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Latin Party From Putumayo

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.

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Ximena Bravo says …

Oh my gosh I just bought the Latin jazz & salsa CDs for my dad's birthday. He absolutedly loves this music and has me hooked on it too! It makes me reminice of my childhood & it's a must for any cinco de mayo celebration. ;0)

Adrienne Corcoran says …

My kids and I love the Putumayo music! The latin and reggae are wonderful.

Stuart says …

I will be playing "Happy Birthday" among other things. My wife likes to celebrate her May 5th birthday with margaritas...

Joy Bank says …

We'll be playing birthday music since it will be my birthday that day! I love that there is always a big celebration on my brithday!

Chantal says …

I'll be playing the soundtrack from El Cantante

LETICIA MARTINEZ says …

We will be playing Alejandro Fernandez a very good Mexican Folk singer with Mariachi accompaniment. I will cook fajitas and three different salsas, chile con queso and drinks.

Gerda Loeb says …

On Cinco de Mayo I love to entertain our crowd with dancing music by Mariana Seonae, and then wonderful classical guitar cds during desert and coffee !!

Chuck F says …

I'm a new listener, hope to enjoy this music.

Julie says …

I will be playing Son de Madera and Rodrigo y Gabriela !

Jessica A says …

This Cinco de Mayo we'll be listening to Putumayo's Cuban Salsa CDs... not Mexican but so addictive! Can't wait to hear the Latin collection!

Julie K. says …

Putamaya Latin groove of course, Selena, Los Lobos, Gloria Estefan and Santana!

Bekki Liles says …

We will be playing a variety of music by Luis Miguel!

Ben Perlman says …

I'll be listening to Los Lobos!

Belinda Gross says …

I plan to play a little Putumayo for the kids. Of course I plan to play some mariachi music.

Dawn M says …

We are in serious need of Latin music. We really need to win that Putumayo so we can play that on Cinco de Mayo and many, many other days, too!

Bryan says …

Cinco festivities will be hopping to a mix of Santana, Celia Cruz, Buena Vista Social Club, Cafe Cubana, and Los Lobos.

Beauty Kennedy says …

We'll be listening to La Coka Nostra, keeping it Gangsta. Also anything latin on my Ipod.(I've got too many to list).

therese says …

Love putumayo, we have most of the cds cant wait to pick up this one!

Lauren says …

I will be playing another Putumayo CD called "Latin Lounge". If I will I play the new set as a follow-up :-)

Matt Nicholas says …

I'll be rockin out to puya and sepultura!!

Karla says …

Big Apple Boogaloo is a HOT track. I am impressed Whole Foods!

Meenakshi says …

I will be serving up Gipsy King with piping hot pupusas :)

Emilian says …

Conjunto Jardin at our party! Lively, traditional, and "different" (for American audiences) Mexican music.

Vickie Garcia says …

We will be listen to Hector Lavoe, Francisco Pacheco, and other music both old and new. I would love to have Putumay.

Gail Montoya says …

I just totally fell in love with Lila Downs when i heard her for the first time. The Very Best Of Lila Downs is a great choice. Her music reminds me of the old stuff my dad listened to when i was growing up!Happy Cinco De Mayo All!

Adam Tufte says …

I will be jammin to all of my latin music! Putumayo Caribbean Playground and Congo to Cuba!

tamnas says …

Love the music! Don't own any latin music yet! Hope 2 soon!

Brenda Widrin says …

We will be going to "Mas" restaurant to listen to a local Mariachi band!

Morgaan Sinclair says …

Oh, I want this album!!!!

Anne says …

Segovia, for a little relaxing dinner party!

H Bennett says …

We'll be playing Mana throughout the day...love the Putumayo colletions!

Janette says …

LOVE Putumayo's mixes! Will be having a dinner party w/ food from a fav Mexican restaurant and listening to some other Latin Putumayo CDs, w/ some Ozomatli mixed in.

Gina DacQuisto says …

We love all Latin music, but my daughter loves to dance cumbia, merengue and mambo- to ANY music at all!!! I'm sure on Cinco de Mayo we will be latin dancing as well!

JFSMITH says …

MUSICA LATINA

Heather Gardner says …

Awesome CD!!! Perfect music for a hot Texas backyard grill-out!

Cheryl says …

We will be listing to some fantastic Latin music as well as Putumayo!

Brenda R says …

Lots of great upbeat latin music, including salsa, merengue just to name a few!

heiko says …

i will be listening to Colombian music

Elizabeth Echevarria says …

I will be listening to Willie Colon's Music. It is not Mexican but it is Salsa music.It makes you want to dance.

Laura says …

I will be listening to the Putumay's Latin Collection! Love the mix of styles and spirits!

Darlene Friestedt says …

Ole by Bouncing Souls, Conga by Gloria Estefan, Chocolate by Soul Control, Cha Cha Heels by Rosabel. And several more.

Jessica says …

This Cinco De Mayo, we will be firing up the grill and firing up the dance floor with our favorite salsa tunes from Celia Cruz, Los Van Van and Compay Segundo! Latin Party From Putumayo would be a great addition to our music collection and our celebrations.

michelle says …

We'll be playing reggaeton and mariachi music. I love the bands Chingon and Beirut so we will have them on the play list.

jessie garcia-barie says …

I reallly love Putumayo play the music when I need a uplift definately an upper.

Melina says …

I'll be listening to Julieta Venegas...(Spanish Pop-Rock) because I'll be going to her concert that day!!! Yay!

JML says …

agustin lara

Chanda Littles says …

No celebremos Cinco de Mayo pero el Putumayo "Chocolate Lands" es un favorito de mi familia.

Janice Hamasaki says …

I have several Putumayo cds, and my favorite is Music from the Coffee Lands. I will be playing those, Los Lobos, Buena Vista Social Club, other Latin and world music. Ole!

Bonnie says …

We will be listening to Martin Carrion a local singer we used to catach alot at our favorite mexican restaurant....El Azteca.

Leah Steiner Suter says …

I'll be listening to the "Samba" online station on Pandora, and probably a whole lot of local Mexican-American radio stations!

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