A familiar local face appears towards the end of NPR Music’s latest Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Baltimore singer Mumu Fresh. With over a half dozen musicians packed behind the desk to back Mumu, the singer and emcee pauses during the middle of her third and final song, “Say My Name,” to introduce none other than The Roots’ founding member Black Thought.
Those familiar with the two artists may not consider Black Thought’s cameo such a surprise, though. Mumu Fresh, who also goes by her given name Maimouna Youssef, began her career writing for and touring with The Roots and earned a Grammy nomination for her vocals on their hit song “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007. And as she mentions in her introduction, Black Thought actually gave her the name Mumu Fresh. “We’re brethren in a struggle; he shares a love for the people, so I’m happy and honored to be able to bring him here to rock with us,” Mumu says.
Watch Mumu Fresh’s performance in full below, and keep an eye out for Black Thought’s entrance around the 19-minute mark.
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