Carlos Vives: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music presents four very special Tiny Desk Home Concerts recorded especially for this week.

Felix Contreras | October 14, 2020
Vocalist Carlos Vives kicks things off in high gear on this Tiny Desk (home) concert with his trademark sound: a celebration of the music from his beloved home country of Colombia, mixed with rock and other Latin music style.

Spirited champeta dance grooves from the country’s Pacific coast permeate his classic 1995 hit “Pa’ Mayte,” and if you look closely you’ll see two of his backup vocalists also playing traditional gaitas Colombianas (flutes). They are used to spectacular effect as a transition between the title cut of his new album Colombiana and “La Bicicleta” (originally recorded with his compatriot Shakira), a vallenato fueled by a bit of reggaeton.

Presenting Carlos Vives has special resonance this week as his latest album recently picked up six Latin Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.

Felicidades, Carlitos! And oye, adding that NPR coffee mug to your desk? Nice touch!

"Pa' Mayte"
"La Bicicleta"
"No Te Vayas"

Carlos Vives: vocals
Martin Velilla: drums
Guillermo Vadalá: bass
Andrés Leal: guitar
Mayte Montero: vocals, gaita
Tato Marenco: vocals, gaita
Guianko Gómez: vocals
Christian Camilo Peña: accordion, vocals

Video By: Michelle Jayme, Isabel Vásquez, Jorge Gonzalez Graupera, Antal Steinbach
Audio By: Andrés Leal, Martín Velilla, Daniel Cortés, Galerazamba Producciones, Sancho Gomez-Escolar
Producer: Felix Contreras
Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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