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Tinashe: Tiny Desk Concert

Tinashe has never been one-dimensional. With the many titles of singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and dancer under her belt, she came to the Tiny Desk and proved just that. A snow storm may have kept many Washington, D.C. natives in their home that day, but Tinashe was at the office bright and early with an infectious smile and spirit that would warm up any chill in the building.

Since starting her music career in 2007, Tinashe has created songs in genres spanning from pop to electro-R&B. And as the Aquarius said herself, "at this point, I've really demonstrated that I don't necessarily fit into one genre." At the Tiny Desk, Tinashe presents cuts from several different projects. First, comforting the crowd with the vulnerability of "Treason," from her album BB/Ang3l, accompanied by a vibraphone which she plays live for the first time ever. Tinashe switches gears with "Unconditional," the Kaytranada-produced track off her album 333. Then the artist performed one of her self-proclaimed favorite tracks, "Touch And Go," from her album Songs for You. To conclude her high-energy set, Tinashe performed her breakout single, "2 On," right on time for its 10-year anniversary. As I sang, danced and cheered along with the rest of the crowd, I thought to myself, this is a show worth trekking through the snow for.


  • "Treason"
  • "Unconditional"
  • "Touch & Go"
  • "2 On"


  • Tinashe: vocals, vibraphone
  • Darion Ja'Von: drums/musical director
  • Zach Fenske: mandolin, electric guitar
  • Sean Rosati: acoustic guitar
  • Edwin Carranza: bass
  • Phil Lewis: keys
  • Caleb Vaughn-Jones: cello
  • Crystal Alforque: violin


  • Producers: Bobby Carter, Alanté Serene
  • Director/Editor: Maia Stern
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Catie Dull
  • Audio Engineer: Hannah Gluvna
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Tiny Desk Copy Editor: Hazel Cills 
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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