09, 2015 by BOB
BOILEN • It
says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we
selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our
Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in
Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that
landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of
we learned after choosing him as our winner, Fantastic Negrito —
a.k.a. Xavier Dphrepaulezz, pronounced dee-FREP-ah-lez — has a
remarkable backstory. One of 15 children, he grew up in a strict
home, and later signed a contract with Interscope Records in the
'90s. That deal fell apart, though, and soured him on music-making.
Then, a near-fatal car crash put him in a coma, and eventually left
him without the proper use of his hands; he struggled with physical
therapy for years to get some movement from what he now calls "The
days, bolstered by a new outlook on life and music, he's reawakened
and reemerged under the name Fantastic Negrito. You'll see that newly
rediscovered purpose in his eyes and hear it in his voice, as he
performs this Tiny Desk Concert with his fantastic band.