Trueno: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert



I admit I wasn’t sure I’d dig this, but they had me with the first notes from that righteous tuba sousaphone. If you don’t speak Spanish you may want to turn on closed captions; it’s better than nothing. This whole band is super impressive and funky as hell.

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Tiny Desk is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with an “El Tiny” takeover, featuring Jessie Reyez, Susana Baca and more musicians from all corners of Latinidad.

Vita Dadoo | September 27, 2022

With his roots in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires and arms outstretched to the rest of the world, Trueno is rewriting the playbook for Latin American hip-hop. Wearing a cap for the soccer team Boca Juniors and moving among the spaces of his childhood, the 20-year-old, premier Argentinian freestyler shows us exactly where he’s from in his Tiny Desk (home) concert, an intimate performance that plays like a meditation on the music and the Argentina that has shaped him.

Trueno’s almost autobiographical set begins with “DANCE CRIP,” the first single from his recent album, BIEN O MAL, and an ode to The Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Trueno’s affinity for old school hip-hop is something the rapper returns to throughout his set, while also invoking percussion-forward beats and tango motifs. Trueno follows up with the album’s title track, before launching into an improvised freestyle. Underneath a mural that reads “La Boca resiste y propone” (“La Boca resists and proposes”), Trueno demonstrates his lyrical dexterity and emotional range, “Esto no lo puede hacer cualquiera, el vocero del ghetto conquistando la esfera,” he raps, touting his neighborhood’s resilience and his own.

Argentina as a place of celebration and lament is the thematic center of Trueno’s performance. The show takes place at a conventillo, one of many Argentinian boarding houses and microcosms of multicultural communities. Trueno concludes his set with “TIERRA ZANTA,” perhaps the most politically charged song in his album, which on record features the famous folk artist Victor Heredia. Here, Trueno calls out all the Andean nations by name, hinting at a larger global movement behind the song’s boundaries.

SET LIST
“DANCE CRIP”
“BIEN O MAL”
Freestyle
“ARGENTINA”
“TIERRA ZANTA”

MUSICIANS
Trueno: vocals
Pedro Pasquale: guitar
Julian Gallo: bass
Augusto Durañona: keys
Nikko Taranto: drums
Carlos Salas: percussion
Caterina Finocchi: vocals
Anabella Marin: vocals
El Feli: vocals
Abel Manzotti: tuba

CREDITS
Executive Producers: SUR CAPITAL RECORDS (por Tierra Agencia)
Executive Producers: Jota Ayerza, Emiliano Delorenzi
Music Director & Arrangements: Pedro Pasquale, Panchito Cia, Axel Introini
Sound Production Manager & Monitor Engineer: Santiago Compiano
Assistant Sound Mix: Ignacio Klappenbach
Line Producer: Tomás Medero
Cinematographer: Enzo Codaro
Location Manager: Diego Ledesma
Production Design: Nicolas Tavella
First AD: Lucas Galambos
Recording Assistants: Luciano Di Lorenzo, Franco Olivetto
Playback Engineer: Juan Ravassi
RF Engineer: Pablo Andres Gejman
Key PA: Nicolas Vicchio
PA: Gonzalo Abajas
Helper Location Manager: Pablo Chalup
2nd AD: Nicolás Dominikow
Gaffer: Federico Martini
Electrics: Matias Carneiro, Zequeira, Esteban Pereira
Key Grip: Nicolas Petroli
Grips: Hernan Terry Duro, Kike Velez, Ezequiel Mansilla
Cameramen: Ismael Eduardo Guagliardi, German Guagliardi, Diego Hernan Carini, Sabena Cristian Alberto, Ricardo Daniel Guadalupe, Julia Florencia Siarri, Ignacio Acevedo
DIT: German Covi
Assistant DIT: Paula Montenegro
Assistant Costume Designer: Yael Boltia Baltar
Helper Costume Designer: Tomas Lucio Martinez
Set Decorator: Milena Colombo
Post Production Coordinator & Editor: Juan Raimondi
Colorist: Alejandra Lescano
Extras: Pedro Peligro, Guido Andrés Penayo, Cristian Derrico, Tomas Inti Kuselman, Kmi 420, López Diego Sebastian, Campos Nahuel, Mateo Teiki

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Anamaria Sayre
Video Editor: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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