Karol G – “Tiny Desk Concert”

There is a lot to like in this video. Colombian superstar Karol G and her all-female crew regale the NPR staff to an acoustic concert at the now famous Tiny Desk series. I always feel these concerts work best when the artist offers a different side to their persona and music, something hidden on the slick, produced product that has catapulted them to success. In this track, “Gucci Los Paños”, a biting and witty lament to lost love, Karol G offers up a traditional waltz, a long way from her dance floor hits. Her band works wonders, with the tuba providing the bass line and the accordian weaving in and out of the lyrics, the not-so-secret weapon that has allowed her to become the first female artist to have a Spanish-language album top the Billboard 200 chart. The words are true and confessional but there is always little twinkle in her eye as she sings them. If you close your eyes, you could be in a village fête in deep Mexico. That Karol and her fellow musicians can conjure up this magic in a small radio office in Washington D.C. is a testament to their authenticity and talent.

Song Starts a 4:20mins.


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