Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST 2023 : NPR

For the third consecutive year, NPR partnered with globalFEST in January 2023 to host a thrilling online music festival called Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. Hosted by African pop star Angélique Kidjo, it’s her three nights, nine bands and a world of musical tradition. We are now listing all of her festival sets as individual Tiny Desk (home) concerts. To view translations of these videos,[CC]Click the button.

Noura Mint Seymali is one of Mauritania’s leading artists on the international stage. Drawing on the timeless repertoire of Moore’s griots, a genetic class of music poets and historians, her band fused traditional Mauritanian instruments within an electrified psychedelic rock band, a hypnotic It evokes a full-fledged sandstorm of jutsu grooves. Extending sounds born from her Arab and sub-Saharan roots, her Noura Mint Seymali bends the arc of Moorish musical traditions to fit the contemporary moment.

set list

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  • “effect”
  • “pretty”


  • Noura Mint Seymali: Vocals, Ardin
  • El Jeich Chagaly: guitar
  • Usman Toure: bass
  • Matthew Tinali: Drums


  • Producer: Matthew Tinali
  • Audio: Dahman Ba
  • Video: Dahman Ba, Line Diop, 2F Xaliss
  • Thanks to Levrig Restaurant in Nouakchott.

small desk team

  • Creative Director: Bob Boylen
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Editing: Joshua Bryant
  • Tiny Desk Team: Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer

global fest team

  • Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin
  • 2023 Curators: Shanta Sake, Isabelle Soffer, Bill Bragin, Meera Dugal
  • Event Producer: Ian Thake
  • Host: Angelique Kidjo
  • Legal Services: Tamizdart
  • Legal Services: Duane Morris
  • Video production: Karim Taba


  • Melon Foundation
  • National Foundation for the Arts
  • New York City Department of Culture

Special thanks:

  • Ken Umezaki
  • Fabian Arsartany
  • Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • David Komar

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