Fantastic Negrito returns to London for his first headline show in the city, just months after supporting Chris Cornell at Royal Albert Hall.
The musician, born Xavier Dphrepaulezz, has just released his debut album, ‘The Last Days Of Oakland’ and will be performing songs from it at Bush Hall on 15 September.
Tickets are available now.
Early last year Dphrepaulezz was still busking on the streets of his hometown of Oakland but his luck changed when he beat out 7000 other entries to win NPR’s 2015 Tiny Desk video contest. Since then he’s appeared in the hit TV series ‘Empire’, had his song ‘An Honest Man’ used as the theme for the show ‘Hand Of God’, recorded with Blackalicious, played campaign rallies for Bernie Sanders, toured Europe with Cornell, and now released his first album as Fantastic Negrito.
But it almost never was. After running with street gangs as a teenager, Dphrepaulezz cleaned up, signed with Prince’s management team, and recorded an album as Xavier in the ‘90s. A 1999 car crash that fractured his skull and put him in a three-week coma almost ended his life but, after recuperating, he embarked on several different music projects, including a stint with punk band Sugar X, before quitting the industry.
Following a five-year break he reemerged as Fantastic Negrito in his late 40s and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Robert Plant, Jack White, and Gil Scott Heron.