Watch SWV’s Tiny Desk Concert [Video]

NPR wraps up its 2024 Black Music Month celebration at the Tiny Desk with SWV, the group that inspired the all-female lineup.


  • “I’m So Into You”
  • “Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)”
  • “You’re the One”
  • “You’re Always On My Mind”
  • “Rain”
  • “Weak”
  • “Anything (Old Skool Radio Version)”

Watch the footage below.

Year after year, I’ve begged who I consider the greatest girl group ever to come play the Desk. Like the other Black women we’ve hosted this month, SWV has yet to receive the proper acknowledgment for its influence over the past three decades. There was a moment, similar to the sing-along portion of Chaka Khan’s show, when Coko, Taj and Lelee were taken aback while the audience kept the party going after the band stopped playing “I’m So Into You.” Sisters With Voices originated in the church before the group started recording R&B music. It broke through in the 1990s, a decade that was the pinnacle of girl groups. In a landscape including En Vogue, TLC, Xscape and dozens more, SWV remained in front of the pack, topping the charts, amassing gold and platinum plaques and breaking new ground in music, style and sexual liberation. Before playing “You’re The One,” Lelee introduced the song, reminding us that they “kinda took a beating for the team because our music was a little risqué.” As a new appreciation for ’90s R&B has emerged over the past several years, SWV has reigned supreme. Watching the audience sway and sing to songs like “Weak” and “Rain,” I’m reminded of the lasting quality of SWV that continues to connect us.

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