Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR


The Tiny Desk usually forces radical adjustments to an artist’s sound and elegance, however Santigold confronted greater than most. There was the stay band assembled for the event, which included George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow) on bass and drummer Chuck Treece, who’s labored with everybody from Unhealthy Brains to Billy Joel. There was the shortage of a microphone — and, by extension, vocal amplification — to not point out the truth that, as Santigold herself famous, “I do not know what I am doing up right here with no dancers.”

Luckily, Santi White has been revising and reinventing her sound for twenty years now. If something, performing her genre-straddling R&B and electro-pop with a stay band represented a return to roots, on condition that she’d spent the early 2000s singing within the punk band Stiffed — with Treece on drums, in actual fact. All the pieces about this set feels just like the end result of onerous work, from the customized preparations to the singer’s hair/hat combo, an architectural marvel that warrants nearer inspection. On condition that Santigold had canceled her North American tour weeks earlier — she flew into D.C. for this event — it is a marvel her Tiny Desk debut even occurred. Thank goodness it did.


  • “L.E.S. Artistes”
  • “I am A Woman”
  • “Shake”
  • “Fall First”
  • “Ain’t Received Sufficient”


  • Santigold (Santi White): vocals
  • Ray Brady: guitar, synth 
  • Chuck Treece: drums 
  • George Lewis Jr. (Twin Shadow): bass 
  • Melanie Nyema: background vocals 
  • Stephany Mora: background vocals 


  • Producer: Abby O’Neill
  • Director/Editor: Maia Stern
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Inventive Director: Bob Boilen
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Assistant: Natasha Department
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Jill Britton
  • Tiny Desk Workforce: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Kara Body, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


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