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Fireboy DML: 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.


Dearly beloved: we are gathered here today to get through this thing called "Afro-life." Surrounded by lush greenery and soft lavender lighting, Fireboy DML makes his Tiny Desk (home) concert debut from Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigerian singer-songwriter delivers the three-song set with an earnest reverence – his warm vocals reflecting a depth of passion and devotion best attributed to being brought up in a church choir.

Fireboy DML describes his wide-ranging sound – a fusion of R&B, Afrobeats, pop and alté (Nigeria's alternative scene) – as "Afro-life." This ambient, feel-good experimentation emerged in 2018 with his breakout single, "Jealous." He went on to drop his debut album, Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps, in 2019 and his sophomore album Apollo in 2020. A member of YBNL Nation, a record label founded by Nigerian rapper Olamide, Fireboy DML is pushing the vanguard of Afropop alongside contemporaries like Rema, Joeboy and Oxlade. His third album, Playboy, is forthcoming.

SET LIST

  • "Like I Do"
  • "Tattoo"
  • "Peru"
  • MUSICIANS

  • Fireboy DML: vocals
  • Vibe Kings (backing band)
  • Best Amakhian: guitar
  • Femi Jacobs Isaac: keyboard
  • Ebenezar Olayinka: drums
  • Julius Olabiyi: trumpet
  • Ayodele Olusegun: bass
  • CREDITS

  • Video: Greene 'Abula' Abdulazeez, Bolaji Kareem, Tina Jaiyesinmi, Eniola Awode
  • Audio: Glitch Africa, Don Zenith, Kenechi Raphael, Sifon Alphonsus
  • Producer: Ladi Sodimu
  • Assistant Producer: Adenugba Kelvin
  • Editor, Colorist: Greene "Abula" Abdulazeez
  • Location Manager: Yusuf Ganiy
  • Camera assistant: Demylade Olurombi, Oresajo Opeyemi
  • Gaffer: Folorunsho Olagunju
  • Production company: The Greenade Company
  • TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Abby O'Neill
  • Video Producer: Kara Frame
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
  • Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    LaTesha Harris is NPR Music's editorial assistant. A relentless jack-of-all-trades, she takes turns writing, editing and producing music coverage. Invested in the culture behind pop, hip-hop and R&B, her work highlights the intersection between identity and history. Once in a blue moon, Harris moonlights as a talking head with no filter.