FAIRFIELD — Two-time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito is offering a live-stream show three days after his 53rd birthday.
Frazier Trager Presents will host the concert locally Jan. 23.
Viewers also have an opportunity to win a personally autographed collection of Fantastic Negrito vinyl records by adding a tip for the band.
Negrito will choose the winner at the end of the show. The final date to qualify is Jan. 20.
Born Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, Negrito was born in Massachusetts and came to Oakland with his family when he was 12.
He was raised in an orthodox Muslim household and, in press materials, says he went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day, living in the heart of one of the wildest, most infamous, most vibrant black communities in the nation.
By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, but he was also caught up in street life until a near-death encounter with masked gunmen.
Negrito packed his bags and headed to Los Angeles, armed with a demo on cassette.
He signed with a manager, followed by a record contract.
Gangsta rap ruled the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era.
Negrito was in a near-fatal car crash in 1999 that left him in a coma. He underwent months of physical therapy to regain the use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body.
His playing hand was mutilated. The damage was permanent.
He returned home to Oakland in 2008.
That was followed by winning the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk contest and the release of his debut full-length album, “The Last Days of Oakland.”
It won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2017.
“As a society we are so divided, we are so entrenched in our ideology, we won’t budge for common sense,” Negrito says in press materials. “We worship celebrities and billionaires, while people work harder than they ever worked and make less money. Our children are being gunned down in school shootings and we seem numb to it!”
He released “Please Don’t Be Dead” in 2018 and “Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?” in 2020. It was nominated for a Grammy and features E40.
His music is born from a long, hard life channeled through black roots music, slide guitar, drums and piano. It’s been described as “urgent, desperate, edgy.”
“I can’t believe I wrote an album called ‘Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?’ because it’s just so aligned with the universe, I really believe in this thing, that these things are sent to us, and I think that’s why we are here. That’s the mystery of life,” he said in press materials.
For more information and tickets, visit https://ftpresents.com/events.