With more than 25 years of experience, hundreds of concerts, illustrious international collaborations (from Tonino Carotone to Sergent Garcia) and major projects for social co-operation, EL V and THE GARDENHOUSE are one of the most concrete realities in the Italian music scene. Their songs, interpreted in multiple languages, mix reggae meticcio, soul and latin, in an international but profoundly Italian sound and are broadcast by radio and played by DJs from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Japan.
Source: Alman Music
EL V and THE GARDENHOUSE and Tropical Diaspora® Records meet
Berlin June 2017, it begins with a radio broadcast at Multicult.FM with the host Don Rispetto announcing a song from a band from Bologna that connected perfectly with Tropical Diaspora upcoming events in the Karneval der Kulturen 2017. Don Rispetto presents the band El V And The Gardenhouse, and the song is El Doctor named after one of the greatest soccer players in Brazil: Doutor Sócrates! It is not a coincidence that our Tropical Diaspora Resident, J. M. Duran aka Dr.Sócrates, has nicknamed himself after him. Before we left the radio station we’ve got in touch with El V and after few emails and phone calls a new Tropical Diaspora® Records’ 7 inch was born. It features two great latin songs by the Band El V And The Gardenhouse: on the A side the song El Doctor, and a B side playing a great reggae called Tamarita, a song dedicated to the great Argentinian-German revolutionary that fought alongside Che Guevara. Both songs are about inspiring revolutionary characters.
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 takes a stand!
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”.
Last but not least, if you want to known more about soccer, about politics, democracy and revolution through soccer, we suggest to begin watching the best movie about soccer in the last years: Eric Cantona’s movie called FOOTBALL REBELS where 10 revolutionary soccer players from around the world are portrayed. One of these is Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, of course, El Doctor.