meet the winner
New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas conveys its freewheeling spirit through a sound that combines pop, hip-hop, funk, spoken word and musical theater. The band’s entry video — set in an art classroom — won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy. Lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball has a playful way with words, thanks in part to her roots in New Orleans’ slam poetry scene. The band has played festivals all over the country, and has opened for artists like Big Freedia and Lianne La Havas.
We're excited to welcome Tank and the Bangas to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where they will play their own Tiny Desk concert. They also win the opportunity to appear at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and to tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.
what the judges said
“This video just leapt from the web. There was a joy filled interaction that had spark and surprise. Tank and the Bangas’ music has personality. The image of them performing in that art class stuck with me — that matters. It’s what makes me want to dig deeper into their music. And I will.”
"I saw a lot of really wonderful videos this year but this was the one that leapt out the most. Such a dynamic, joyful, infectious performance and energy. It's the most memorable entry and the only one I watched over and over again."
"There is star power all over this — from the flawless soulful vocals, to the ensemble camaraderie, to the playful presence of Tank, this one is going to bring a lot of joy to music fans of all ages everywhere.”
"Tank and the Bangas gave me life straight out of the gate. They are equally talented and fun to watch. I loved the wordplay, riffing and 'reading' out of the art book. Congratulations to a well deserved win!"
"Just try not to fall in love with these ambassadors of good times. Their joy is infectious, their musicality is undeniably tight and their swagger is so so thrilling. They’re also bursting with the sense of community and shared love that Tiny Desk is all about. I can’t imagine a worthier group of champs!”
"Tank and the Bangas are many things: dynamic, political, virtuosic and larger-than-life. To me, though, their most compelling quality is that they are so undeniably fun and free. What they do is everything I love about music."
"Tank and the Bangas. WOW! She's a beast and their music makes you feel good. Makes you wanna move somethin. Her personality's electric and shines through. I like how they mix it up — they got funk, soul, jazz, and even hip hop in there. They got something for everyone. Tank and the Bangas are what Tiny Desk is all about. Can't wait to hear more from them."
Watch The Entries
Here's where you can watch videos from the musicians who've entered the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. Find your band's entry, or just have a look around at what everyone's been creating.