Watch Dessa convert new fans at SXSW with 4 songs from 'Chime'

Dessa PledgeHouse SXSW
Dessa performs at PledgeHouse, The Current's day stage at South by Southwest. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

The voice of Dessa, as fluent at rap as at song and spoken word, is back and stronger than ever with Chime, her first solo studio album in a half decade.

Songs performed


Good Grief
Velodrome
Half of You
5 out of 6

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    Dessa performs at PledgeHouse, The Current's day stage at South by Southwest. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Dessa (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jade interviews Dessa at the Blackheart Bar. (Nate Ryan | MPR)