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Lianne La Havas Graces NPR Music’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series With Her Presence

Photo Credit: Jun Tsuboike / NPR

Photo Credit: Jun Tsuboike / NPR

The hottest venue for artists to play when they come to Washington, DC has surprisingly become NPR headquarters. There's no cover, fancy stage or state-of-the-art light show set up, but just a simple area that's part workspace, part library for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series. In the past month alone, SoulBounce faves Leon Bridges and The Internet have performed mini-concerts there and there's yet another to add to the list. The lovely Lianne La Havas stopped through during her stay in Washington, DC for the kickoff of her North American fall tour. Wedged in between two sold out shows at the 930 Club, La Havas brought her mesmerizing artistry to the Tiny Desk and made a huge impression.

Lianne was radiant in a mustard colored jacket with her natural curls pinned up and a smile ready at her lips. Backed by pianist James Wyatt and singer Frida Mariama Touray (of Native Dancer) on background vocals, La Havas launched right into "What You Don't Do." The flirtatious love song showed off her pipes before she strapped on her guitar for "Unstoppable" and flaunted her musicianship, too. After sharing those two tracks from Blood, Lianne ended her stellar live showing with "Forget" from her debut, Is Your Love Big Enough?. Clocking in at only 13 minutes, this Tiny Desk Concert was a short but sweet musical treat and an appetizer of what you can expect at a Lianne La Havas show. If your city is still coming up on Lianne's tour and you haven't bought tickets yet, just watch this performance to help you make up your mind.


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