The Funk Infused Blues Of “Please Don’t Be Dead” Brought Life To The Ohana Fest Fantastic Negrito's Performance Met All Of My High Expectation
DANA POINT, CA-
“… I first saw Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz) perform back 2015, and I remember it vividly. It was an early afternoon performance at The Echoplex for a local music festival. I was blown away by the visceral nature of Xavier’s music and performance. The passion in his blues was palpable and I couldn’t get enough of it. When his 30 minute set ended, I longed for more. It’s a shame that I had to wait close to 3 years to see him perform again.
Since that performance, Fantastic Negrito released his Grammy Award winning album “‘The Last Days of Oakland” and toured the world. 2018 saw Fantastic Negrito release his follow up album, “Please Don’t Be Dead”, which finds Xavier really exploring the sonic boundaries of blues, especially with funk. While it’s a departure from the relatively strait-forward blues that earned him his Grammy, it’s a true testament to his fearless musical soul.
His performance at The Ohana Fest brought “Please Don’t Be Dead” to life, and had not only the blues, but also the funk, coursing through my veins. His performance was enhanced by the air of mischievousness that emanated. He brought his music to life with every sly smile and smooth growl that he displayed. Some musicians can play their music live to perfection; only a select few can really bring that music to life …. literally … through a performance like Fantastic Negrito can …”