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Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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.


Recording from her apartment in Brooklyn, award-winning Argentine vocalist and songwriter Sofia Rei provides a concert that blends South American folk traditions with experimental pop and electronic music. That mix of tradition and modernity extends to her surroundings, which features traditional iconography, robotic 'saints,' exuberant plants and looping pedals. This performance took place during the opening night of our 2021 festival. --globalFEST

SET LIST

  • "Un Mismo Cielo" (The Same Sky)
  • "Negro Sobre Blanco" (Black On White)
  • "Escarabajo Digital" (Digital Beetle)
  • MUSICIANS

  • Sofia Rei: vocals, charango, electronics
  • JC Maillard: guitar, bass, programming, background vocals
  • Leo Genovese: keys
  • Jorge Glem: cuatro
  • Ana Carmela Rodriguez Contramaestre: background vocals, percussion
  • CREDITS

  • Recording Engineer: Rafael Urbina
  • Mixing Engineer: JC Maillard
  • Photography: Esteban Veras
  • Camera: Armando Ortega Toribio
  • Editor: Christine Vaindirlis

  • Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST

    TINY DESK TEAM

  • 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
  • GLOBALFEST TEAM

  • 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
  • Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.