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Updated: Mar 21

In today's world, Mamba Negra is perceived as a "weapon of resistance and passion”. Founded six years ago by Carol Schutzer also known as Cashu, Mamba Negra is a party with a vast sense of community routinely attracting up to 2000 people in the area of Sao Paulo. Meant to create a n space to provide safety and inclusion for its visitors of different backgrounds actively providing space and visibility for women, transgender and LGBTQI+ artists. Mamba Negra's dance floor activism has resonated far beyond São Paulo, and now incorporates a record label and booking agency. During an interview to Resident Advisor she describes Mamba Negra as a catharsis. "It started very spontaneously, in a context of artistic and political effervescence in São Paulo in May 2013, when many collectives began to occupy the streets and parks of the city centre with parties. Throughout the years the snake took its shape and transmuted itself. With a subversive character, like a weapon of resistance and passion, we went through many amazing places and very special and explosive moments in parks, warehouses, small bars, festivals in downtown, artistic and housing occupations. Always taking care of the energy of the party, creating this sense of community, inclusive and safe space for the visitors. Our artistic production team is composed mostly by women, with many transgender and LGBTQI+ individuals. We are surrounded by many wonderful artists for sound, lights and performances."

Our main challenge is to make the party financially sustainable. Even though we attract from 1500 to 2000 people in each edition, the costs of a perfect infrastructure are incredibly high and the average consumption of our public is quite low. A few years ago the city government began to persecute us and pushed us towards legal control. The license costs and licensed locations are a lot more expensive and very restricted and those costs smashed our budget. Another issue is that MAMBA's name is bigger than the party itself, I mean, there are a lot of people expecting to play, but we don't have that much space or slots. We are not a club with a weekly schedule or a festival of many days. Our party happens every two months and sometimes with only one stage. For foreign artists it is even harder, because we can only bring four or five each year and we also like to make editions with local artists only." Check her apparition during one of the editions of Amsterdam's music festival and Dekmantel.


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