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Fantastic Negrito On World Cafe

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    Fantastic Negrito on World Cafe Fantastic Negrito won NPR Music’s first Tiny Desk Contest, and followed up with a Grammy win in 2016. It's especially impressive considering where he was 17 years earlier – He had a million dollar record deal, then got dropped after a car accident left him in a three-week coma and nearly destroyed his guitar-playing hand. Fantastic Negrito joins host Talia Schlanger today to tell the story of how he returned to music, his upbringing in a religious Muslim family, and running away from home at age 12. Plus, a live performance from the new album, Please Don't Be Dead. On the next World Cafe.
Fantastic Negrito is a man that wants to be seen and wants to be heard. Enjoy a gripping story and thrilling performance in this session.
There is nothing subtle about Fantastic Negrito. When he came in to World Cafe, he was wearing this loud, funky, royal purple and gold-embroidered jacket, his hair was braided on the sides with this explosive shock of Mohawk. And where most of our guests sign our wall of fame with one Sharpie in some small spot that hasn't already been taken up, Fantastic Negrito used two Sharpies and in big huge writing made sure we'd always know he was here.

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