Gyptian: Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

posted on January 6th, 2011 by in Audio, Jamaican Artists, Video

Gyptian at NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Credit: Filmed and edited by Michael Katzif; photo by Abby Verbosky/NPR

For the latest installment of their Tiny Desk Concert series, NPR’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton invited Reggae artist Gyptian who performed »Nah Let Go«, »Beautiful Lady«, and, of course, »Hold You«.

That melody does not quit, and the whole song really lives in Gyptian’s voice. When it first came to the public’s attention last spring, it came via an unmastered leak. The song needs no bells and whistles — no pitch-shifting, no fashionable electronic drum sounds to squirm its way into your ear. (Frannie Kelley)

Funny fact: »Hold You« was not only the biggest international Reggae tune of 2010 but also Jamaica’s most complained about song for 2010 according to latest data from the Broadcast Commission of Jamaica (via Jamaica Observer).

Listen to the audio of Gyptian’s Tiny Desk performance below and watch the video of his studio concert on the NPR website (via Ross Sheil).

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