Congratulations to Oakland’s Own Fantastic Negrito On His First Grammy Win!


Fantastic Negrito wins first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album

“The Bay Area has had one of its most successful Grammy years in recent memory. With a total of 18 nominations for local artists and producers, the region has at least garnered the most nominations it’s had in five years according to Michael Winger, the Executive Director of the Recording Academy’s San Francisco Chapter.

One such Bay Area artist feeling the glow of success is Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito, a blues guitarist and singer named Xavier Dphrepaulezz who first grew to fame after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest in 2015.

Two years after he found internet fame and landed multiple music festival appearances, he won his first Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy for 2016’s “The Last Days of Oakland.”

In addition to Dphrepaulezz, other Bay Area nominees include San Francisco Symphony director Michael Tilson-Thomas for Best Orchestral Performance for the Symphony’s recording of “Bates: Works for Orchestra,” Metallica for Best Rock Song, Oakland-based Los Rakas for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album, San Francisco electronic outfit Tycho for Best Dance/Electronic, Margaret Cho for Best Comedy Album, and more.”


Congratulations to reggae legends The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage for winning their first Grammy for their album “Strictly Roots,” which is available through IDC’s physical distribution catalog.

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IDC has been excited to have “Strictly Roots” in our catalog since its release and always knew it would be a winner. This tenth release from the Morgan Heritage family, which includes Peetah (vocals), Una (keyboard/vocals), Gramps (keyboard/vocals), Lukes (rhythm guitar) and Mojo (percussion/vocals), is not, as the title implies, an homage to Roots Reggae music, but a potpourri of different styles, clearly aimed at a mainstream audience.


This 2015 release features an array of 13 memorable tracks fusing both reggae and dancehall, such as the single “Perform and Done,” “Child Of JAH” featuring Chronixx, “Put it On Me,” and “So Amazing” featuring J Boog, Jemere Morgan, & award winning drummer Gil Sharone. The album also features “Wanna Be Loved” featuring Eric Rachmany of Rebelution. “Strictly Roots” is the first release on their very own label C.T.B.C. (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group, marking their first release as truly independent artists, and as such represents a win for all indie labels and artists eager to work outside of the major label system.

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IDC was instrumental in booking many in-store performances and retail promotions for the band, and supported the album’s release in many ways. We were blessed to attend a few of the in-store performances, and Morgan Heritage put on a great show for the various retailers and fans that attended these events. Morgan Heritage is a hard working band that performed well over 100 shows last year and they have been able to achieve great progress with their label Cool To Be Conscious Records.

Congratulations to CTBC Records, Mojo, Gramps, Una, Peetah, and Lukes, as well as Wendy Morgan who helped keep the entire project on track. IDC is honored to be a part of this amazing journey!

Press Release for Pacific Mambo Orchestra Gets Placement On!

The Grammy Award winning 20 piece orchestra’s new single “Pacific Mambo Dance” is coming out soon, and the press has begun to roll in. See the full press release posting by following the link here: