Fantastic Negrito – a.k.a. musician Xavier Dphrepaulezz (pronounced Deh-frep-aw-lez) – is truly an artist for these times, a multi-talented, genre-agnostic original whose life and work embody the struggle, energy, truth and creativity of black music. Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household, the eighth of 14 children of a deeply religious Somali-Caribbean immigrant. The family moved from western Massachusetts to Oakland, CA, when Negrito was just 12 years old, his new hometown’s vibrant black community providing a massive culture shock after what was an extremely conservative childhood.
On Friday 15 June via Cooking Vinyl and Blackball Universe he releases Please Don’t Be Dead. It follows 2016’s Grammy Award-winning The Last Days Of Oakland and comes heralded by the lead track, Plastic Hamburgers, out now.