The Black Mamba featuring Suman Sridhar & Natasha Mendonca
Presenting a Live Electronica Act featuring a sound that’s Afro/Indian, soul, urban and contemporary all at once.
Suman Sridhar & Natasha Mendonca perform The Black Mamba a 60-minute set featuring visuals, electronic beats, keyboards, and vocals. The Black Mamba transmutes poison into medicine through sound – Indian and Western classical, hip-hop, street jazz and afrobeat electronic rhythms against the backdrop of cascading vocal crescendos and counterpoint melodies. The result is a contemporary genre – Afro-Indian / Soul wherein the performance traditions of parody, devotion, and protest are inexorably fused. The Black Mamba album had a world preview at the Tate Modern Museum, London (2017), inaugurated the 20th Contemporary Arts Festival, VideoBrasil_Sesc, São Paulo (2017), the Kochi Muziris Biennale, India (2016) and headlined at the Ziro Music festival, India (2016). The Black Mamba has also played at local venues in India such as Blue Frog, Social, The Finch, Primal Bar, Humming Tree etc.
About the Artists:
Suman Sridhar, artist-vocalist-composer extraordinaire bridges the worlds of jazz, blues, pop, Indian classical, cabaret, opera, afro-cuban and rap. She has received equal critical and commercial acclaim earning her the reputation of a ”vocal gymnast” traversing effortlessly between cultures, genres, languages and sounds. Suman has sung chart-topping Bollywood hits such as Fifi (Bombay Velvet, 2015), Muskaane Jhooti Hain (Talaash, 2012), Khoya Khoya Chand (Shaitan, 2011). She has received several prestigious nominations in recognition of her work including Best Female Playback Singer-Times of India Film Awards, Best Female Indie Artist – MTV Video Music Awards India, Band and Album of the Year- Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards 2013. Her noted live, radio, televised and gallery performances include the Southbank Centre (UK), The Great Escape Festival (UK), Coke Studio (MTV India), BBC- World Service (UK), NH7 Weekender (India), dOCUMENTA (13) (Germany), Tate Modern (UK), Kochi Biennale (India), Jazzmandu (Nepal), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), Radio Mirchi Music Awards (India), One Billion Rising (India), National Centre for Performing Arts (India).
Natasha Mendonca is an award-winning filmmaker and electronic musician from Mumbai, India. She holds a Masters in Film, Video and Sound from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art PS1, (USA), Centre Pompidou (France), Tate Modern (U.K), Instituto Tomie Ohtake (Brazil), Los Angeles County Museum, (USA), Kochi Muziris Biennale, India Art Fair, NGBK (Germany), Locarno Film Festival etc. Her film Jan Villa, won the Tiger award at The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011, the Ken Burns award for the Best film of the festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2011, a residency award at the Southern Panoramas competition, Video Brasil 2011 and the Best film of the festival, Experimenta, India 2011.
Her feature film Strange Love / Ajeeb Aashiq was nominated for the Bright Future Award 2016 at the International film festival Rotterdam won the residency prize at the Wexner Centre for the Arts at Sesc_VideoBrasil festival and the jury prize at LSF Hamburg International film festival (2017). She was on the Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 and was part of the Berlinale Talents 2017. She has represented India at the 2012 London Olympics and Cultural festival (Tate Modern).