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Putumayo's Latest: Arabic Beat

Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite Arabic musician for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo's Arabic Beat and Arabic Groove. Congratulations to Andrea Wolf who was our randomly chosen winner!

Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s Arabic-themed titles, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

Have you ever wandered the open-air markets in a North African or Middle Eastern city? The music that seems to radiate from the stores and stalls is infectious and prompts a search for the same music to enjoy in your own home.

Memories of a trip abroad can now live on with Putumayo’s newest release, Arabic Beat, a collection that chronicles the musical creativity of Arabic musicians today. The album revels in artists rarely heard in the West: the unsung stars and hit- makers who shape the region’s music.

Inspired by music from across the globe but true to Arabic music’s deep roots, the sounds of raï’s rolling funk and the shimmering pulse of raqs sharki (“belly dance” music) tell the story of a thriving contemporary scene that stretches across the breadth of the Mediterranean.

Wild-eyed bohemians and visionary songwriters, belly dancers and R&B crooners, child stars and Idol-style contest victors, the artists on Arabic Beat each have their own story. But, most have one thing in common: They are household names in certain corners of the Arabic world, but have yet to reach many listeners in the rest of the globe.

The follow up to Arabic Groove, Putumayo’s best-selling album, Arabic Beat features artists that will be new discoveries for even long-time Arabic music fan. These discoveries include the rocking Berber roots of Morocco’s Jalal El Hamdaoui and the funky grooves of Algerian performer Cheb Amar. The collection also reflects how the Arabic beat echoes in major centers of immigration in European cities like Marseilles (home of Watcha Clan) and Barcelona (where Nour is based).

The songs on Arabic Beat are united not only by the mix of Arabic music with Western influence, but also by the spirit of liberation and change that inspired the recent protest movements across the region. Though often singing of love and good times like artists everywhere, many of the musicians on the album also thoughtfully and poetically offer their perspective on everything from the difficulties of immigration to the desire for freedom. These tracks highlight the positive, hopeful side of Arabic culture.

Do you enjoy the music of North Africa and the Middle East? Who is your favorite Arabic musician? Tell us in the comments below for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s Arabic Beat and Arabic Groove. Comment by August 26 for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

 

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends August 26, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Kathy Young says …

I don't really have a favorite artist. I like them all. All artists are unique and I love the different takes that all artists have to offer. I was brought up in an Arabic family and my Dad and my Uncles always provided us with Arabic entertainent at all of our family get togethers. Oh, how I miss those days!!

Shelby Smith says …

To answer you question about "Do you enjoy the music of North Africa and the Middle East?" The answer is yes. There are ten musicians in particular; Amr Diab, Elissa, Tamer Hosni, Mohamed Hamaki, Sherien, Mohamed Moneer, Mohamed Fouad, Ramy Sabry, Amr Mostafa, and Hosam Habib. I have all of Putumayo’s CD's with the exception of these two; Arabic Groove and Arabic Beat. I have never won anything In the past. How exhilarating it would be to actually win something like this!

Shelby Smith says …

To answer your question about "Do you enjoy the music of North Africa and the Middle East?" The answer is yes. There are ten musicians in particular; Amr Diab, Elissa, Tamer Hosni, Mohamed Hamaki, Sherien, Mohamed Moneer, Mohamed Fouad, Ramy Sabry, Amr Mostafa, and Hosam Habib. I have all of Putumayo’s CD's with the exception of these two; Arabic Groove and Arabic Beat. I have never won anything In the past. How exhilarating it would be to actually win something like this!

Beth Ceron says …

I'm a big fan of Whole Foods and Putumayo! African and Arabic music is also among my favorite sounds to relax and move to! : ) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is my current favorite Arabic musician, and my favorite regional African music is music from Senegal, which is in the Northwest coast of Africa, with Cheikh Loh being my favorite musician to listen to so far, from that region. I'd love to hear more music from Africa's northern coasts and from elsewhere on the continent. It would be a great alternative to actually visiting the lands and mingling with the local folks, which I hope to do one day! Best wishes and enjoyment to the winner/s of Whole Foods and Putumayo's Arabic Beat and Arabic Groove CD giveaway contest--they're sure to be gems!

Judee says …

I luv Alabina she encompasses different languages in her music such as Spanish French Arabic and hebrew. She also adds some gitano rhythm to her music just like the gypsy kings. I also like andy he has great belly dancing music.

Courtney says …

I've been dating my boyfriend, a Tunisian, for three years and for three years I've fallen more and more in love with his country and culture. The people, the food, the zest for life and, of course, the music. It's upbeat and unique, just like the people of Tunisia. My favorite performer is Fairuz. I always think of how my boyfriend's mum will hum Fairuz' songs while doing chores or driving with us in the car. Makes me smile and brings me back to my happy times visiting her and the rest of his family :)

Erin says …

I would love to have some Arabic music in my collection!

Linda Trzybinski says …

I love all of Putumayo's recordings and especially Arabic Groove! I used to be a middle eastern dancer and still automatically start to move when I hear Arabic rhythms. It sounds like Arabic Beat is going to be a new favorite and a fusion of Eastern and Western music.

Elizabeth C. says …

I enjoy North Africa but have never heard Arabic/Middle Eastern music. I'd be interested in checking it out. I've had a taste for world music ever since happening upon a CD of Celtic music.

Elizabeth DeLeon Howard says …

I am a Putumayo CD collector, albeit, I have not yet heard this one, I am anxious to hear it. If I were so fortunate to win this CD, I would gift it to my Soul & Grooves instructor named Catherine here in Sugar Land's Life Time Fitness and purchase one for myself. I am sure she would use this music for our class, as she utilizes this time of music for our belly dancing dances. Thank you!

esmirna Alvarez says …

I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter that I want her to learn different languages. I bought her one cd that has some Arabic songs. She has been listening En Den Dino with Ronnie Rock , since she was 2 . She loves it, and I already know one of the song and she knows some of it too. It is a hard language, but if she has the opportunity now to learn it, it will be good.

Fay O says …

Faris Karam, Amr Diab, Wael Kfoury, Yousef Islam, Dawud Wharnsby, and Kareem Salama who is Egyptian living in Oklahoma who sings mostly in English with a country style. I love the "tubbla" (drum).

Lisa Anacker says …

I've really been liking Amir Ali Zamanian!

Joy Ralph says …

I miss Ofra Haza. I would love a copy of this CD - I am not familiar with the artist (yet) but really enjoy what I have heard of the genre. I am learning to play doumbek as well.

Jeni Hamilton says …

Yes please.

Mohamed says …

Merci

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