Fantastic Negrito + Josephine

Blues and soul musician Fantastic Negrito (real name: Xavier Dphrepaulezz) has had many highs and lows in his lifetime. He signed a million dollar contract with a Los Angeles label, lived through an armed assault and was involved in a near-fatal car crash in 2000. None of this held him down however; his perseverance is impressive.

After lying in a coma for four weeks and with damage beyond repair on his playing hand he retreated to his city of birth, Oakland, where he had to re-learn playing the guitar. He decided to return to his musical roots, the blues. In 2015 he won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest and went on to play with Sturgill Simpson, Solange, Chris Cornell and Temple of the Dog. The album “The Last Days of Oakland” earned him a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In the spring of 2018 the album “Please Don’t Be Dead” came out, his most soulful record so far that deals with stories of life after destruction. “For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music”, to put it in his own words. Next to that he is blessed with a voice that carries the soul of Bobby Womack and with the reach of an artist like Prince.

Photo: Lyle Owerko

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