Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Latin Party From Putumayo

By Paige Brady, April 25, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Congratulations to Anya from Boulder, our randomly selected winner of the Putumayo CDs!

Putumayo World Music’s latest release is Latin Party, just in time to help make your Cinco de Mayo celebration a real toe tapper. (Read on for a chance to win some Putumayo CDs.) Ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar, who helps Putumayo in finding music and artists for their new releases, provides this overview of Cinco de Mayo and the Latin Party CD.
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) has become a significant holiday in America as a celebration of Mexican culture, history and food. Mexicans commemorate the 1862 defeat of the French army in the Battle of Puebla, which was the last time a country in the Americas was invaded by a European army. And, much as St. Patrick’s Day has developed into an opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate Irish traditions, Cinco de Mayo gives people a chance to recognize important Mexican-American historical figures, such as César Chávez, and to participate in special events that focus on Mexico’s savory cuisine and lively music. While Putumayo’s new CD release, Latin Party, features only one song of Mexican origin, it celebrates the festive spirit of Cinco de Mayo with spicy Latin boogaloo, Colombian cumbia, Cuban son and more. The liner notes also include two recipes, one by a noted Mexico City chef, Patricia Quintana, and one by Daisy Martinez, host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy!
Want a taste? Try this track: Big Apple Boogaloo by Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Note: you can simply listen online using the player below, or you can “right click” to download the mp3 file.

Want more? Pick up Latin Party, now available in our stores. Want to win? By May 5th, enter a comment letting us know what music you’ll be playing for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a five CD set from Putumayo’s Latin collection.




Ari Lourie says ...
I hope I'll be playing the new Putumayo soon.
04/28/2010 7:26:17 PM CDT
Hard to choose anything would be great
05/02/2010 11:09:20 AM CDT
James Whitbord says ...
Polka. Just kidding.I'm afraid I do not have much around here for that Latin Flavor.Maybe some Carlos Santana.
04/30/2010 10:26:13 PM CDT
raullllllllllll says ...
the song provided by you on this cd "latin party" was absolutely exhilarating. i enjoyed the tropical/salsa ambiance it provided. i would like to know how to enter to win this cd. i love the cd's putumayo puts out. i have a few cd's from them, such as "mo vida" and "music from the tea lands".
04/30/2010 10:43:15 PM CDT
Lynn Robertson says ...
I will probably turn on MTV3 some time during the day for some Latin flavored pop/rock. ( I do most every day, so will probably do so that day, too!)
04/30/2010 11:19:25 PM CDT
Rox Church says ...
I like their beat! I had planned on playing old and new Mexican songs, like some from Pandora, Luis Miguel, Pedro Infante, etc. But anything will always be welcome :)
04/30/2010 6:04:29 AM CDT
karen mcguire says ...
carlos varela, and kenney chesney! buenisima!
04/30/2010 11:14:13 AM CDT
Joy says ...
I'll be playing the Essential Pogues, I need your CD's
05/04/2010 6:24:18 PM CDT
Shelley Quezada says ...
We actually do celebrate Cinco De Mayo since my husband is from Mexico but the music that we love the best is Brazilian bossa nova. Still, this music goes well with chilaquiles and sopes that I make from scratch.
05/01/2010 6:12:09 PM CDT
Janna says ...
Probably listening to our local Indy Spanish-language radio station, 107.1 - good local info!
05/03/2010 8:11:08 PM CDT
marysue komaniecki says ...
love the latin music
05/04/2010 1:00:49 PM CDT
Mariya says ...
I'll be playing a mix of salsa, cumbia and merengue :) I love latin music. :)
04/26/2010 8:16:58 PM CDT
Julie Martin says ...
This Detroit girl loves Rodrigo Y Gabriela!
04/26/2010 8:18:43 PM CDT
Alyssa says ...
Tea + Putumayo = bliss.
04/27/2010 1:03:31 AM CDT
Michael Buzz says ...
Anything by Celia Cruz!
04/27/2010 3:29:54 AM CDT
Judy Carter says ...
I’ll be enjoying the sounds of Santana in my office and would love love love to share and explore a Putumayo mixes.
04/27/2010 4:32:49 AM CDT
mara says ...
I'll be playing some Bajofondo for Cinco De Mayo.
04/27/2010 4:35:40 AM CDT
Estela Schmalz says ...
Love the Latin playground CD- my kids have all grown up with it. We'll be playing that for sure!
04/27/2010 5:58:57 AM CDT
Yeefong Saw says ...
Definitely salsa music.
04/27/2010 6:02:24 AM CDT
Elaine says ...
We will be listening to Putumayo mixes at our Cinco de Maya celebrations. Ariva.
04/27/2010 6:36:55 AM CDT
Michele P says ...
I have Hallmark's Margarita Party CD - please HELP - I desparately need some better and authentic music!
04/27/2010 6:49:39 AM CDT
Becky Withrow says ...
I will look for the Latin Party CD to play for middle school Spanish Club on Cinco de mayo! Get paid Friday! I love the Putumayo CDs they are a lot of fun.
04/28/2010 2:36:38 PM CDT
Dee Long says ...
Will be enjoying the best of Desi Arnaz during my Cinco de Mayo celebration!
04/29/2010 5:16:49 AM CDT
Esther says ...
Latino and Cuban music for us
04/29/2010 5:31:33 AM CDT
Beth Deans says ...
We'll be playing Gloria Estefan with a little Cronoa to get everyone in the dancing mood!
04/29/2010 5:55:44 AM CDT