mandhla.

musician. evolving. queer creative. performance artist. visual artist.

Artist Biography

Mandhla. is a 22 year old trans-feminine gender non-comforming body born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. As a current resident between Berlin and Cologne, she brings a blend of experimental R&B and Soul music intertwined with visual projections and performative dancing. Her music speaks of the daily trials that Trans*, enby and femme* immigrant bodies experience daily with love, identity, sex and acceptance.

A strong lover of fashion, the art of voguing and music, she promises to bring to you an experience that takes you to a world of beauty and divine epiphanies through fierce queer representation and black femme* power.

As a political and social activist, she is a part of the BIPoC collective, DEMASK, which strives in creating safer spaces for QT (Queer, Trans) BIPoC in Cologne and surrounding areas. She is also a design student, at Hoschule Rhein Waal University of Applied Sciences and is a visual media artist.


Play music below:

Catharsis: a reflection into the queer sexual experience(an interpretation of ‘The Pap’ by Ralf Gum)

Watch the video for ‘Catharsis‘ here: VIDEO

Watch ‘WHOLE Festival’ Performance:

EMPOWER AR II, November 2019

Performance Portfolio

2018

  • Kaleo Sansaa ‘Purple Moon EP’ PreRelease Party, at Kunsthaus Rhenania (Cologne, Germany) May 2018
  • Cafe Dudel Cafe, (Cologne, Germany) September 2018
  • Soul Trip Poetry Vol III, at Open Air Kino, (Cologne, Germany) September 2018
  • House of Living Colours Presents: Turn Up and Trill, at ACUD MACHT AU (Berlin, Germany) December 2018
  • TransFormations Film Festival, at Werkstadtt der Kulturen (Berlin, Germany) December 2018

2019

  • One World Poetry at Familiengarten Stadtteilzentrum des Kotti (Berlin, Germany) April 2019
  • Trans March Pride After Party at Mothers and Daughters (Brussels, Belgium) May 2019
  • Shakedown Brussels at Sunset Club (Brussels, Belgium) May 2019
  • WHOLE Festival, (Ferropolis, Germany) June, 2019
  • Kabale Feminist Sommerfest, (Gottingen, Germany) July, 2019
  • QT (Queer and Trans) POC (People of Colour) Pride Party, (Hamburg, Germany), July, 2019
  • Queer and Now: From Stonewall to Utopia (WUSS3000), at Munchener Kammerspiele (Munich, Germany) July, 2019
  • Melt Festival, (Ferropolis, Germany) July, 2019
  • Artlake Festival, (L60, Germany) August 2019
  • Norrebro Pride After-Party, (Copenhagen, Denmark) August, 2019
  • ISUSU: Pan African Festival at be’kech, (Berlin, Germany) August, 2019
  • IN*Vision Festival, August, 2019
  • DEMASK Festival, (Cologne, Germany) October 2019
  • Queer Visible, (Munich, Germany) October 2019
  • Trans Pride Cologne at Amaro Kher, (Cologne, Germany) October 2019
  • EMPOWER AR II Festival – A Sense of Solidarity at Kunstfabrik. (Berlin, Germany) November 2019
  • Anti-Discrimination Day at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, (Berlin, Germany) November, 2019
  • Dissappearing Berlin: Fragments of the Impossible at Green Mango, (Berlin, Germany) November 2019

2020

  • Monstor Ronsons (Berlin, Germany), January 2019
  • Peachy Trade at KAKE (Berlin, Germany), January 2019

Gallery below:

Trans* Pride Cologne, September 2019

Empower AR II Festival, November 2019

Kaleo Sansaa ‘Purple Moon EP’ PreRelease Party, May 2018

Soul Trip Poetry, September 2018

Trans Pride Brussels, May 2019

Turn Up and Trill, December 2018

Theatre Portfolio

2019

  • Queer and Now: From Stonewall to Utopia (WUSS3000), at Munchener Kammerspiele (Munich, Germany) July, 2019

Credited as: Performer

2020

  • Endangered Species, at Sophiensaale during Tanztage (Berlin, Germany) January 2020

Credited as: Performer/Assistant Choreographer/Sound Designer

Gallery below:

Endangered Species, January 2020

Queer and Now: From Stonewall to Utopia (WUSS3000), at Munchener Kammerspiele

Press and Publications:

Endangered Species

Visual Work


Contact

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Berlin / Cologne
Germany

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walking on the burning coals of self acceptance”

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