Negro Impacto are a Dundalk duo comprising of vocalist-songwriter Chi Chi and producer, multi-instrumentalist Laurence (aka StrangeLove). The pair quickly gained attention in the Irish music scene thanks to their unique neo-soul sound, impressive musicianship and fun live sets. Named as part of the '2FM Rising' class of 2023, finalists of 'A New Local Hero 2023' with Hotpress and ones to watch across many outlets, the duo are in for another incredible year.
The sound of Negro Impacto is alternative neo-soul with elements of RnB, rock and funk - as heard in their self titled debut E.P. Their music has been compared to the likes of The Internet and Steve Lacy and you can hear elements of inspiration from Erykah Badu and WILLOW in Chi Chi’s dreamy vocals. In terms of production, multi-instrumentalist Laurence quotes DJ Harrison and Arthur Verocai as a definite influence on his style.
Negro Impacto's live set is an eclectic mix of incredible musicianship, inventive live arrangements by Laurence and infectious vocals and interactions by Chi Chi. 2022 saw the band's first festival season, where they wowed audiences across stages at Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, All Together Now, Another Love Story and more. Negro Impacto were also selected for Ireland Music Week 2022 and have played at showcases with District Magazine, Nialler9, Mo Cultivation, Artists Against Homelessness (curated by Kojaque) and opened for a range of artists such as Ojerime, Denise Chaila and The Mary Wallopers.