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‘’The Duffler’ is a very familiar story…a story about someone having something and not appreciating it until it’s gone, when it’s too late. Given current events, I think America is in that space right now,” says Negrito of the track. The song follows his previous single ‘Plastic Hamburgers’, a rallying cry to“tear down the walls that separate us and face who we really are.” 'Plastic Hamburgers' is available as an instant grat now. 

Regarding the new album, Please Don’t Be Dead, Negrito says:“I wrote this album because I fear for the life of my black son. I fear for the lives of my daughters. I am uncertain about what kind of future they will face. Will someone shoot up their school? Will they become addicted to prescription pills? Will they wind up on the street, sleeping under freeways and overpasses? Will the police murder my son? I came up with the name ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ because I felt like we’d lost our way as a society — and I know what happens when you chase the wrong things. It’s the story of my life.”

Please Don't Be Dead is the follow up to 2016’s Grammy Award-winning The Last Days Of Oakland, which received worldwide critical acclaim. 

Fantastic Negrito will tour Europe in May and June, including five UK dates, before returning to the US for an album release event at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco. For updates and more, please visit

15th – Barcelona, Apollo
16th – Valencia, La Rambleta
17th – Madrid, Caracol
19th – Ibiza, Sueños De Libertad
23rd – Nottingham, Bodega
24th – Manchester, Night & Day
26th – Baden, Blues Festival
30th – Glasgow, King Tuts

1st – London, Dingwalls
2nd – Bristol, Thekla
6th – Milan, Hello Folks Festival
7th – Bologna, Covo Summer Festival
8th – Rome, Monk Club

8th – Winchester, Boomtown Fair


“Fantastic Negrito was, well, fantastic. …a brilliant, natural showman – the kind that take audiences out of their comfort zone and define festivals [with] the kind of backstory legends are made of” – The Guardian

“The first great album of the post-Prince/post-Ali world… Tremendous” – Daily Mirror

“Compelling” – Uncut

“A major work of stunning breadth and originality, heralding a talent who shines a blinding white light in the post-Prince darkness” – Classic Rock

“Updating the blues for a new era of depression and dispossession… this Leadbelly-reborn shares with His Late Purpleness a dapper style, enterprising ethos, eclectic tastes and a strong sense of himself as a black artist.” – MOJO

“Incredible… Enough to bring a smile to the faces of both Robert Johnson and Prince” – fRoots

“One of the hottest talents on the blues scene” – Songlines

“…full to bursting with catchy modern music that shimmers with a blues-rooted background.”­ – Blues Matters

“Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s life story is just begging to be made into a biopic” – Metro