Life can be hard sometimes, but a very cozy place on the web is always there for us: Tiny Desk. NPR music editor Stephen Thompson and the musician and host of the show, Bob Boilen, started this project. Both claim to have had the idea of creating these series after being at a bar listening to Laura Gibson and not hearing the music over a noisy crowd. They joked they should ask Laura to perform at Boilen’s desk.
And so, in 2008, the project that started as a joke began. The duo asked Laura to perform on the radio NPR music behind Bob Boilen’s desk, they recorded the session, and NPR posted the video a few days later.
After almost 15 years of these fantastic videos where the artists play a very intimate and profound set (often with acoustic or different musical arrangements) of the songs we already know and love. They’re still on, and they’re still a thing. Their only rule? No fancy PA systems. All musical equipment has to fit behind the iconic desk.
During the pandemic, the project merged and gave us Tiny Desk concerts (from home). On these occasions, the artists reunited with their bands and performed in a very tiny desk way to gift us with their music.
These concerts have been around for so long that they’re part of pop culture, have all types of styles and musicians, and are a way to promote culture and diversity. Hispanic artists have also been part of these series as guests and special guests for the Hispanic heritage month series.
At OCHO, we enjoy these relaxing and fun videos very much, so we decided to ask our team which was their favorite Tiny Desk concert by a Hispanic artist; here are the ones we ranked in our top 10.
1 - Natalia Lafourcade
2 - Jorge Drexler
3 - Café Tacuva
4 - Carlos Vives
5 - Juanes y Mon Laferte Tiny Desk
6 - Julieta Venegas
7 - Monsieur Periné
8 - Silvana Estrada
9 - Jenny and the Mexicats
10 - Maye: Tiny Desk (Home) concert