Making Contact

Fantastic Negrito and The Last Days of Oakland

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.

More information

Fantastic Negrito’s Music

Fantastic Negrito Official Page

Dance of the Displaced by Eric Arnold


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