Warren Mendonsa is one of India’s most loved guitarist and is the brains behind Blackstratblues, his solo project along with Jai Row Kavi, keyboardist Beven Fonseca and bassist Adi Mistry.

Blackstratblues has released his latest album titled ‘Hindsight Is 2020‘ following up from his 2019 album ‘When It’s Time’.

The album is a 16 track magnum opus consisting of heavy head-bobbing and moments of beautiful intricate guitar riffage which may cause ‘stank face’.

Warren sticks to his trademark sound which in itself is homage to the man who has spent decades perfecting his playing style. This is testament to the many fans across India who can identify a Blackstratblues song within the first few notes of the guitar.


For once, I understood what people mean when they say it’s not the number of notes you can play, but how much you can express with a few notes. Mr Warren’s group ‘Blackstratblues’ has no singer! (Yes no singer, it is only instrumentals. Trust me you will not need any vocals once the song starts). He is known for his incendiary guitar tones and the quality of live performances.

Warren has grown from entering the music scene with his band ‘Zero’ one of Mumbai’s most loved bands, and more recently his solo project called ‘Blackstratblues. He is also very gifted and versatile and producer/engineer today. He easily captivates a growing, dedicated and loyal fan base all around the country with his 3 self released three albums.

A strange connection I have with the music of Blackstratblues is that a few years ago, while I was listening to his album I had this stong desire to buy the CD!. Yes, paying for music sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?!. Why would anyone pay when you can listen to it for FREE? Blah Blah Blah..!. Well, you pay for it cause it means something to you, you appreciate the effort, the creative integrity, the time and the effort that has gone into something that makes you happy. And yes I would pay for something that puts a smile on my face :). Warren describes his genre of music as ‘Good Honest Music’ which according to me definitely hits the sweet spot.

So that’s it folks, I hope you listen to ‘Blackstratblues’ and enjoy it as much as I did.

Listen to ‘Little Rascal’ from his third studio album called ‘The Universe has a Strange Sense of Humour’ which was released in 2015 and featured Jai Row Kavi and Karsh Kale on Drums, Adi Mistry on Bass and Nikhil D’Souza on guest vocals.