Café Tacvba Light Up NPR Tiny Desk With Lively Unplugged Performance: Watch

Café Tacvba
Courtesy of NPR

Café Tacvba performs during NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Café Tacvba brightened the NPR Music Tiny Desk stage with four originals in a performance released on Friday (Oct. 12). The veteran five-piece Mexican brought an arsenal of instruments into the cozy space, including ukuleles, guitars, drums, a bass and a melodica.

They opened with the lively "Olita del Altamar" ("Waves from the High Seas”), with singer Rubén Ortega, donning a blue kimono and two top knots, hopping around the setup centered behind a desk in a book-filled office during the song as he joyfully sang in his signature ragged voice.

The group followed with the noticeably more relaxed “Diente de León” ("Dandelion"), during which Ortega closed his eyes and raised his hands, getting lost in the gentle guitar strumming and warm drum beats.

"Las Flores” ("The Flowers") flipped the script with an energetic tempo, which inspired the whole room to clap along to the fun ska groove. The band closed their set with “Que No," an easygoing ballad about love and moving on.

Watch the performance below.


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