Record: Buiganga Tropical Vol.2

Dear Tropical Diaspora people!

We greet a new member of the family Tropical Diaspora of whom we are very proud. As you know the Americas were populated by original native people from the south to the north. The indigenous people of the Americas are the so-called pre-Colombian population and their descendants, some 69 millions of them today. As defined by the colonial boundaries of today’s national states, the indigenous people of the Americas stretch from Alaska and Canada to Chile and Argentina. In the documentary film about the Mayan culture called GUATEMAYA-The Unification of Wisdom by Cassidy Rast we’ve found a bright and poignant statement…

…We have been marginalised, we have been oppressed, our rights have been violated, our fruits have been cut, our branches have been cut, the trunk has been cut, but the root… lives…

Actually, these words can be said by all original people in the continent, from the past and in these days more than ever.
In Europe Tropical Diaspora Records sprouts from this root against every resistance and prejudice, it is a part of this root and considers as his mission and obligation to bring its wisdom in the form of music to the people of the world. It is a unique experience brought in a material (vinyl) made to outlast like the music itself as well as the cultural roots of native people in the “Americas”.

We love to introduce you Doctor Nativo, one of Central America’s most exciting new talents. His music explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice and folk wisdom, punctuated by an explosive sound combining reggae, cumbia, hip hop, and Mayan traditional music. His live show is a powerful experience that has captivated audiences all throughout the Americas and Europe. In one of his videos, in a street performance of the song Guatemaya Doctor Nativo says…

…Thank You Very much …Esto es musica original… wicked and wild all the way long from Guatemaya…

The powerful statement of this song has moved us to press it in a vinyl record of 7 inches, 45 rpm in a version for collectors, for Djs and all those interested in the musical wisdom. This is a song with a strong beat and mix of reggae, Mayan rhythms, hip hop and cumbia. One of the highlights are the Mayan rappers Tzutu Kan and M.Che singing in Mayan language. They are well-known throughout Mayan communities for rapping in T’zutuhil, celebrating the traditional cosmology, and sharing their culture to a wide audience.

Thank You.
Dj Garrincha & Dr. Sócrates



Record: El Doctor & Tamarita

With this new single El Doctor & Tamarita of EL V and The Gardenhouse Tropical Diaspora® Records brings to you not just the superb music of the Italian combo but something that we love at Tropical Diaspora® Records, that is, music with political content and, in this case, nothing less than two inspiring tracks about revolution: the revolutionary socialism of Tamarita and the Corinthian Democracy led by Doutor Sócrates that can be summarised by the phrase “Ser Campeão é Detalhe” / “Being Champion is a Detail”. A revolutionary music that introduces a group of musicians who after thirty years of activity aren’t going to give up. Tomorrow is going to be too late, says EL V, who creates a live-based musical experience in a versatile cultural, linguistic and social context. We have to make a difference today!, because it is today that we have the urgency to intervene, to regain control of world going adrift!

At a time in which a culture of walls and divisions wants to take over, music fight back!

Music is a unifying language, a smile, the sharing of energy, the joy of stretching the hand towards those who have no voice. It represents “el camino de la vida”  / “the way of life” that you meet in these songs. The band transmits a deep desire for union, solidarity and cooperation. The stories told in these songs, El Doctor and Tamarita, reveal two extraordinary characters who have contributed to change their time and became a source of inspiration for the search of new ways of empowerment.

These tracks are sung in 4 languages, representing the singing style of EL V, in which several languages co-exist in the same song. A number of guests musicians participate in the project and alongside EL V in numerous concerts across Italy. Each of these artists gives new poems to the project, colouring it with international passion. “… somos el mundo entero dentro de nosotros” / “…we are the whole world inside ourselves”.



Record: La Giravida


The band La Fanfarria del Capitán was born 204 in Argentina with Victoria Cornejo, Jerónimo Cassagne and Francisco Mercado. Creators of the Latin Fanfare, genre that fuses Balkan folklore with Latin rhythms.

From 2011 we began with our international tour, reaching the route up to 7 months a year. In this time the band added to its formation musicians from different countries like Germany, Holland, Greece, Brazil, Spain, Russia, China, Japan and Kasajastán that provided versatility and color to our artistic proposal. Today the Captain’s ship is much more than a band, it’s a way of life!

Our mission: Travel around the world sharing and expanding the boundaries of our music!

With 4 albums edited, the first “Flowers of the Forest of Bologna” (2007) produced by Matías Cella (Jorge Drexler, Kevin Johansen, among others) and edited with EMI Publishing. “E Viva!” (2012), also by Cella, was released in Austria through Newton Records. “Fanfarria Latina On Tour” (2014) is a live album recorded in Austria and released by Newton Records which records the international tour of 2013.


“La Giravida” (2016), produced by Diego Blanco (Los Pericos) and Jerónimo Cassagne. It is a two year project with more than 40 guest musicians from Macedonia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece and Argentina.


That counts on the stellar participation of the Orkestar Kocani, where we travel specially to record to its studies in Macedonia. It is composed of 12 tracks that cover the variety of styles ranging from the most festive balkan to traditional cumbias and deep ballads.

We give about 80 concerts a year in cities and countries around the world. Argentina, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, England, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Kosovo, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, China and Japan.


Featured festivals world wide: 

Karneval der Kulturen (Berlin), Tollwood (Munich), Fusion (Lärz), Wutzrock (Hamburg), Solar (Peckfitz), Tropen Tango (Wiesbaden), Waldwelt (Eggerzsell), Hoffest (Mehring), Nuevo Sol (Rostock), Poggenhagen Open Air, Alm Fest (Winklmosaal), A.Tension (Lärz), Unsomst & Draussen (Karlstadt), Friedensfestival (Iserholn), Querfeldein (Hohnstein), Schaubudensommer (Dresden), Lateinamerika Festival (Hamburg), Pepsi Music (Buenos Aires), Rock BA (Buenos Aires), Fiesta Mundial (Balen) OCT Loft Jazz Festival (Shenzhen, China), A Rebusca (Manzaneda), Antrospinos (Riantxo), Noche Mágica (Balboa), JazzLiebe Festival (Murska Sobota, Elovenia), World Village (Helsinki), Mundial Festival  (Tilburg), Gideon (Groningen), Ruigoord (Amsterdam), BOtanique (Bologna), Supernova (San Salvo), Música W (Castellina Maritima, Rebel Sounds (Tokyo), Trutnov Festival (Czeck Rep), Mighty Sounds (Tabor), Festival Adelitas (Praga), Harvest (Moscow), Movement (Perm, Russia), Wild Mint (Kaluga, Russia), MIĘDZYNARODOWE ŚWIĘTO (Polonia), DokuFest (Prizren, Kosovo), Ariano Folkfestival (Italia) Festival Ciudad Emergente (Buenos Aires), Onderstroom Festival (Holanda), Vijver Festival (Belgica), Drienok Festival (Slovakia), Bimble Bandada (UK).



Lido, SO-36, Badehaus, YAAM (Berlin), Ström, Ampere (München), Hafenklang, Honigfabrik (Hamburg), DESI (Nürnberg), Das Bett (Frankfurt), Sargafabrik, B72, WUK (Vienna), Niceto, The Roxy, Groove, CCMatienzo (Buenos Aires), Vox (Wuhan), YYT (Shanghai), Yugong Yishan (Beijing), Sala Apolo (Barcelona), Melkweg (Amsterdam), ORKZ (Groningen), Marz (Tokyo) Masterskaya (Moscow), NoviGrod (Tambov)Plagenick (Odessa), ArtKvartira (Harkov), Moriska Paviljongen (Malmö), Palas Acropolis (Praga).

Artist: ALÁFIA

Record: Aláfia


Eleven personalities assembled give rise to a dense, cosmopolitan, dancing sound. It all started back in 2011, when the Aláfia pack was heating up their affinities with a run of performances at Bar B, in the center of São Paulo. The street language, the freshness of these gatherings, and the deep liaison with the Afro-Brazilian ancestry dawned as crucial aspects to the creation of the group. Of urban nature, the troop belongs in the entranced city. Aláfia’s music (alafia, from yoruba, open ways) rises from the digestion of such diverse influences, a meeting point of rap, Brazilian pop music, funk, as well as the musicality of traditional worship yards. Rhythms and melodies shape a sophisticated lyricism that questions the current society, leaving no one indifferent.

After releasing a first eponymous album in 2013 at SESC Pompéia with packed house, Aláfia has been through all over the city and state of São Paulo, marking their presence in a bunch of local venues. They also took part in important events, such as the Black Consciousness Day at the Anhangabaú Valley, the Virada Cultural of both city and state of São Paulo, the opening of Cooperifa’s culture festival, João Rock Festival in Ribeirão Preto, Favela Monte Azul Festival, among others. The band also made itself present in other states: at the SESC Cariri cultural festival, in Ceará; and the Festival Veraneio, held at Oi Futuro Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro; until making its first overseas performance at Plaza de la Revolución in La Havana, Cuba.

Its originality was highlighted by the media and acknowledged by the music scene. The song Mais Tarde made it to the soundtrack of the “Fifa World Cup 2014” videogame, by Electronic Arts, while Em Punga integrates the New Sounds selection of the British magazine Songlines. In May 2014, Aláfia released the single Quintal along with their first video, which had over four thousand views in the first 48 hours. They have also presented themselves in brazilian TV shows, in addition to performing the web concert “Showlivre”.

2015 marks the release of their second album, Corpura (YB Music), presented by the Natura Musical program. Produced by Alê Siqueira and Eduardo Brechó, it brings along the band’s commitment not only to its Brazilian roots and matrixes, but also to the need of dialoguing with the country’s cultural and social realities. Current and relevant issues are approached and brought to music while Aláfia flirts with Carioca black music back from the 1970s, along with touches of North American and African funk. The candomblé funk then reaches its maturity. Corpura equally leads to reflection and invites do dance.



Eduardo Brechó – vocals and guitar

Xênia França – vocals

Jairo Pereira – vocals

Alysson Bruno – percussion

Victor Eduardo – percussion

Lucas Cirillo – harmônica

Pipo Pegoraro – guitar

Gabriel Catanzaro – bass

Gil Duarte – trombone and flute

Filipe Vedolin – drums

Fabio Leandro – keyboards

photography by Sté Frateschi

Source: Aláfia


Artists: Super Spanish Combo & Banda Jardes

Record: Bugiganga Tropical Vol.1

Cara A • El Raval

Mataron A Juan Andrés by Super Spanish Combo • from district of El Raval in Barcelona – Spain

We know the Super Spanish Combo since the beginning in Barcelona and at least we could realize a big live show with those guys in Berlin at the Tropical Diaspora Vol.37 last year. We define the band as a “Band with responsibility and conscience” since the Combo have an affinity to texts with strong content. To point this great combo characteristic just let´s take the case of Juan Andrés Benítez from the district of Raval in Barcelona. Juan Andres Benitez Alvarez was 50 years old, born in Seville and lived more then 10 years in Barcelona, where he had two commercial establishments in the area known as ‘Gayxample’ of Barcelona. A video shows how four policemen kicked, punched, kneed and kill the man as he “squealed like a pig”, how one of the neighbours who filmed the event put it.
We are very proud to press this protest latin song for all Juan Andrés every where in the world!

Lado B • Guaianases

Grilos Da Vida (Nego Vem Sambá)  by Banda Jardes • 1976 Original Samba Rock from district of Guaianases in São Paulo – Brazil

Many stories around this records exists and in São Paulo in the vinyl stores everybody know this record that is practically impossible to be found. One of the stories told by Regis himself is that somebody in that times as the band was very known in the city has made thousands of illegal copies of the record and as the band, producer and Regis began to search for the responsible and as the pressure got to strong those guys throw all records that had not been sold in the river Tiete. Anyway this year i meet Regis in São Paulo to get his only one copy of the record, he has made it clear, the record is only borrowed to Tropical Diaspora Records for the project also we will press this song by our label soon. We will take it from this records that is in a very good condition. The record is now in Berlin and before we press a new 7 inch with this groove, the audience here will have the opportunity to hear and dance this great samba rock by the Jardes Band.

Cover Design by Matthias Beck –

With this record we are pleased to announce the launch of our record collection Bugiganga Tropical. This is a 4 records collection with special cover designs based on Tropical Diaspora´s Records concept and realized by the designer Matthias Beck from Estudio Rosebud based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. With plants related to the African-Diaspora peoples work in the Americas the cover art should help the beholder to remember why Africans were brought along to the Americas. For us the connection to the cultural and in our case musical legacy related to this movements from mainland Africa. This first cover art with a coffee plant remember us the kind of work Africans did in many regions in South-America, the same regions where those rhythms were created trough the interaction between Africans and or Europeans and or Native south Americans. He hope you enjoy this records as we do!


Tropical Diaspora® Records – Dj GArRinchA



Artist: Transilvanians

Record: Two Fireworks in Hi-Fi

Transilvanians, the 7-piece band from Vigo, the city at the world’s end (as the legend says about the Romans who feared the Atlantic devouring the sun everyday at nightfall), has a new 7-inch out “Two Fireworks in Hi-Fi”: thanks to their collaboration with the Berlin-based Tropical Diaspora Records.

This is the fourth 7-inch of their career, a fifth one will come out soon!, in addition to two full-length albums. We already talked about their second full-length, “Echo, Vibes & Fire”, in our Vinyl of the Week Vol.8. Not bad for a 12 years musical career that, we hope, will last much much longer.

This is a high quality R&B Jamaican style record, a truly high-fidelity ‘firework’, classy and fine-tuned performed by a band that knows exactly how to achieve the kind of contemporary black sound they are chasing after.

The record includes two killers versions in R&B Jamaican style of Clarence Henry and Laurel Aitken.

The A-side includes a version of the acclaimed “Boogie In My Bones” by the great Laurel Aitken, a 1960 number one Jamaican hit. It is somehow representative of Aitken’s transition from mento and ’50s American R&B to ska. Transilvanians have created a stylish genuine boogie-woogie dancefloor hit that keeps on Aitken’s early RnB style, now embellished with the smoothy vocals of Javier Marcos masterly accompanied by the steady sound of Vieitez’s boogie piano.

The B-side is a version of “Ain’t Got No Home”, the debut hit of the New Orleans-born RnB singer and pianist Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Transilvanias slows down Frogman’s frenetic beat producing an elegant Jamaican style highly danceable ska version, this time with the brass and the solo guitar taking the leading part.

But it isn’t everything about music. Don’t miss the album’s cover. Transilvanians have again put their trust in Roberto Argüelles for the cover’s design. Roberto never lets you down. Playing with Transilvanians’ well-known love of horror B movies and sci-fi trash he has created a Transivanians’ version of Stevenson’s treasure island, this time with two vampire-like pirates getting their much sought-after shiny reward while in the background a smoking volcano is about to play its part in this musical firecracker.

Let yourself be transformed into a music-sucking bat, and this 7-inch will be your reward!

Tropical Diaspora® Records by Dj Dr.Sócrates

Transilvanians is a seven piece band from Vigo town (Galiza, Spanish State) formed in 2004. Band members come from different music styles and adventures, all of them focused in black sounds and also sci-fi & horror movies. Their music style has been defined as martian funk, refreshing rocksteady, groovy soul, horror reggae, dub or Jamaican R&B, a sound that they have carried all over the spanish geography as well as some European countries like Belgium, France, Germany, Holland or Portugal. They have released two successful full length albums besides of four 7″ and some compilation appearances. But they are also a professional backing band working oftenly with some Jamaican legends like Roy Ellis (a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, with whom they have also recorded in the studio in 2012), Winston Francis, Yvonne Harrison or Roy Panton.

Source: Transilvanians




Tropical Diaspora Records


vinyl of the week- the blog

Dear Tropicalistas, we are aware of the spate of Blogs in the social networks all talking a great deal of things about vinyl. Regardless of this fact we at Tropical Diaspora want to give our own touch about how we select and play music in our events, parties, mix tapes or live concerts. I, Dj Garrincha, together with the other resident Dj Dr.Sócrates, have created the experience behind Tropical Diaspora joined by other musicians and Djs who have played with us contributing to the Tropical Diaspora’s concept of music selection.

We have been playing in Berlin for many years using only vinyl records, although in some occasions DJs coming from other cities and countries have played with computers, for cheap flights and carrying vinyl records are in the most cases incompatible. But our guest DJs are themselves vinyl collectors or have a strong relation with the music they play and recognize the value vinyl records have. We are aware of the musical boundaries within which we work and, based on that principle, we have decided to share our passion for the musical heritage of many Diasporas worldwide in our own Blog called “Vinyl of the week” here at Tropical Diaspora.


The mission is not just to write another vinyl review but, on the contrary, to give our visitors and all interested people world wide a musical way of understanding what we do at Tropical Diaspora. The key word “Diaspora” (often with a capital D) is commonly used to describe the Jewish diaspora meaning the expulsion of the Jews from Israel back in the 8th and 6th century B.C. and later in the 2nd century A.D. from Jerusalem. For thousands of years there have been large-scale migrations driven mainly by economic causes, like the search for better chances in life. The term “Tropical Diaspora” itself is not exclusive—for example, it can be found in the book “Tropical Diaspora: The Jewish Experience in Cuba” that tells us about the Cuban Jewish community.

For us the word Diaspora is more than that and encapsulates our mission, i.e. to bring the Diaspora music close to people here in Berlin, which is the German city with the highest rate of immigrant population—with people coming from all over the world. We use Tropical Diaspora as a platform where everybody meets everybody and shares its passions and inspirations. Music is a very special cultural manifestation as it transcends national borders and blows up the boundaries of ethnic exclusion, prejudice and racism, all phenomena that are very present in European cities. They were present in the past and they are even stronger in these days of Neoliberal globalization. Against all kinds of bigotry we have to acknowledge that, in some way or another, we all are children of a Diaspora.

Tropical Diaspora

Record Release

2 – La Dame Blanche

Dear Tropicalistas, TROPICAL DIASPORA RECORDS in cooperation with WAKAN TANKA RECORDS is proud to announce the release of its first LP “2” by La Dame Blanche. This great record is produced by Marc “Babylotion” Damblé and Emiliano “El hijo de la cumbia” Gomez, a masterpiece of urban music that travels through hip hop, cumbia, reggae, rock… and much more.
The record has been previously released as mp3 with 17 songs (featured below). The LP version includes 12 tracks and has been pressed in Germany by Tropical Diaspora® Records. This is a dance floor killer suited for vinyl DJs that will delight collectors too.

2 La Dame Blanche as LP on Vinyl

2 La Dame Blanche as LP on Vinyl

2 La Dame Blanche as LP on Vinyl

Everything began in 2015 when Tropical Diaspora invited La Dame Blanche together with Marc “Babylotion” Damblé to do a concert for the first time in Berlin at BiNuu. After an awesome performance we proposed Yaite Ramos, La Dame Blanche, to press her next album as vinyl record. Without giving much thought her answer was YES! So, one year later here we are very proud to be part of this great project called – “2 – La Dame Blanche”.

La Dame Blanche “2” is a collection of 12 tracks of urban music with a strong social content and intense spirituality, the sort of stories that need to be told, says Yaite Ramos.

Tropical Diaspora Records


2 La Dame Blanche LP vinyl out now!

2 La Dame Blanche LP vinyl out now!

Artist: La Dame Blanche

Record: 2 – La Dame Blanche

by Tropical Diaspora® Records

Dear Tropicalistas, TROPICAL DIASPORA RECORDS in cooperation with WAKAN TANKA RECORDS is proud to announce the release of its first LP “2” by La Dame Blanche. This great record is produced by Marc “Babylotion” Damblé and Emiliano “El hijo de la cumbia” Gomez, a masterpiece of urban music that travels through hip hop, cumbia, reggae, rock… and much more.

The record has been previously released as mp3 with 17 songs. The LP version includes 12 tracks and has been pressed in Germany by Tropical Diaspora® Records. This is a dance floor killer suited for vinyl DJs that will delight collectors too.

Everything began in 2015 when Tropical Diaspora invited La Dame Blanche together with Marc “Babylotion” Damblé to do a concert for the first time in Berlin at BiNuu. After an awesome performance we proposed Yaite Ramos, La Dame Blanche, to press her next album as vinyl record. Without giving much thought her answer was YES! So, one year later here we are very proud to be part of this great project called – “2 – La Dame Blanche”.

La Dame Blanche “2” is a collection of 12 tracks of urban music with a strong social content and intense spirituality, the sort of stories that need to be told, says Yaite Ramos.

Tropical Diaspora Records

Yo soy La Dame Blanche, todo se puede!

Yaite Ramos Rodrígez

Yaite Ramos, a Cuban musician living in Paris, is the daughter of Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos (Musical Director of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra). Previously a flutist and part of the chorus with Sargento Garcia, she’s also the lead singer of El Hijo de la Cumbia. Under the artistic direction of Marc Babylotion Damblé (Sargento Garcia, Amadou & Mariam, Orishas), French sound engineer/beat maker, and Emiliano Gomez, a.k.a El Hijo de la Cumbia, an Argentinian producer renowned for his fusion of Cumbia and urban sounds, La Dame Blanche’s music is rich in social meaning and claim its roots in the traditions of urban music. Rap, Reggae, and certainly Nu Cumbia are all fertile playgrounds for La Dame Blanche.






Tropical Diaspora® PROUDLY PRESENTS

Karneval der Kulturen” Edition


★ WHAT: music live & Strictly Vinyl Tropical Party Open End
★ WHEN: 22:00 hs OPEN DOORS 23:30 hs LIVE
★ HOW: Tickets: Box Office: 8,- € Online and Flyer: 6,- €
★ WHERE: MAZE @ Mehringdamm 61 – 10961 – Berlin
★ LIVE ON STAGE: MUSICALLE + Sambada de Coco + Burgo & Locura Tropical
★ TURNTABLES Strictly Vinyl: Djs Garrincha, Dr.Sócrates
★ Special Guest: Grace kelly




Different rhythms of Latin America are rediscovered, reinterpreted redefined and refined.


Pocket show with Coco one of the African-influenced musical rhythm that originated in Northern Brazil.


Pocket show by Burgo and his collective with musicians from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.


★ Strictly Vinyl FLOOR ★

★GArRinchA (São Paulo / Berlin)

★Dr.Sócrates (Vigo / Berlin)

★ Digital FLOOR ★

★Grace kelly  (Salvador da Bahia / Berlin)

– Facebook event invitation

Dear Tropicalistas, yes! tropical we are! After our winter pause the Tropical Diaspora is proud to anouce the come back to the all night long groove tropical party. We begin the season this year with a great after party for Karneval der Kulturen street parade. Since the street party ends at 11:00 p.m. we are waiting for everybody that have enough energy and illuminated vibes to dance with Musicalle Cholo Orquestra live show and the best tropical diaspora DJs inna Berlin city, also Dj Garrincha, Dr.Sócrates and the special guest Dj Grace Kelly. Come together with the artists from the street parade groups that will be there with us and enjoy the best venue / location in Kreuzberg this days the MAZE an amazing basement in the oringal taste of the 90ties in Berlin! who knows will remember it, the great old underground Berlin nights and who don’t know will have a big surprise!
Don´t miss that and check it out! Thank You.Dj GARinchA





Dear Tropicalistas, today let´s do some exercises in the Latin American diaspora an idea coming from my friends of MUSICALLE CHOLO ORCHESTRA one of the bands for the next tropical diaspora at 15.05.16. Also the word “cholo” in Spanish language go by following definition in the dictionaries: “A Latin American man with American Indian blood; a mestizo.” or “A lower-class Mexican, especially in an urban area.” and the origin of this word could be pointed in the mid 19th century: American Spanish, from Cholollán (now Cholula), in Mexico. The Great Band Musicalle Cholo Orquestra based in Berlin understand the very meaning of diaspora and to be a cholo! yes Musicalle is compromised to break this old unfounded racial scheme over hundreds of years of colonialism, conquests and ignorance with his music Musicalle desire to show all the people that the most important thing we have as children of the diaspora is the awareness TO BE A CHOLO!

Berlin is diaspora! Be a tropicalist and a cholo!

MUSICALLE CHOLO ORCHESTRA is a project that wants to bring the latin music closer to people. The band plays acoustic typical instruments that are mostly played in Latinamerica. Different rhytms of Latinamerica are rediscovered, reinterpreted redefined and refined.

Musicalle Berlin is:

Byron Carrasco – ECUADOR – Gitarre, Gesang, Perkussion
Hiula Rodriguez – MEXICO – Perkussion
Iván Acosta – COLOMBIA – Bass, Kontrabass
Jabier Garrafa – PERÚ – Sax, Flöte, Bongos, Gesang
Mauricio Prieto – COLOMBIA – Trompete


Coco is an African-influenced musical rhythm that originated in Northern Brazil.

“Coco” may also refer to the style of dance performed to the music, a kind of stomping. The name “Coco” (Portuguese for “coconut”) is a common Northeastern Brazilian slang for head, referring to the fact that song lyrics are often improvised. Coco is often performed with a repetitive musical beat and call and response singing reminiscent of Capoeira music. The music is commonly performed at traditional parties in the Northeast, such as weekend street parties and Carnival. Coco is also alternatively known as “embolada” (another slang word, meaning “entangling”, referring to the fast, slurred, machine-gun style of singing). The characteristic sound of coco arises from four instruments commonly used in its performance: the ganzá, surdo, pandeiro, and triangle. Performers also often wear wooden clogs, the stomping of which adds a fifth percussive element.


After Show Tropical Dance Party all Night Long with


GArRinchA (São Paulo / Berlin)

★ Strictly Vinyl Rare Brazilian and Afro Latinamerica Grooves ★

GARrinchA, the founding father of the Tropical Diaspora, describes his party’s musical ethos as “A new platform for live music and performance in Berlin dedicated to the fusion of different styles, a culture way that is especially cultivated in Brazil since the days of Tropicalia.”He’s right: The melting pot of samba, bossa, cumbia, dancehall, Afrobeat, Funk, Soul, Salsa and many other styles results in a bump ‘n’ grind groove that the people can’t get enough of. Fresh from gigs in Brazil, the DJ are kicking off a new series of monthly parties in the YAAM (, featuring many local Bands and DJ´s from Europe and worldwide.

Dr. Sócrates (Vigo / Berlin)

★ Strictly Vinyl Afro Beat meet Latin Vibrations on the Turntables ★

Dr. Sócrates is a Dj and he really have a Dr. in addition. Author, writer and Art Exhibition curator based in Berlin he come from Galicia in North of Spain. Dr. Sócrates has been djing in Berlin for more than ten years in the underground scene, his mix between Afrobeat, Latin, Boogaloo, Reggae, Black Music and much more is the result of a tireless and thorough search for the Beats and Artists that not belong to the music main stream business, thus Dr. Sócrates spins always a lot of surprises with music that you really want to listen but you do not know how.


Grace Kelly (Salvador / Berlin)

Afro-Brazilian and Latin American Beats★

DJ Grace Kelly Mix combines mainly Afro-Brazilian music with Latin American sounds like baile funk, that her mix with electro and house. But as any cross-cultural DJ is also influenced by other rhythms and with her trained ear she catch Oriental Breakbeats and Eastern rhythms that make their way through her mix.

Show respect! Good behavior is a must! Against homophobia and discrimination

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About the Music from a diasporic point of view


*Diaspora is the dispersion of a population from their native land (from Greek διασπορά, “scattering, dispersion”)
About the Music from a diasporic point of view
Recently, scholars have distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full assimilation into the host country.With the Tropical Diaspora Roots Sound we try to make reflections on a diasporic phenomenon in the Music. This refection show us that the whole Music we select in our events and all other movements connected to the tropical term come originally from Africa. All music styles at the and come directly from there or was reinvented in an African diaspora in other continents like south America, Carib or north America. Currently we experience the clash of all Diaspora in Europe where all people from all over the world can meet and share his own musical influences with other people. The result of this melting pot we call TROPICAL DIASPORA and fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony that happens in Berlin at the YAAM. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Tropical Diaspora is. You have to hear it for yourself! An example of our concept of diaspora in the music, the Tropical Diaspora Vol. 26 in the old YAAM Venue -12 Grad Celsius.Two legends in the Afrobeat together in the stage with a young band with guys from many countries in Europe also Akwasi & Kologbo Feat. World Squad with the song by  Kologbo – Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

“I want to play music that is meaningful, that stands the test of time,”. “It’s no longer commercial; it’s deep African music, serious music,….” – FELA KUTI

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