Tiny Desk Concert (house): NPR


For the second year in a row, NPR has partnered with globalFEST in January 2021 for an exciting online music festival we call Small office meets globalFEST: three nights, nine bands and a world of musical traditions hosted by African pop star Angélique Kidjo. Now we are releasing all of our festival sets as individual Tiny Desk (home) gigs.

Born from the rich musical and historical heritage of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia (the first free black city in the Americas), Kombilesa Mí fuses traditional community sounds with urban pop. The band members experiment with the instruments created by their ancestors (and introduced to them when they were young) by layering them between new sounds.

On traditional percussion, handmade metal drums of their own design and marímbula, Kombilesa Mí rhymes and raps in Spanish and the traditional Palenquero language, a fusion of African Bantu, Portuguese, French and English . During the performance you will hear them call their music “RFP”, which stands for Rap Folklórico Palenquero, a combo of cumbia, son de negro, mapalé and son palenquero. –globalFEST staff


  • “I Tando Pa Palenge”
  • “IA Piya Bo”
  • “Kumo Kusa Ta”
  • “Los Peinados”
  • “Asina Ford”
  • “My Nduse”
  • “Ata Uto Bega”


  • Andris Padilla Julio: vocals
  • Keila Regina Miranda Pérez (KR MP): vocals
  • Alí Fernando Navarro (MCPM): vocals, tambor alegre
  • Martín Elias Maza: tambor llamador
  • Kendri Cassiani: drums
  • Orlys Reyes: marimbula
  • Edwin Valdés: maracas


  • Producer: Guillermo Camacho
  • Audio: Fernando Manzour
  • Video: Guillermo Camacho
  • Camera: Royman Reales Martinez
  • Special thanks: Real Films Cartagena, Viviana Benitez, novaproducciones

Small office meets globalFEST

Small office team

Producer: Bob Boilen

Video producer: Maia Stern

Audio mixing: Josh Rogosin

Small production team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins

Senior Vice President, Programming: Anya Grundmann

globalFEST Art Team

Co-directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin

Curators 2022: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, Gabrielle Davenport

globalFEST Production Team

Event Producer: Ian Thake

Producer: THE OFFICE live performance + film*

Video producer: Karim Tabbaa

Special thanks

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, JanArtsNYC, Valerie French (social media), Yuri Kwon of Pitch Perfect PR (advertising), Tamizdat (legal services ) and Duane Morris (legal services)

*THE OFFICE performing arts + film consists of Rachel Chanoff, Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Erica Zielinski, Nadine Goellner, Lynn Koek, Noah Bashevkin, Catherine DeGennaro, Gabrielle Davenport, Chloe Golding, Kyla Gardner, Tess Peppis, Zion Jackson , Scout Eisenberg and Jose Alvarado


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