Watch Fantastic Negrito’s Explosive ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance at NPR

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Check out this must watch video of when Fantastic Negrito stopped by the NPR offices to give an explosive performance at their Tiny Desk. During the 15-minute concert accompanied by his live band, Fantastic Negrito performs an impassioned, stripped-down version of “Lost In A Crowd”, “Night Has Turned To Day and “An Honest Man.”

The 2015 Tiny Desk Winner’s performance is mesmerizing, as he sings about the emotional process he went through after an accident that left him in a coma for three weeks and completely disfigured his body, leaving him without the use of his hands.

Fantastic Negrito — a.k.a. Xavier Dphrepaulezz, pronounced dee-FREP-ah-lez — has a remarkable backstory. He signed a contract with Interscope Records in the ’90s that deal fell apart and soured him on music-making. Then, a near-fatal car crash put him in a coma, and eventually left him without the proper use of his hands; he struggled with physical therapy for years to get some movement from what he now calls “The Claw.”

These days, bolstered by a new outlook on life and music, he’s reawakened and reemerged under the name Fantastic Negrito. You’ll see that newly rediscovered purpose in his eyes and hear it in his voice, as he performs this Tiny Desk Concert with his fantastic band.

He may be singing for the employees at NPR, but Fantastic Negrito gives his all as if he’s performing to a crowd of thousands.

Watch Fantastic Negrito’s full Tiny Desk concert below.