We are an Independent Record Label based in Berlin

Forró De Cabeça

TDR002 – Bugiganga Tropical Vol.3 – 7″ 45 rpm

Tropical Diaspora® Records! Our language is music! Bugiganga Tropical Vol.3

Renato Gama

TDR013 – Berlin – 12″ EP 33rpm Color

Tropical Diaspora® Records! Our language is music! Renato Gama Berlin

TROPICAL DIASPORA #1

TDR010 – 9 Bands – 12″ LP 33rpm transp.

Tropical Diaspora® Records! Our language is music! Tropical Diaspora #1

The Tropical Diaspora® Records musical ethos

Our language is music. We feel oblige to empower the people we work with by means of giving them the chance to control their own narrative. We emphasize cross-cultural experiences that show the manner how communities take their past and present into their own hands. And we are glad to be an instrument for this purpose.

 

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Established in 2015 as independent record label in Berlin by the DJ and producer DJ Garrincha (São Paulo, Brazil) the company goes back to the 1990’s Berlin, at a time of underground parties and a very exciting cultural milieu where DJ Garrincha was active. In 2008 he started the event called Tropical Diaspora, soon joined by the cultural scholar and DJ DR. Sócrates (Vigo, Spain).

The independent record label, and event, Tropical Diaspora®️ Records has as its main focus the production of vinyl records of the Afro and Native cultural diasporas.

The logo of the company perfectly expresses this goal. It represents a woman in the shape of the Atlantic Ocean whose hair symbolizes the sea currents that brought African populations from Africa into the Americas and still guide today thousands of immigrants ashore. These stories of diasporas forced by enslavement or for economic reasons, fleeing wars and poverty, are the stories that we at Tropical Diaspora®️ Records are interested in.

We are committed to create a musical narrative about the people who crossed the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas, the encounter with the oringinary people and gave rise to cultural expressions that reflect both the horror and hope of that experience. 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 have been dispossessed for many centuries. Ways of looking and narratives need to be handed back, as we observe with sadness how mainstream recording companies are still in the business of taking advantage of, expropriating the cultural heritage of Africa and the Americas.

Our language is music. We feel oblige to empower the people we work with by means of giving them the chance to control their own narrative. We emphasize cross-cultural experiences that show the manner how communities take their past and present into their own hands. And we are glad to be an instrument for this purpose.

All that we are not and will never become
– Tropical Diaspora® Records’ position facing cultural appropriation

Let us begin by stating that the language in which we write is alien to us. But like any other means of communication language is also an arena of struggle. We use language as a weapon.

The culture of colonized people is managed in the metropolis of the Western world. It has been incorporated in the system of cultural classification of the West. Ethno, Afro, Latin, World… they are all names that give Westerners means of recognition and difference: while it is Afro, it is not from us. It seems to bear the stamp of cultural exchange, but it doesn’t; and we have a problem with that. Why is it so? – For the sake of the argument we consider the culture of the colonized as culture produced outside the West, or in the West but by non-Westerners, and opposite to the culture of the colonialist. It goes without saying that the West is mainly Europe and North America, excluding Mexico and all the regions inhabited by native people in those territories.

read the full Manifesto here…

Avada Admin

Tropical Diaspora® Party Vol.39 – Forrúmbia

Tropical Diaspora® Records! Our language is music!

Tropical Diaspora® Party Vol.22

Tropical Diaspora® Records! Our language is music!

Tropical Diaspora® Party Vol.49