought. Invited, land both countries, greeted with, again! bud@

    2. Hi’emeh Barron
      Hi’emeh Barron
      14 dagen geleden

      I partly agree if you strictly mean hardcore...but it sounds a lot like The Clash when you listen to it. But yeah, Afropunk as an event sold out and went for popular dollars over the underground scene.

    3. Will Budic
      Will Budic
      14 dagen geleden

      @Anita G Funk and Jazz is related. Funk being fun pop vision.

    4. Anita G
      Anita G
      14 dagen geleden

      That's what I said but I'll take it i thought this was funk

    5. Will Budic
      Will Budic
      14 dagen geleden

      @Lucky Dave Spot on ;)

  83. Pentameron
    14 dagen geleden

    0:04 - *When I Was Your Girl* (5:17) 5:47 - *Ella Se Mueve* 8:46 - *Vibra* [12:05 - Tiny Desk team]

  84. Samugol XIII
    Samugol XIII
    14 dagen geleden

    I know it has probably something to do with music, but the background really DOES LOOK LIKE A TRADER'S HIDEOUT with all those charts and stuff...

    1. löschen
      14 dagen geleden

      And I thought it was the reason that the vaccines take so long ... everyone chills their base 😅😂

    2. Lyonel Ude
      Lyonel Ude
      14 dagen geleden

      nope, it's trade :D "Recorded at: Trade Space, San Juan Puerto Rico"

  85. Csguy
    14 dagen geleden

    Twerks electronically

    1. Anita G
      Anita G
      14 dagen geleden


  86. Bart Rozema
    Bart Rozema
    14 dagen geleden

    Good vibes!

  87. revolut
    14 dagen geleden


  88. lil discoloured
    lil discoloured
    14 dagen geleden

    electronic twerking

    1. 4443a4 G
      4443a4 G
      14 dagen geleden

      What part of their music made you think twerking??

  89. nothaloka7
    14 dagen geleden

    Gracias x invitar artistas latinos, Calma te sigo desde aquella rola con Randy Nota loca!

  90. Anita G
    Anita G
    14 dagen geleden

    😍😍😍😍😍 💦💦💦 right vibe with my soul !

  91. EseEilien
    14 dagen geleden

    PR en la Casa Baby 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷