Monica Dogra & Madboy/Mink
14 September 2019
The Back Room
Main image by Tanvi Arora
Madboy/Mink are a Funk - nu disco duo based in Mumbai, India. Mashing up dirty electro and funk with old school Harlem-swing, they use live guitar and synthesizers with soulfully destroyed vocals and vocoders to play a mod – nu disco anti-aesthetic.
Labeled an Ambassador of “The New India”, Monica Sharma Dogra is a Maryland raised musician, daughter of Kashmiri immigrants, who grew up listening to Hindu devotional songs, ghazals, and the Bollywood hits of Lata Mangeshkar. After winning a competition at the age of 16, she debuted at Carnegie Hall and then went on to graduate from NYU’s prestigious music performance program - which catapaulted her to appear in the New York Theatre Circuit doing both plays and musicals. She then found herself in India, while recording a solo-project with Andre Bettes in New York City, the producer of Madonna’s Immaculate Collection. It was there she met her music partner Randolph Correia, and formed the band Shaa’ir + func (S+F for short). S+F has been named one of India’s favorite bands by VH1, and played at some of the biggest festivals in the world.