Hi. My name is Shane Solanki, and I often create under the pseudonym of Last Mango In Paris. I’m an artist based in London. I write and perform, produce music, and create stories which combine comedy, poetry, music and film. I like working in a participatory way, where I can employ my skills to facilitate others to tell their stories. I like creating environments which allow people to be honest, authentic and vulnerable. I strive for equality and champion the disenfranchised.
I began my career working with the record label Ninja Tune as an in-house wordsmith. Simultaneously I was part of Anokha, a collective spearheaded by musician Talvin Singh, who produced my first record, Accepting Tranquillity, released on the Anokha: Sounds of the Asian Underground compilation on Island Records. I have collaborated and performed with many brilliant artists over the last twenty years, in fields spanning music, stand up comedy, spoken word, theatre and live art.
In 2014 I performed a show and wrote a book called Superheroines I Have Known And Loved. The process allowed me to question and probe my relationship to women, and my anger and frustration at gender inequality.
In 2015 I created participatory work in India, visited China to research and develop ideas, and completed a couple of UK based residencies. I also released an album in collaboration with Mumbai-based electronic music producer Bandish Projekt.
In 2016 I performed works-in-progress of a new show, Songs Of Immigrants And Experience. The show will tour the UK in 2018. It’s a contemporary fairy tale which reflects upon identity, sustainability, and our relationship to loss and grief.
In January 2017, I travelled to Nigeria with the British Council to create music, in a participatory process, with local musicians in Port Harcourt.