Fantastic Negrito Reissues Debut Album & Sets UK Tour Dates

Written by Rahoul Naik

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.

The UK label, Cooking Vinyl, will re-issue Fantastic Negrito’s current and critically acclaimed debut album, The Last Days of Oakland (recipient of a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy Award) with two new additional tracks, just in time for his imminent European tour.

Musicians on these new recordings include Masa Kohama and Tomas Salcedo (guitars), Cornelius Mims (bass guitar), Lionel Holoman Jr. (piano and organ), with vocals, additional piano, additional guitar, drum programming and claps by Xavier Dphrepaulezz.

In his teens, Xavier ran the streets of Oakland, before finding music and eventually signing with Prince’s management. After a slow recovery from a car crash that left him in a coma, Xavier undertook several different musical alter egos, but in the end, he walked away from music — only to re-emerge years later as Fantastic Negrito.

A performer with something to say, Fantastic Negrito runs an arts-collective in his hometown of Oakland, and performed at Bernie Sanders’ rallies in New Hampshire, Las Vegas and San Francisco during the 2016 US Presidential campaign. Of the new songs, he says, “We must unify — not divide — along the lines of our differences. We have a common enemy: distraction and propaganda. Our strength is in our diversity. We push back against our common enemies: fear, hate, bigotry, misogyny, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism… these parasites, these carcinogens that live in the shadows of our society. One world, one love, one race.”

Fantastic will be playing the following dates in the UK:

July 28th London @ Nell’s Jazz and Blues | BUY TICKETS

July 29th Cambridge @ Cambridge Folk Festival | BUY TICKETS

July 31st Manchester @ Band On The Wall BUY TICKETS

Aug 3rd  Nottingham @ The Bodega | BUY TICKETS

Check out Fantastic’s performance of Scary Woman below.

Credit: Fantastic Negrito

 

 

 

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