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Lido Pimienta: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music presents four very special Tiny Desk (home) concerts recorded especially for this week.

Colombian vocalist Lido Pimienta has had one of the musical highlights of a year marked by tragedy and uncertainty. The healing magic of her album Miss Colombia transfers beautifully to this visually stunning Tiny Desk (home) concert. (Extra points if you can spot the tiny Tiny Desk!)

Backed up by a bevy of international musicians based in her new home of Toronto (I see you, members of the Cuban group Okan), you can hear for yourself how Pimienta's quartet of songs challenge the concept of just what qualifies as "Latin music" in a way that both honors and expands tradition.

There is added poignancy to the video; the visual theme is a quinceañera, a coming of age tradition that Pimienta could not share with her mother who had to flee Colombia. With her mom present at the video shoot, Pimienta uses her energetic performances to close a dramatic circle with her mom as we celebrate with her.


  • "Eso Que Tu Haces"
  • "Nada"
  • "Coming Thru"
  • "Resisto Y Ya"

  • Lido Pimienta: vocals
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez (of Okan): vocals, violin
  • Magdelys Savigne (of Okan): vocals, percussion
  • Karen Ng: saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Tara Kannangara : trumpet
  • Felicity Williams: vocals
  • Robin Dann: vocals
  • Isla Craig: vocals
  • Ivy Farquhar-McDonnell: vocals
  • Prince Nifty: vocals, synthesizer
  • Brandon Valdivia: percussion
  • Reimundo Sosa: percussion

  • Video By: Andres Landau
  • Directors: Lido Pimienta, Andres Landau
  • Cinematography: Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden, Rodrigo Michelangeli
  • 1st AC/Camera Operator: Carine Zahner
  • Art Direction: Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea
  • Edited By: Andres Landau
  • Hair: Chason Yeboah
  • Make-up: Marisa Tipkanok
  • Art Department: Rosario Paz, Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea
  • Color: Zach Cox
  • Audio By: Prince Nifty, Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher, Jarrett Bartlett
  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Video Producer: Maia Stern
  • Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
  • Performed and Recorded at Victory Social Club Studio in Toronto, Canada

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    Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.