Latest Releases on Vinyl
EL V & The Gardenhouse
7″ 45 rpm
LATIN SKA REGGAE
7″ 45 rpm
MAYA RHYTHMS & CUMBIA
La Fanfarria del Capitán
12″ 33 rpm
At Tropical Diaspora® Records we are committed to create a narrative, musical and otherwise, about the people that crossed the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas and gave rise to different cultural expressions that reflect both the horror and hope of that experience. In creating such a narrative we are however aware that the tools we use to communicate our idea and mission are shaped by the historical narrative of the imperialist powers; the hegemonic role that, for example, language play: French, English and Portuguese in Africa; Spanish, Portuguese and English in the Americas. We are even to blame for using English as lingua franca for our purposes. But, is it silence a better option? We won’t be silent. We want to speak; we believe that we have the right to speak and will use whatever means we have at our disposal in order to open up a communicative interface that is respectful of the history and legacy of the communities whose experiences, struggles and worldviews steadily groove like in a vinyl record our own work at Tropical Diaspora®.
As we carry out our musical research we come face to face with the question of how to address the cultural life of communities that only became part of the historical record from the moment Europeans became aware of their existence, which further means that their history is shaped by the way of looking at, by the narratives of the Europeans traders and colonialists.
Tropical Diaspora® Label & Event Curation
We are a record label but a regular event too, we describe our party’s musical ethos as “The platform for live music and performance dedicated to the fusion of different styles, a culture way that is especially cultivated in Brazil since the days of Tropicalia. Fresh from gigs in Africa, South- and North-America, we are kicking off a new series of monthly parties in Berlin, featuring many local Bands and DJ´s also too from Europe and worldwide.
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