Karol G: Tiny Desk Concert

Karol G: Tiny Desk Concert

Anamaria Sayre | May 15, 2023
Arriving at the Tiny Desk not long after becoming the first female artist to have a Spanish-language album top the Billboard 200 chart, Colombian singer Karol G shined brighter than ever. With an all-female crew backing her, the proud energia femenina and the prowess of a band dominated exclusively by women is undeniably brilliant here. It was also the first time in many years, she said, that she hadn’t rehearsed without her typical on-stage equipment, like in-ear monitors. “I forgot how cool it feels,” she said. Authenticity isn’t a prescription for Karol G, it’s a natural state — something that she carries with her, waiting for the next opportunity to reveal another version of Carolina.

“CAROLINA,” her given name, was also the title of the opening track of her performance, as she got to jamming in a manner atypical for the superstar. Trading her flute and trumpet for an accordion and tuba she “bring[s] some Mexican vibe to this place,” she said, with “GUCCI LOS PAÑOS.” She paused between songs and offered a cheers to the room, admitting that she had meant to sip her Mezcalito before the previous song.

She emphasized the rawness of the moment by slowing things down for a stripped down, reggae-leaning version of “PERO TÚ.” Sliding seamlessly into a bossa nova-esque “MERCURIO” — the version she wishes she’d included on the album — “La Bichota” brought the music back up and danced herself off stage. Away from the stadium lights, Karol G’s performance wasn’t just a blip of normalcy for the pop star — it was permission from the self-described “happy-heartbreak girl” to get up, whether in the streets of Medellín or an office in Washington, D.C., and dance with every version of yourself.


Carolina Giraldo (Karol G): vocals
Susana Vasquez: guitar
Jemma Heigis: piano
Giulliana Merello: drums
Patricia Ligia: bass
Crystal Torres: trumpet
Hailey-Mae Niswanger: flute
Katiuska Fernandes: percussion
Irany Martinez: accordion
India Anderson: tuba
Rob Trujillo: musical director

Producer: Anamaria Sayre
Director/Editor: Kara Frame
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Videographers: Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Sofia Seidel, Michael Zamora
Audio Assistant: Josephine Nyounai
Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Maia Stern, Hazel Cills, Marissa Lorusso, Pilar Galván, Jill Britton
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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27 Responses

  1. NPR Music says:

    Mas Karol para los de siempre https://n.pr/karolg.

  2. Alexandra Palomino Gonzalez says:

    Hace mucho, no sentía lo que era ser fan de alguien y mk, con Karol me siento fan, amo cada cosa que hace, el amor que le pone a todo, la humildad y esa energía tan linda que carga. La amo hp😍

  3. Noemi Padron says:

    Las canciones de Karol G te sanan el alma ❤️‍🩹

  4. Aref Tello says:

    00:01 Carolina
    03:56 Gucci Los Paños
    07:45 Pero Tú
    12:16 Mercurio

  5. Alexandra de Sandoval L says:

    A mis 53 años y son fan de Karol, es q ella tiene un no sé q, que q sé yo, una magia que atrapa, una ternura que emociona, una humildad q provoca imitar y una personalidad que cautiva….. Gracias x todo lo q le brindas a tu público, a tus fans y seguidores, gracias x hacernos bailar, reír, seducir, x hacernos sentir sexis al natural, x hacernos amar como somos y llorar con tus canciones….. Te mereces todo lo bonito del mundo, Dios te bendiga siempre reina…. Espectacular equipo de trabajo, músicos, y más 👏👏👏

  6. Anyoly De Ávila says:

    Aquí la reina les demuestra que no necesita autotune su voz es hermosaaa 😍😍

  7. Jemma Heigis says:

    Que emoción 😭❤️ estoy super agradecida por la oportunidad tocar algo tan hermoso con karol y las chicas 🥹🫶

  8. sergio dias says:

    Necesitamos esta versión en Spotify!!!!!!!!😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Andrea Polo Ferrer says:

    CAROLINA ESTO ESTUVO INCREÍBLE NO ME ALCANZAN LAS MAYÚSCULAS las amo a todas las que hicieron esto posible <3

  10. flor angela fique salas says:

    La👑 reina de Medellín KarolG para siempre y para los de siempre.🇨🇴 Colombia y el mundo te apoya.. ❤❤❤❤💘💘💖💖💗💗💚💚💚

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