Rico Nasty’s unexpectedly heavy NPR Tiny Desk concert makes a star of Strandberg-toting guitarist Liso Lee

Rico Nasty and Liso Lee performing live for NPR Tiny Desk
(Image credit: NPR Music/YouTube)

Time and time again, NPR’s popular Tiny Desk concert series has been responsible for curating some of the most epic small-scale concerts in recent memory, championing artists such as Mdou Moctar and Tom Misch to name but a few.

In the latest instalment of the series, it was American rapper Rico Nasty – aka Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly – taking center stage, in a concert that will be largely remembered for two things: Nasty’s own lyrical masterclass and the flawless showing from South Korean electric guitar star, Liso Lee.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.