Bokanté feature as part of GroundUP Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Bokanté feature in the latest episode of NPR's long-running series, Tiny Desk. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the episode was unable to take place in the usual surroundings of NPR's office in Washington D.C., but instead features a total of 18 musicians recorded from their homes, especially for the occasion.

For this Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, Bokanté are joined by American singer-songwriter Becca Stevens and jazz singer and composer Alina Engibaryan. All three acts are on the roster of GroundUP Music, a record label created by Snarky Puppy and Bokanté founder, Michael League. In addition, jazz fans will be impressed by special guests Gregory Porter, Brad Mehldau and Chris Potter, who appear throughout the course of the 20-minute set.

Bokanté performed ‘Réparasyon’, which features on their second, Grammy-nominated album, What Heat (released on Real World Records in 2018). It’s a highly political song which resonates particularly for the times we are living in.

With the rise of black liberation movements around the world, this is a crucial time to remind everyone that people of African descent need the slave trade officially recognized as a crime against humanity and need reparations and restitutions of stolen goods,” vocalist and songwriter Malika Tirolien says. “Getting justice is the only way we can begin a process of forgiveness and healing.”

GroundUP Music with Becca Stevens, Bokanté, Alina Engibaryan And More: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Featured release

  • What Heat

    Bokanté + Metropole Orkest (Conducted by Jules Buckley)

    Released 27 September 2018

    Bokanté traces the blues from its roots in Africa and the Arab world throughout the diaspora and into a modern context. Led by Michael League (Snarky Puppy), the album features Guadeloupean vocalist Malika Tirolien and is a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest and arranger/conductor Jules Buckley.

By Online Editor

Published on Tue, 27 October 20

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