Tiny Desk

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Black Motion steal the show on Tiny Desk stage at Madiba home [watch]

Black Motion joins the list of superstar musicians who’ve performed on the NPR Tiny Desk series to deliver an authentically South African show.

Tiny Desk

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts has hosted some of the biggest musicians in the world. From Alica Keys and Adele, to John Legend and the late Mac Miller, a plethora of artists have graced the Tiny Desk stage.

The Black Motion duo of Thabo Mabogwane and Bongani “Murda Bongz” Mohosane was the latest South African music act to grace the Tiny Desk Concerts stage. 

Making the performance even more significant, was that it was recorded at Nelson Mandela’s former residence in Houghton, Johannesburg. 

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR has been unable to host audiences at their Tiny Desk Concerts. The concerts that used to be hosted in Washington, DC but has since introduced a home-style edition allowing viewers to connect with their favourite musicians virtually. 

Expressing his excitement for the Tiny Desk performance, Murda Bongz told TshisaLive that they have been in the music industry for more than 10 years showcasing their passion and love for the African continent. 

“Our journey continues and we are proud to have been given this opportunity to be on NPR Tiny Desk.”


The powerful music duo delivered a heartwarming performance on Tiny Desk. Black Motion opened the concert with Mayibuye iAfrica which is a cry for Africa to return to its culture and history. The song was carried vocally by these three amazing singers who certainly stole the show.

Following Mayibuye iAfrica they performed their long-standing hit Rainbow that took over the summer of 2017. A number of popular South African vocalists joined Black Motion to perform their collaborations with the award winning duo. 

Singer-songwriter Msaki joined Black Motion as they performed Marry Me from their latest album The Healers: The Last Chapter. Brendan Praise joined the performance after Msaki and performed Joy Joy with Black Motion. 

Notable vocalists Nokwazi Dlamini and Tabia also joined Black Motion’s performance to perform their collaborations with Black Motion. 


South Africa has had a few of artists feature on Tiny Desk in the past and they have delivered stellar performances. 

Tiny Desk has previously hosted the Black Coffee, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee and Ricky Tyler.

Watch Black Motion’s Tiny Desk performance here

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