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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“.

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Tropical Diaspora® DJs MixCloud Stream with Dr.Sócrates and GArRinchA

From the vaults of DJ Dr.Sócrates… I bring to you songs of confinement, confinement of people because of their ideas, because of their defense of the environment and social justice, because of the color of their skin or the gender they choose, confinement because of the place in which they were born, the culture they practice or the rituals they perform… and last but not least, confinement because of their social condition. These are angry songs without fear. Every track creates an intense and emotional dialogue with the song that precedes it and the one that follows. One take, only original vinyl records. You have to listen.

Based on a true story, this is the encounter between spirits of the Afro-Diaspora in a musical crossroad featuring artists from the continents involved in the greatest cultural experiment of human kind. Despite the horror in this experiment let´s focus in the musical culture the outcome of this encounter, this is what this mix tape is all about. The cry from the suffering in the north gave birth to the Blues and in the south to the Samba, in the crossroads of the continent the music was the means of relief, salvation, redemption and elevation for whole generations. With this intention in mind I have created a new series of Mix Tapes based on Tropical Diaspora® Records original idea, also 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. Enjoy. Dj GArRinchA

Carabayllo a periphery of the province Lima in Peru and still remains the largest district in Lima. This is the name of this mix tape since all the records played here came from the same source, his name is Victor Sanchez. The vinyl record Dealer from Carabayllo provide Peruvian music on vinyl the the whole world. So i got my chance to visit him and his family having access to his Peru 7 inch treasure box. The result is here starting and ending this mix tape with Clara Nunes the mythical Brazilian singer known for her connection with the Afro and Native Brazilian religious rituals. The first track is exactly about the encounter between the native and aboriginal people in the Americas, Kidnapped and Slaved Africans and their executioner i.e. Europeans. Despite the roll of the executioner in this triangle relationship both victims manage to transform terror in hope originating one of the greatest culture in the planet where Peru with Cumbia and Chicha play a important role in it.