- 13 Sep 17
Lookman Adekunle Salami is a rare lyrical talent. Building his brand around politically charged, wonderfully witty and often deftly profound words, The British born folk singer’s bold and raw artistic flair was awarded with a first big break on NPR's iconic tiny desk concert today.
Opening his set with an uncharacteristically, shaky rendition of his most notable track 'Day to Day 6 Days a week' he quickly regained composure and showed audiences why he's making waves as one of music's most gripping upcoming acts.
At first, it was difficult to discern whether nerves or a hoarse throat were the source of a tense tone and stiff body language in stark contract to the usually brazen, often smirking delivery of the performer. But by the final verse Salami had brushed off any nerves or phlegm that were affecting him and began confidently showcasing a spectrum of styles, from the angry political rock song "ISIS Crisis' to the Dylan-esque guitar and harmonica in hand 'My Thoughts, They Too Will Tire'.