Grammy Award-winner Fantastic Negrito will be appearing on Later… with Jools Hollandtonight, ahead of his headline show at London’s Dingwalls on the 1st November.

Negrito will perform on tonight’s show alongside Interpol, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Bugzy Malone, Another Sky, Fatoumata Diawara, Marc Almond and Olivia Chaney, following the release of his critically acclaimed album Please Don’t Be Dead earlier this year.

Fantastic Negrito has spent much of the past two years on the road, including sold out headline shows, and stage-stealing festival performances across North America and Europe.

Negrito also supported his great fan, the late Chris Cornell, as well as Cornell’s legendary super group, Temple of the Dog. You can listen to the track ‘Dark Windows’, which is a tribute to Cornell.

To celebrate the release of Please Don’t Be Dead, Negrito played two shows at San Francisco’s historic Fillmore and also supported Sturgill Simpson, in addition to performances at Newport Folk Festival and AFROPUNK FEST this year.

His appearance on Later… with Jools Holland will be followed by a show at London’s Dingwalls on November 1st. Tickets are available here.

The album Please Don’t Be Dead is available now


“…carefully crafted to provoke some much needed conversations” – Wire

“…something of a spiritual philosopher… Fantastic Negrito scares the shit out of the establishment” – Huck

“Addressing subjects from addiction and gun crime to censorship and obscene over-consumption, the anger is righteous but leavened with the hope of change.” – Uncut

“…burrowing into Delta blues, weaving in elements of Leadbelly, Prince-style funk and hip hop loops. You could call the tone political, but it’s just a cry for calm in a world of addiction, guns, corrupt police…” – Mojo

“Prince aside, there are no other comparisons for Fantastic Negrito – he’s dancing to the beat of his own drum, and it’s hard not to want to join him” – Classic Rock

“An album that is very special indeed” – Blues & Soul

“…something totally unique and original, making it the blackest, deepest 21st-century blues you’ll ever hear.” – Hi-Fi Choice

“…there may be no-one earth who can deliver a line like “I get knocked down / But I keep on fighting” with the sincerity and wisdom of experience as Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz. ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ is a monument to resilience built on the ashes of missed opportunities and fear.” – Afropunk

“When you’ve been a small-time drug hustler, experienced a brush with death, a false start as a major label artist, and life as a busker, you’re well-positioned to sing the blues – as Fantastic Negrito does on his incendiary, consciousness-raising new album, Please Don’t Be Dead.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Over a series of heaving, stomping riffs, it’s a cranked-up, slow-grinding attack on addiction and consumerism with a chant-along chorus: “Let’s break out these chains/Let’s burn it down.”
New York Times

“…fills the middle ground between modern protest music for the political rally and sweaty, sexed-up baby-making music for the bedroom.”

– Rolling Stone

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