Jorja Smith: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Jorja Smith play "On My Mind", "Teenage Fantasy" and "Blue Lights" at the Tiny Desk.
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June 11, 2018 | Sidney Madden -- It's a good thing the weather was gloomy the day Jorja Smith rolled in for her Tiny Desk concert. Even though the skies threatened rain and thunder, the overcast light lingering in our dimmed office space allowed the teardrop pendant lights, hung from the ceiling by her lighting team, to cast the desk in a warm, honey-hued glow. And while the nimble guitar strings and double-time drums of her supporting band was enough to dizzy the focus in the room, it was the U.K. singer's slow, silky cadence that anchored the performance in tranquility.
As Smith worked her way up the scales to each high note in "On My Mind" (a track usually sung over a reverberated garage beat) and "Teenage Fantasy" (a ballad to love lost written when she was 16), there wasn't an ounce of pressure evident in her face or body language. When she closed her eyes to deliver the rap verse of "Blue Lights," the anti-injustice song that first positioned her as a SoundCloud darling in 2016, a hush fell over the room in awe of her precision.
Though Smith's boldface collaborations to date range from Drake to Kali Uchis, her debut album Lost & Found is free of featured acts. Much like this Tiny Desk performance, those 12 tracks show off Smith's talent in a minimalist way - musing about life and love with the ambiguity and sense of agency that only comes with newfound freedom.
After she finished, but before retreating to the comfort of Supreme sweats, Smith and her band bestowed the Tiny Desk with a blue lava lamp signed by every member. Keep an eye out for that Easter egg in future episodes.
Set List
"On My Mind"
"Teenage Fantasy"
"Blue Lights"
Jorja Smith, Femi Koleoso, Benjamin Totten, Mutale Chashi, Amane Suganami
Producers: Sidney Madden, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, Bronson Arcuri; Lighting: Tyler C. Trofatter; Production Assistant: Bobby Carter; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.

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    Puta merda, que preta maravilhosa! Jesus Cristo! Lindíssima, que voz, que presença!

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    bless the person handling the camera!! subtle but perfection.

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    I think I love her 😍

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    just wanted to listen to something in the background while I'm working... but she's hot. so I keep coming back to actually watch her

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    Fire 🔥

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    Beautiful ❤️👏

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    Why is nobody talking about Steve Aoki ?!?

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    does anybody understand anything....does she even move her lips?....

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      it’s not that hard? lol

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    QUEEN 🥰🥰🥰

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    I so much love Jorja

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    3:43 she sure is some teenage fantasy

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    Sade of our time

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    Annoying voice

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    This is sooooooo timeless

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    Fantastic music, amazing voice and she's soooo beautiful

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    The instrumentals brought this to a different hype. Amazing.

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    girl what is her lip

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    Simplesmente maravilhosa, divina! Jorja ♥️

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    I think she's emulating Amy Winehouse, but she's good.



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    i just wanna know what products she used in her lips UwU

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    The bassists is under rated,

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    She just keeps me coming back 😩

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    Oui c’est bien mais franchement 10/02 ça craint degeulasse pour en arriver là 🤮 ouistiti pour rigoler oublié pas votre tapis volant 🤮🤮🤮🤮

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    Still alsome 🌲🥀😷❤️



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    What a queen

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      Have you been commenting on every tiny desk? lol I saw you on Mac's also

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      She is a goddess in her own way.

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    I feel like Amy Winehouse would most definitely approve of Jorja Smith

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    Good Lord! "drueling rite now" clasp my hands and close my eyes.

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    My only complaint is that I wish it was longer.

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    Can we talk about the bassists ring!

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    Need on my mind this version on spotify

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    Her skin: what are pores?
    Her voice: what's auto-tune?

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    1song 2sentences

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    dale like

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    how does she just casually look like THAT

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    steve aoki playing keyboard in the back like it's normal

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    El baterista es un metronomo, fantástico el nivel musical. Jorja es una chica hermosa, concuerdo.

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    drummer is feeling nice in the beggining look at the joy on his face

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    Her voice is insane, literally like butter

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    I love this performace by Jorja, she´s very soulful in a modern way.
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    Never heard of her before but Wow I think I have a crush now!

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    Steve Aoki plays drums nowadays?



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    Her skin: what are pores?
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    Femi is a monster on those drums

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    I never get tired of this performance

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    Jorja Smith is a queen...

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    Colors and npr music can pull the best Music concert for us. Imagine that 😢 😢

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    im in love.

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    Apaixonada estou! Que voz 💜 não sei como nunca a ouvi antes!

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    I'm not sure, but does she sound like she's tired? She said that this was her last stop of the tour, and I feel like her voice might not be the way it was before the tour.

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    Estoy enamorado de Jorja

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    a goddess incarnate

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    I didn't expect Kanye was that good at the drums

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    Everyone in the band also played amazing

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    femi on the drums is effortlessly good

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    One of the most beautiful women I've laid my eyes upon.

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    the bass looks like KSI

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    This is amazing.

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    it's crazy how she makes singing like this seem so effortless, she is so talented

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    S/O to the band 🧼

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    Ksi on bass guitar

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    The guitar playing on blue lights reminds me of John Mayer's way of playing guitar... love it

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    Cannot get past just how amazing her voice is. For real

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    Me encanta esta especie Unplugged para recrear canciones de cada artista con banda, y más de artistas históricos para la cultura del hiphop, simplemente maravilloso😍

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    xo. 💔

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    Jorja's skin makes me want to stay hydrated and eat veggies

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      @Matt S 21 -> the vid is from 2018

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      @Mary also being 23 helps

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      @𝓶𝓮𝓸𝔀 Rose Galore by moon cosmetics helps, also drinking green tea and fennel tea if you are woman and obvs less process food and cow milk

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      if only it were that simple lol

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      acne left the chat room***

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    Wooow ..... so relax ..

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    0.75x speed while playing On My Mind.

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    jesusfuckinchrist the talent



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    Toda vez que ouço a "Blue light" arrepia tudo mano

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    Ok but who auditioned and chose these musicians? She must have a great ear.

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      @Daniel Martinez she meant who chose the musicians for the actual band lol

    • Daniel Martinez

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      Uhhh I think the musicians sort of apply to NPR and they decide who they invite , a applied for an intern there (didn’t get in ) but I was able to ask questions lol

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    such a beautiful woman

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    so beautiful

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    Jorja, you are my dream woman, without a doubt!

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    madre mía your voice is beautiful

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    The whole band is sooooo talented