© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WEDH · WEDN · WEDW · WEDY
WECS · WEDW-FM · WNPR · WPKT · WRLI-FM · WVOF
Public Files Contact · ATSC 3.0 FAQ
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Berhana: Tiny Desk Concert

Months before he released Amén (The Nomad's Dream), Atlanta singer Berhana shared his Tiny Desk vision with me: He wanted to pay homage to his roots with Ethiopian jazz pianist Kibrom Birhane. Draped in a traditional Ethiopian scarf at the Tiny Desk, Berhana and members of the Ethio Cali band showcase their authentic take on East African rhythms.

So much of the genre-fluid Amén is about personal growth and finding home. His first trip to Ethiopia was the driving force behind the new project, but the storytelling prowess is carried over from 2019's HAN. Before closing his set with "Going Home," he expressed his gratitude for the moment. "It's because we live within this confined amount of time, that we're able to find meaning," he says. "I've been trying to accept that a little bit more and be grateful for the little moments like this that I get to share with you guys right now."

SET LIST

  • "Gone (Abebe Bikila)"
  • "Break Bread"
  • "Someday"
  • "Golden"
  • "Honeycomb"
  • "Don't Go"
  • "Going Home"


MUSICIANS

  • Berhana: lead vocals
  • Kahlil Cummings: percussion
  • David Shimon Goodwin: bass
  • Randal Fisher: saxophone
  • Evan Christopher Greer: drums, vocals
  • Nadav Peled: guitar
  • Glenn Kelly Holdaway: trumpet
  • Kibrom Birhane: piano, krar
  • Josef Lamercier: vocals
  • Xenia Karungu: vocals
  • Tasan Thompson: vocals


TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Josh Rogosin
  • Editor: Maia Stern
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Mitra I. Arthur, Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Audio Engineer: Hannah Gluvna
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Hazel Cills, Kara Frame
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Copyright 2024 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Bobby Carter
Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content