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



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.






Artist: Sia Tolno

Record: African Woman/headline]

by Dr.Sócrates

Sia Tolno-African WomanI really liked Fela and his personality… despite all of his wives!

Life with Fela Kuti, the master of Afrobeat, wasn’t easy. How could it be in the communal compound of the Kalakuta Republic? Many of Fela’s actions bear the mark of Sia Tolno-Moukaa personality capable of taking to the extreme thoughts as well as actions that for better or worse have a radical effect on the lives of all those that at some point followed Fela. In 1978 Fela married 27 of his dancers in a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the assault on the Kalakuta Republic by the Nigerian Army. On February 18, 1977 the compound burned to the ground. Before that Fela had released Zombie, a virulent attack on Nigerian military and government. Foreseeing the actions of the soldiers Fela sings: ‘Zombie no go walk unless you tell am to walk’. It is believed that Zombie sparked off the assault. Fela said that by marring his dancers he was making them respectable. Big-mouth Fela? Fela was no angel, but it is some truth in Fela’s argument, since for those ‘respectable’ men of the Nigerian elite the women of the Kalakuta Republic were nothing less than prostitutes.

Coming now to the point we are often told that Afrobeat is a men’s world. Well, it was for the most part Fela’s world, and Tony Allen’s beat. But time has come for women to take over. Sia Tolno always wanted to seize the Afrobeat, ‘an expression of anger music’, she said. It is not just indignation, which is expressed through the beat. The beat is the very sign of a collective struggle to regain what has been expropriated. And Sia Tolno has seized the Afrobeat indeed. Born in Guinea Sia is a Kissi; it means she belongs to an ethnic group divided into three different States thanks to the well wishes of colonial Europe. She looks at Africa and speaks to Africa full of critical consciousness by denouncing machismo, police corruption, the warlords, and by advocating women’s place in today’s Africa.

Behind her Afrobeat masterpiece African Woman is the tireless Tony Allen. ‘This afrobeat fits me like a glove’, Sia said in an interview, ‘and I’m happy to have found what I was looking for. So the next one will be afrobeat again, but I’ll improve it.’

Artist: Underground System

Record: The B​.​O​.​B EP

by Dj GArRinchA

Dear TropicalistAs, in commemoration to the International Women’s Day i bring a special EP Record with an Afrobeat anthem for woman’s. In this very special day where everybody world wide should celebrate´s not only the respect, appreciation, and love towards women but the celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. The record itself is a 12 inch EP with two great Afrobeat songs and one very special talking about the strong woman spirit that can´t be broken no where by no body, to all sisters world wide that are fighting for a better world everyday. A very special characteristic in this Afrobeat Band is that they have a Front-woman, yes “Domenica Fossati (flute, vocals, percussion) the group’s Venezuelan born Miami raised Front-woman.”.

The related song that bring me to write this post called “95 South” is a homage to the woman spirit and to all woman´s that fight for their independence everywhere. Underground System play Afrobeat in the best classic Afro 70 style with a very political strong lyrics something that many Afrobeat Bands world wide forget, also just best traditional Afrobeat. A highlight is Domenica´s Flute in perfect harmony with the percussion, just great!.

Also here a Tropical Diaspora small contribution to the celebration of this special day with all sister´s everywhere…

“…Sabedoria en la boca nuestro espirito no se rompe” / “Our reason cannot be lost, our spirits cannot be broken…” 

Also enjoy the song below and the band anyway!

Yours, Garra.

Underground System

Underground System

Putting their original Brooklynized stamp on the classic afrobeat style, Underground System Afrobeat is a huge band with a huge sound. 4 horns and 7 rhythm players armed and ready to whip any space into a massive dance party. The ensemble was formed in early 2010 as the brainchild of guitarist Peter Matson, who fell in love with the music and story of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti while playing in a group directed by members of the seminal Afrobeat group Antibalas. Domenica Fossati (flute, vocals, percussion), the group’s Venezuelan born Miami raised frontwoman, brings no shortage of fiery energy and an amazing lead voice as the center of the band (USA is one of the only afrobeat bands around to exclusively feature a female frontperson). Trilingual on top of a strong familiarity with Yoruba and Nigerian tongues, she composes original afrobeat lyrics drawing from a pool of three or four different languages at a time. Her classical training on flute and studies of African Dance (including travels to Ghana) adds another layer of depth and diverse influence to each performance. Aside from the strong female stage presence (the group also features a predominately female horn section and rotates many other great musicians on a regular basis), the rest of Underground System is also set apart from other afrobeat bands in the way they draw from their musicians own authentic influences. Warping their own musical and cultural backgrounds, anything from traditional afro cuban elements to more progressive dub, house, jazz, funk, and new music, through the context of afrobeat, the occasional and always developing musical (and lyrical) twists that result are something to keep a more contemporary minded audience relating to what is at the core a truly eclectic group of musicians.


 The B​.​O​.​B EP by Underground System

The B​.​O​.​B EP by Underground System




Dele Sosimi has been busy. No surprise for the ‘afrobeat ambassador’ and former keyboard player for Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. Born in Hackney, East London, in 1963 Bamidele Olatunbosun Sosimi soon returned to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four. Raised in Lagos Sosimi grew as musician in Fela Kuti’s shadow, soon becoming Musical Director of Fela’s legendary Egypt 80.

Dele_SosimiFela was imprisoned in 1984, and Sosimi together with his long childhood and school friend Femi, Fela’s son, had no choice but to take over and lead the band temporarily. He was the rhythm keyboard player for Fela and his contribution and arranging skills can be heard in, among others, International Thief Thief, Army Arrangement or MOP 1 (Movement of the People).

Fela Kuti - I.T.T.

In 1986 Dele and Femi left Egypt 80 to form their own band called Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and the Positive Force of which Dele was the musical director and bandleader. His close collaboration with Femi resulted in the albums No Cause for Alarm and Mind Your Business.

No Cause for Alarm

In 1995 Dele left the band and moved to London. At this time Dele was developing his other interests and musical influences of jazz, funk, latin music and deepening the Yoruba rhythm of the Afrobeat tradition. Following his first solo album Turbulent Times, Dele was, among other projects and collaborations, the producer of the impressive album Calabash Vol.1: Afrobeat Poems by Ikwunga (featured as Vinyl of the Week Vol.27), also Co-produced by Dele’s long time collaborator and friend Femi Elias, whose Bass, as Dele put it, always growls, twists, turns, pulsates & grooves. Sosimi collaborates with a group of musicians that give Afrobeat a virtuoso treatment.


Released in 2015 You No Fit Touch Am represents where Dele is today. The album provides a musical representation of Dele’s strong socio-political opinions, as well as delivering classic song-writing that could have come straight out of 1970s Lagos!


Enjoy it!