From Sept. 15 by Oct. 15, Tiny Desk is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with an El Tiny takeover, that includes Jessie Reyez, Lady Extremely and extra musicians from all corners of Latinidad.
On the Babel library and bookstore in Lima, Peru, Susana Baca is surrounded by books, wine and percussion. Along with their devices, her band members play the desk they sit round itself, an natural setting that blurs the boundaries between music and context. “Estamos aqui, todos unidos por la música en este bello pupitre,” she laughs: “We’re right here, all united by music at this stunning desk.” The percussive fugue of “Molino Molero” ends sharply earlier than, in contrast, the unwound and languorous “Dämmerung” stretches beneath her clarion voice.
Along with being a musician, Baca has labored as an ethnomusicologist, a schoolteacher and Peru’s former Minister of Tradition; she’s a curator of folklore and tradition of the best order. All through her El Tiny efficiency, the digicam shifts to an overhead shot of the desk, that includes her 2021 album Palabras Urgentes beside a number of books and a word that claims “Eres lo que lees” (You’re what you learn). Her efficiency, like all of her music, is intimate as a result of it is located, musically and thematically, in a selected time and place.
Throughout her many careers, Baca’s work is at all times in service of preserving and honoring African and Indigenous artwork types. Her rendition of “Sorongo,” written by Puerto Rican composer Tite Curet Alonso, is an electrical and pulsing homage, transmuting the salsa of the unique to a meditation pushed by the drums, cajón and cheko, grounding the narrative of African enslavement throughout Latin America in Afro-Peruvian percussion. The identical goes for her nearer, a salsafied model of Chabuca Granda’s “Canterurías,” which she introduces as “Afro-Peruvian bonus monitor en Babel!”
On this library, you’re what you learn. Joyfully operating her fingers alongside the spines of books behind her, Baca reminds us not simply of the important texts, however the right way to look at them with intention, precision and rapture.
- “Molino Molero”
- Susana Baca: vocals
- Óscar Huaranga: bass
- Jonathan Mendoza: acoustic guitar, vocals
- Alex Quijandría: percussion, vocals
- Manuel Mejía: percussion, vocals
- Luis Miguel: percussion
- Renzo Vignati: electrical guitar
- Juan Carlos: piano, violin
- Producer: Ricardo Pereira
- Director: Giancarlo Aponte
- Cameras: Gustavo de la Torre Casal, William Marquina, Jair Guillén, Fernando Galván
- Artwork and Styling: Amaro Casanova
- Digital camera Grip & Dolly: Omar Salazar
- Enhancing and Coloration: Giancarlo Aponte
- Audio Recording Engineer: Fico Hoyle
- Mixing and Mastering: Óscar Huaranga
- Filmed at Babel library and bookstore
TINY DESK TEAM
- Producer: Anamaria Sayre
- Video Editor: Joshua Bryant
- Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
- Tiny Manufacturing Workforce: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Body, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer, Felix Contreras, Fi O’Reilly
- VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
- Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann