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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Oakland's Fantastic Negrito Wins NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:34 AM

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In December 2014, for the first time, NPR announced it would open its Tiny Desk Concert series — featuring intimate performances by everyone from Cat Stevens to T-Pain — to up-and-coming, unsigned bands from all over the U.S. The Tiny Desk Concert Contest received nearly 7,000 submissions from all 50 states during the seven-week submission period. (California came out on top with 777 entries.)

And, well, in case you needed any more proof that Oakland is currently a more fertile breeding ground for musical talent than just about anywhere, musician/contest judge Valerie June announced today on Morning Edition that the contest winner is none other than the Town's own Fantastic Negrito — whose submission, filmed in a freight elevator, you should definitely watch below.  
 NPR will air an interview with Fantastic Negrito, aka the musical output of Oakland-raised Xavier Dphrepaulezz, on All Things Considered this afternoon. Tune in!

We'll also be updating this post throughout the day with what we're going to call honorable mentions — our favorite submissions from other Bay Area bands that deserve your eyeballs as well. Go on, burst with local pride. It's well-deserved. 

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