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Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK: Calma Carmona


Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK was the opening event of AFROPUNK’s “Black Spring” festival. The virtual celebration, hosted by Jorge “Gitoo” Wright, highlighted outstanding talent in Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean music across the globe. Our showcase featured four artists who honored their homes and celebrated the art their heritage has inspired.

LaTesha Harris | May 3, 2021
From her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Calma Carmona delivers a bewitching Tiny Desk performance. Her voice rarely rises above a whisper as she sings over impassioned Afrobeats during her three-song set — but when it does, it’s a gritty, intimidating growl. Carmona got her start in 2013 when the Latin soul singer-songwriter released her first EP and opened for Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Puerto Rico.


“When I Was Your Girl”
“Ella Se Mueve”

Calma Carmona: vocals
Pedro “PJ” González: guitar
Adrián “AJ” Rodríguez: bass
J. Rochet: keys
Gabriel Oliver: drums, barril
Andres “Kino” Cruz: barril
José “Junny” Elicier: barril
Athina Alejandra: vocals
Almonte Duluc: vocals
Yarinés Salgado: vocals

Video: Siempre Estudio Creativo, Christian Suau, Celso González, Anthony Edwin
Audio: J. Rochet, Dylan Burgos
Recorded at: Trade Space, San Juan Puerto Rico
Special Thanks: Artcommunity.io

Producer: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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