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Young Fathers' Stripped-Down NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers' uncharacteristically serene performance of "Am I Not Your Boy" & "Only Child" for NPR.


Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers have been on a lengthy tour in support of White Men Are Black Men Too, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning album DeadWhile stateside, band members ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole stopped by NPR to perform a stripped-down Tiny Desk Concert. On these live renditions of "Am I Not Your Boy" and "Only Child," the group rely on a sparse arrangement of vocals, light percussion and a single analog synthesizer for an uncharacteristically serene performance — a departure from the booming beats and rhymes of their live show. Watch Young Fathers play the two songs below and download the audio over at NPR. Catch the band on their remaining UK tour dates listed underneath.

Young Fathers UK Tour Dates

May 22 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

May 23 Knockengorroch, UK – World Ceilidh Festival

May 25 Manchester, UK – Gorilla

May 26 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

May 27 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach

May 28 London, UK – Koko

May 29 Brighton, UK – The Haunt

May 30 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms

Jun 01 Gloucester, UK – Guildhall

Jun 02 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 03 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds

Jun 04 Stoke-On-Trent, UK – The Sugarmill

Jun 05 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre

Jun 06 Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 07 Liverpool, UK – Kazimier

Jun 09 Edinburgh, UK – Central Hall

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