NPR has set the stage for their Black History Month celebration. The media outlet’s celebration will consist of a Tiny Desk Concert series honoring Black artists. Star artists like Kirk Franklin, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Wizkid are all set to participate in the concert series. Also, rising artists like Giveon and Rae Khalil will also participate in the series. Not to mention, Wynton Marsalis, Melanie Charles, Sampa The Great, KeiyaA, Bartees Strange, Immanuel Wilkins and Meshell Ndegeocello will also perform.
“Black music has always had a home at the Tiny Desk. As the series developed, our wonderful producers brought more hip hop and R&B artists to the Desk and challenged them to play within the format,” Bobby Carter of NPR Music stated.
“The innovative results resonated with audiences: it’s T-Pain minus auto-tune. It’s Gucci Mane with an upright piano. It’s Megan Thee Stallion with Phony Ppl. The month-long celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy it.”
The 13-date concert series will kick off on February 2 with Wynton Marsalis and run through February 25 when Kirk Franklin is set to perform.