NPR is celebrating music and Black History Month with a series of special Tiny Desk concerts. Check out the lineup right here!

It’s Black History Month in the US at the moment, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate and recognise this observance. NPR has a full schedule of podcasts and radio shows focussing on Black history, Black culture and Black stories. You can also appreciate and enjoy a plethora of films and programmes highlighting African American heroes and icons. But, one of NPR’s incredibly popular musical outputs, Tiny Desk, is providing a platform this year to celebrate.

13 Tiny Desk concerts (recorded at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic) will be hosted across February. These will feature music and artists from a range of genres. You can catch fantastic performances from both emerging and established Black artists, with three shows a week and four in the final week. The full list is as follows:


  • 2/2: Wynton Marsalis
  • 3/2: Immanuel Wilkins
  • 4/2: Melanie Charles


  • 8/2: Meshell Ndegeocello
  • 9/2: Giveon
  • 10/2: KeiyaA


  • 15/2w: Rick Ross
  • 16/2: 2 Chainz
  • 17/2: Rae Khalil


  • 22/2: Wizkid
  • 23/2: Bartees Strange
  • 24/2: Sampa The Great
  • 25/2: Kirk Franklin

Throughout the Black History Month celebrations, you will also be able to watch highlighted performances by Black artists from the Tiny Desk archives. These will come in the form of curated playlists, with some curators including Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Music at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Nwaka Onwusa Vice President and Chief curator at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and more.