SWV: Celebrating Black Music Month with a Soulful Tiny Desk Concert

Mason Riverwind

Updated Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

This Black Music Month, the spotlight shines brightly on SWV, the iconic R&B girl group that has left an indelible mark on the music industry. The Tiny Desk Concert series honors Black women artists, and this year, Bobby Carter concludes the 2024 celebration with a powerful performance by Sisters With Voices (SWV).

Originating in the church, SWV—comprising Coko, Taj, and Lelee—transformed their soulful roots into a successful R&B career in the 1990s. Their harmonies and bold lyrics set them apart, earning them a devoted fanbase and critical acclaim. Despite their significant influence, SWV has often been overlooked in discussions of music history, a fact that makes this Tiny Desk performance all the more poignant.

The concert is filled with nostalgia and emotion. At one point, reminiscent of Chaka Khan's unforgettable sing-along moment, the audience continues belting out "I’m So Into You" even after the band stops playing. This sentimental interaction showcases the lasting impact of SWV's music and the deep connection they share with their fans.

SWV's setlist is a journey through their greatest hits, including the poignant "Right Here" and the controversial yet beloved "You're the One." The group's candidness about their career, including the challenges they faced for their bold musical choices, adds depth to their performance. Their willingness to speak their truth and demand what they want has resonated with listeners for decades.

For those who have been following SWV's career, this Tiny Desk concert is a celebration of their legacy and a reminder of their enduring influence. The performance not only honors the group's past but also cements their place in the future of Black music.

Experience the magic of SWV's Tiny Desk Concert and join in celebrating the incredible contributions of Black women artists. Watch the full performance and feel the soul-stirring power of Sisters With Voices.

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