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Watch Blood Orange's Dreamy Tiny Desk Concert

The singer preforms tracks from his critically acclaimed 2018 album 'Negro Swan" for the NPR concert series.

British-Sierra Leonean singer and songwriter, Dev Hynes also known as Blood Orange is the latest artist to bless NPR's Tiny Desk.

The artist released the critically acclaimed album Negro Swan last August, which explored themes of "black depression, black existence and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color," said the artist.

The artist took his unique talents to the popular concert series, performing a calming 20-minute set backed by singers Eva Tolkin and Ian Isiah as well as Jason Arce on saxophone.


The many highlights of the session include a soulful cover of the gospel legends', The Clark Sisters' "Holy Will" about halfway through the set, and a passionate spoken word performance from Ashlee Haze about feminist thought and falling in love with herself through the music of Missy Elliot, which she delivers at the end of the opening track "By Ourselves," from Hynes' 2016 album Freetown Sound.

The set list also includes the tracks "Jewelry" and "Dagenham Dream"—the final song the sees the multi-instrumentalist hop on the organ to close out an incredibly ethereal performance.

Check out the dreamy performance below. Negro Swan is now available everywhere.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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