Watch Nilüfer Yanya play a Tiny Desk Concert at home in London
British singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya joined NPR Music from across the pond to perform a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. In between playing three tracks from her debut album, Miss Universe — “Heat Rises,” “Paralysed” and “Heavyweight Champion of the Year” — she also debuted a brand new song, “Day 7,” and took a moment to speak out against racism and injustice — which isn’t just a problem in the U.S.
“One of the things that’s been on my mind a lot is the racism and violence and injustice going on towards Black people and people of color, not only in America but here in the U.K. and all over the world,” says Yanya, who is of Turkish, Irish and Barbadian descent. “As a person of mixed heritage this issue is something close to my heart. I see the people being hurt as my family and my friends, and I urge you to see it the same way. I think that’s the only way we can work towards solving it.”
Watch below. You can revisit a live stream of Nilüfer Yanya’s 2019 XPoNential Music Festival set during XPN Fest Weekend. It airs Friday, July 24 during the 6 p.m. hour at xpn.org.