Watch Jhené Aiko’s beautiful eight-song medley for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’

Featuring older fan favorites and songs from her latest album, ‘Chilombo.’

Jhené Aiko was the latest musician to perform for the home edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.

Setting the mood with a sound bath with singing bowls, Aiko performed a laid-back medley of eight songs, with backing from a four-piece band. She kicked things off with “Lotus (Intro),” the opening track from her latest album Chilombo, before turning back the clock to the early 2010s with renditions of fan favorites such as “Stranger” and “Do Better Blues” from 2011’s Sailing Soul(s).

Later in her performance, Aiko hopped between Chilombo (with songs like “Born Tired” and “Summer 2020”) and her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album, Souled Out (“To Love & Die,” “WAYS” and more). The singer then concluded her 18-minute set with a sound bath using the singing bowls.


Aiko is the latest singer to perform a remote set for NPR’s Tiny Desk in recent weeks, following rapper Oddisee, K-pop boyband BTS, pop star Billie Eilish and more. Back in July, Aiko also released the deluxe edition of Chilombo, which added nine new tracks to the record.

Watch Aiko’s Tiny Desk performance below:

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