A cosmic tapestry of sultry and haunting vocals, heart-grounding bass lines and a fusion of experimental and dense rhythms, Shiro Dame is neon soul. Debuting in 2013, their sound is ever-changing, undefined, electric medicine to music heads seeking new aural experiences. Shiro Dame is comprised of Sarah White on vocals, Rico Simon Mendez on guitar, synths, & beats, Blayr Alexander on drums, Dameun Strange on keytar and Ike Russell on bass.
The latest project from White who has returned to the Twin Cities after an artistic tenure in New York City, where the songstress performed along side Imani Izuri, Waajeed, and King Britt among other artists. White’s musical background includes two highly acclaimed music outfits of the Twin Cities, Traditional Methods and Black Blondie. Also returning from NYC is her long-time collaborator Mendez, who debuted on the Twin Cities music scene most notably as guitarist for Los Nativos and on the wheels of steel as DJ Don Cuco. Certified in sound healing therapy, Mendez brings the spirit of the “curandero” to the Shiro Dame cipher.
The band is rounded out by a tremendous line-up of veterans of the Twin Cities music scene. Russell, hailing from a musical family, has performed with reggae bands throughout the Twin Cities, has toured nationally with folk group, the Creek Dippers and brings his appreciation of hip-hop through his bass playing. D.C. native, Dameun Strange is formally trained in Classical, Jazz, West African and Electronic music and has been a saxophonist and keyboardist with a number of groups in the Twin Cities. Emerging drummer Blayr Alexander, also from a musical lineage, has been impressing audience with his incomparable skills since he joined the local music scene.