Kiran Ahluwalia: Tiny Desk Concert (house)


For the second year in a row, NPR has partnered with globalFEST in January 2021 for an exciting online music festival we call Small office meets globalFEST: three nights, nine bands and a world of musical traditions hosted by African pop star Angélique Kidjo. Now we are releasing all of our festival sets as individual Tiny Desk (home) gigs.

Kiran Ahluwalia’s original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Mali and Western blues, rock, R&B and jazz. With his group of six musicians composed of electric guitar, accordion, organ, tabla, bass and drums, Ahluwalia creates revolutionary songs that invite us to explore the human condition, to transcend ourselves by losing ourselves in a trance of groove and melody. The dual JUNO and songs The award winner’s outspoken voice has positioned her as one of the most compelling cross-pollinators in world music. —globalFEST


  • “Del”
  • “Rabba Ru”
  • “We Sinful Women”


  • Kiran Ahluwalia: vocals
  • Rez Abbasi: electric guitar
  • Louis Simao: accordion, organ
  • Davide Di Renzo: drums
  • Ravi Naimpally: tablas
  • Rich Brown: electric bass


  • Art direction and production: Tina Wroblewski
  • Audio: Reza Moghaddas
  • Camera: Golan Saharaei
  • Editing: Edgar Maldonado
  • Lighting: Samira Banihashem
  • Special Thanks: Canada Council for the Arts, Danielle Devlin, Ian Menzies

Small office meets globalFEST

Small office team

Producer: Bob Boilen

Video producer: Maia Stern

Audio mixing: Josh Rogosin

Small production team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins

Senior Vice President, Programming: Anya Grundmann

globalFEST Art Team

Co-directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin

Curators 2022: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, Gabrielle Davenport

globalFEST Production Team

Event Producer: Ian Thake

Producer: THE OFFICE live performance + film*

Video producer: Karim Tabbaa

Special thanks

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, JanArtsNYC, Valerie French (social media), Yuri Kwon of Pitch Perfect PR (advertising), Tamizdat (legal services ) and Duane Morris (legal services)

*THE OFFICE performing arts + film consists of Rachel Chanoff, Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Erica Zielinski, Nadine Goellner, Lynn Koek, Noah Bashevkin, Catherine DeGennaro, Gabrielle Davenport, Chloe Golding, Kyla Gardner, Tess Peppis, Zion Jackson , Scout Eisenberg and Jose Alvarado

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