Fantastic Negrito: Xavier Dphrepaulezz's Irresistible Black Roots Music

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Because he almost died, quit music and started farming. Now, he’s winning NPR and life with his infectious Black roots music.

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Xavier Dphrepaulezz, who taught himself to play music at age 18 and lost a million-dollar record deal, finally found his true voice after a lot of trying and failing and moving on. Now, as Fantastic Negrito, he’s rocking Black roots music and connecting with people like never before.


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