In the last three years, Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland-based black roots revivalist has gone from busking at bus stops to winning a Grammy and touring internationally. He’s done this by creating a unique sound — melodic hooks, primal blues-rock chords, clever lyricism, a killer falsetto, and in-your-face social consciousness.
On this week’s Making Contact, we learn about Fantastic Negrito’s journey, his creative process, and how he’s utilizing his artistic platform to advocate for social justice.
Fantastic Negrito, Oakland-based black roots revivalist
Host: Eric Arnold
Episode Producers: Anita Johnson, Eric Arnold, Marie Choi
Making Contact Producers: Monica Lopez, Marie Choi, RJ Lozada, Anita Johnson
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor and Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
Special thanks to Fantastic Negrito and the Blackball Universe crew.
Fantastic Negrito’s Music
Fantastic Negrito Official Page
Dance of the Displaced by Eric Arnold