Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a true 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 put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. Negrito’s music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Rather than update the Delta Blues, Fantastic Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip James intact, building bridges to a modern sound with loops and samples of his own live instruments. But the primary element that drives Fantastic Negrito’s music is uncut realness and zero concern for “pop” anything.
“We are Soldiers in the same tribe, because we carry this Flag of Musical Truth. Fantastic Negrito is a deity contained in a human capsule. When he sings, he can’t quite be con- tained and the only way to know I’m telling the Truth... is to see him live.”
Tre Hardson, Artist and Producer of the Pharcyde
"He just leapt off the screen. The raw and sheer power in his voice was unlike any other contestant we had."
Bob Boilen, NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest Judge
"When I saw Fantastic Negrito performing for the first time, it was the raw emotion that I really fell in love with. It's just really, really powerful to watch this video. Of course, the tiny desk is there right in front of the band, and they're stuffed into a tiny corner, playing this music that seems big as the world."
Valerie June, NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest Judge
"We got thousands of submissions, and most blurred together. But this one was an immediate standout. A captivating, emotional and memorable performance of a deeply soulful sound that stays in your head long after hearing it."
Robin Hilton, NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest Judge
August 8, 2015 Outside Lands 2015, San Francisco, CA
July 31, 2015 Nightfall 2015, Chattanooga, TN
July 25, 2015 Central Park Summer Stage New York, NY
April 26, 2015 Denver Music Summit, Denver, CO
April 17, 2015 The New Parish, Oakland, CA
March 21, 2015 SXSW 2015: Lucky Lounge, Austin, TX
March 18, 2015 Lagunitas Couchtrippin’
March 19, 2015 South By Soup Fest
March 19, 2015 SoFar Sounds Sessions
March 20, 2015 Utopia Fest Sessions
July 05, 2014 South Park Festival 2014, Denver, CO
2014 - 2015 Numerous venues throughout California
Winner of NPR's first ever Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Chosen out of nearly 7,000 unsigned artists across the America.
Fantastic Negrito’s ‘An Honest Man’ features as the title track for Amazon’s new original series, Hand of God, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, James Bond: Quantum of Solace), starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).
Fantastic Negrito's live session on Daytrotter.