Watch Jhené Aiko’s Breathtaking NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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Jhené Aiko blessed the mic at the NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, delivering an awe-inspiring eight-song medley.

Aiko’s set lasted 18 minutes, where she performed several fan favorites, including “Stranger” and “Do Better Blues,” from her album Sailing Souls. Aiko also served over several cuts from her Souled Out projects, including “To Love & Die,” “W.A.Y.S.” and “Eternal Summer,” as well as “Born Tired” and “Summer 2020,” off Chilombo.

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Aiko begins and ends her set with a sound bath of singing bowls.

Set list:

“Lotus (Intro)”
“Do Better Blues”
“To Love & Die”
“Born Tired”
“Summer 2020”
“Eternal Sunshine”

Watch the full performance below.

In February, Aiko sat down for an interview with Billboard, where she spoke about the importance of incorporating crystal alchemy sound bowls on each track on Chilombo.

“For instance, ‘P*$$Y Fairy (OTW)’ “is in the key of D, so I played a bowl in the note of D,” she told the publication. “D corresponds with your second chakra (sacral chakra), which governs your sexual organs below your navel and your hips. So even though the song is fun and sexy, there’s an actual healing instrument in there to help balance you out in those areas.”

The entire album was recorded on the pacific island, Hawaii.

“In a sense, I am like a volcano, and this album is an eruption. It starts with ‘Triggered,’ and there’s a lava flow with all these songs where it’s a free-flowing jam session. And then it settled — and it became this beautiful land where there’s new life,” she said at the time.

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