Blackstratblues is a solo project of Warren Mendonsa, a guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer. The current lineup is made up of Jai Row Kavi (Indus Creed, Pangea) on drums, Adi Mistry (Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi) on bass and Beven Fonseca (Clinton Cerejo, Amit Trivedi) on keys.
Their music is predominantly instrumental and consists of a blend of blues, rock and 70s psychedelia with strong melodic and occasional electronic influences. The band has played at NH7, Sulafest, Indigo & Blues and the Mahindra Blues Fest, where they shared the stage with their heroes Tedeschi Trucks Band and Doyle Bramhall II.
Blackstratblues has released four albums to date. 2007’s Nights In Shining Karma was recorded solely by Warren and his brother Zorran in a garage in Auckland. The album garnered significant praise and appreciation on online music forums and contained the songs ‘Anuva’s Sky’ and ‘Blues For Gary’, which are still loved by fans nearly a decade later.
2009’s The New Album was released solely online. ‘Ode To A Sunny Day’ from the album was featured on MTV Coke Studio 2 as the basis of Karsh Kale’s track ‘Ode To A Sunny Day/Hallelujah’.
The Universe Has a Strange Sense of Humour was released in 2015. Their latest album is The Last Analog Generation and has topped India’s iTunes charts across all genres, the first Indian indie act to have ever done so.
Kutle Khan is a multi-talented folk musician who has performed across the world. Khan embodies the rich, melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions of Rajasthani folk music. His performances are a blend of his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions.
With this, Khan produces the most passionate and energetic live Sufi and Indian folk. Hailing from a family of musicians, this master of the khartal began playing music at the age of eight, learning every instrument he could get his hands on. Khan also plays the dholak, bhapang, harmonium, sarangi and sings, writes and composes.
Khan is also an integral part of the Rajasthan Roots, a popular band of collective folk musicians who create folk and contemporary music. He also tours with the legendary British-Tamil singer Susheela Raman.
His other collaborations include the Midival Punditz, Tritha Electric, Hari Stojka , Talvin Singh and Coco Rossie.