Colombian star J Balvin kicked off NPR’s “El Tiny” series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Balvin’s performance on Sept. 16 was the first of 10 “El Tiny” concerts that will feature Latin artists such as Camila Cabello, Prince Royce, Sech, Nicki Nicole, Silvana Estrada. The series will run through Oct. 15.
Backed by the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the East River, the chart-topping artist kicks off his 15-minute mini concert, singing new tracks off his latest and most personal album yet, Jose. He kicks off the set with “Vestido” and goes on to perform “Que Locura,” “OTRO FILI,” “F40” and closes with fan favorite “In Da Getto.”
“Even though we have some of the biggest names in Latin music scheduled, our ‘El Tiny’ takeover of the Tiny Desk (home) concerts is more than just entertainment,” Felix Contreras, host of NPR Music’s Alt.Latino, said in a statement. “I firmly believe that music has always been an accurate barometer of what’s going on in the Latin communities here in this country. Reggaetón hip-hop, soul, Afro Latino, jazz — it’s all reflected in our lineup and shows how diverse our listening habits, and our community, is.”
The nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards recently spoke to Billboard about his 24-track set released Sept. 10. “The album was made thinking about myself and what I like to do,” Balvin said. “When I realized I didn’t have to box myself into a concept, like I did with Colores, I said, ‘The concept is me.'”
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