Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Omah Lay made his NPR Tiny Desk debut on February 28. He performed some of his hit songs like “Never Forget,” “Soso,” ‘Bend You,” and “Infinity,”
Omah Lay’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert is more proof that African artists are taking center stage. To close out Black History Month, the 25-year-old Afro-fusion sensation vibed on the platform with the help of a diverse live band and a few of his many hits.
Tiny Desk features a series of live performances from the Washington, D.C. working space of Bob Boilen, a musician and NPR broadcaster. Omah Lay now adds her name to an expanding list of notable African performers who have performed on the well-known Tiny Desk stage, including Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Naira Marley, Fireboy DML, and Adekunle Gold. The program celebrated its 1000th performance in September when Beninese music icon Angélique Kidjo also performed there.
Omah Lay rose to prominence during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic with his debut EP, Get Layd. In a short time, he’s joined the slew of African artists who’ve dominated dance floors and infiltrated America with Afro-fusion music. The feat is extraordinary and bittersweet, given that when he first broke through, the music industry was in a frenzy and the clubs closed.