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Putumayo’s New “Beat”

Read on for a chance to win a 4-CD set from Putumayo’s Beat series and Groove series. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. Putumayo continues its exploration of contemporary world music with the launch of a new "Beat" series, which follows in the footsteps of the successful “Groove” series. New releases African Beat and Latin Beat highlight the exciting blends of world music and electronica, R&B and more coming out of studios in Europe, America, Africa and Latin America. These releases are available at most Whole Foods Market stores. On Latin Beat, we explore funky new blends of Latin music, in which electronic beats, hip-hop flavors, DJ remixes and cutting-edge grooves are fused effortlessly with Colombian cumbia, Cuban son, Mexican banda, Spanish flamenco, Afro-Peruvian roots music and more. Cuban band Moneda Dura adds the voice of Buena Vista Social Club legend Ibrahim Ferrer to a catchy breakbeat sound. Colombians Jontre and Mariposa Solar demonstrate how effortlessly groundbreaking Latin musicians are using traditional rhythms in a contemporary pop context. Spain's Digitano takes Gypsy flamenco instrumentation and layers on electronic effects. These collaborations between modern Cuban groups and Cuban legends provide insight into how Latin music has managed to stay as popular and relevant today as it was 50 years ago. On African Beat, Putumayo features artists who are as likely to have traditional African drumming, soukous and mbaqanga on their IPods as they are the latest European dubstep and R&B. These tracks reveal that even in this globalized, hi-tech world, the divide between the past and the future is not as great as it may seem. Songs by musicians with deep connections to their roots, including Vieux Farka Touré and Les Barons, are remixed and reworked by Western DJs. The music of South Africa's Busi Mhlongo, Senegal's Lëk Sèn and Malian/French group Donso reveals how hip-hop, electronica and other urban musical styles have been incorporated into traditional African music, taking it in surprising new directions. We hope you give these new sounds a listen. Do you have a favorite song or group that showcases collaboration between two distinct music styles? Let us know what it is in the comments below for a chance to win a 4-CD set from Putumayo’s Beat series (African Beat and Latin Beat) and Groove series. (Arabic Groove and Turkish Groove). Comment by September 21st for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

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Edith Knehans says …

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Buddha Bar series that you have published over the years. The compilations sound fresh and exotic to me. Each time I listen, I hear some other charm to the music - I believe the distinct juxtaposition of musical entities from around the world bring out the uniqueness of each musically-styled theme, yet incorporate elements from other cultures into their our brand of styling. I look forward to hearing the Latin and African beats!

Faith says …

I absolutely love latin music, and all different types of world music. I just started salsa dancing and feel this would be a great asset to learn other types of dances as well as broaden my horizons to other music!

Pam says …

I heard music by a band from El Salvador on NPR's The World yesterday and loved it.

Michelle says …

I'll second the votes for Graceland (Paul Simon & LBM). Also a big fan of Mo'Rockin --they play some great Arabic/modern rock/world fusion tunes with amazing beats! Can't sit still and listen to that stuff, that's for sure.

Irene says …

We all move to different beats...life is dance.

Michelle says …

Our kids love the song Fatou Yo from the Putumayo World Playground!

Rosa Santana says …

My kids have grown up with the Putumayo CD's and they have an amazing appreciation of wold music because of it.

Debbie Myers says …

Want to hear this stuff! Hope I win...

Suzanne says …

Afro Celt Soundsystem and Africando have amazing blends of music from around the world (with an obvious African twist). They are great for listening, and dancing!

Bernice says …

I would love to exercise to this music.

Sandy G. says …

Cannot wait to hear the beats & sounds to GREAT music....

Maryana says …

Im currently so into Gotan Project: tango mixes perfectly with the beat!

Alen says …

I love drumming and the african beat and latin beat mix

Jed says …

I recently came across a CD by a group called Terra Africa, which combined didgeridoo sounds with African drums/percussion. Very entrancing, rhythmic music combining the instruments of indigenous African and Australian music.

Kristen says …

Those sound like a great addition to my music collection! I especially like Latin music.

abby says …

i love putumayo's music! i have some of their cds from Ten Thousand Villages!

Erika says …

I once, many years ago, took a cd out of the public library entitled "Bach to Africa." Sure, it was a bit cheesy with its combination of African drums and free-singing orchestrated into Bach, but it was also beautiful and oddly melodic.

Larry Dodson says …

Great stuff, please send it my way.

Stephanie says …

My son and I love listening to putumayo cd's. I am excited for the chance to win.

Kharma says …

I love the Putamayo CDs. I also love to see rap and rock blend, such as with JayZ and Linkin Park on their Collision Course Cd

Tamara says …

These are great beats for a dinner party. Randomly had googled and found the Latin Beat CD in a search 24 hours ago!

Monica says …

Sting and Cheb Mami doing Desert Rose.

cmw says …

Just back from hearing music from Senegal. Ready for more African music as well as all influenced by that sound!

Chris says …

I love the Putumayo collections. I listen to them on National Public Radio broadcasted Friday evenings, and I have been collecting their music for many years now. Whole Foods is one of my favorite places to shop and eat great food, and also where I first discovered Putumayo music. Hope I win!

Tiffany B. says …

Good Evening! My daughter loves your Brazilian children's album. Great job! I love the music too :-)

Charlotte says …

I like MIA's music.

Kerri says …

Pat Metheny and all people of non-western countries who play with him-amazing. Love Malian and Senegalese music! Have been lucky enough to see many of my African music interests live on stage (Salif Keita and Baaba Maal/Mansour Sec, +more)--would appreciate any grace that comes my way if I am meant to win anything. Namaste.

Sandy says …

Would love to have this!

Geri Teasley says …

What a treat to hear such music. With what's on most radio stations now days I usually just listen to talk radio. This music takes you to places you've never been and makes you feel at home.

Donna says …

Sounds Great!

Lisa says …

Looking forward to checking out the new comps...would love to win a set! Beirut is an addictive combination of Eastern European/Balkan folk music with indie pop...if you get a chance to see them play live, don't miss it!

Donn Griffith says …

I like the whole Putumayo international series as it is not only stimulating music, it gives us some historical perspective on the evolution of our traditional American music.

Patti Bauer says …

I enjoy listening to music of the world and I think that Putumayo does a great job of compiling those albums.

Jocelyn Dorsey says …

This would be great to have! Hope i win it!

Gabby says …

We had lunch at whole foods today we are making it our eating out spot, can't wait to hear LATIN BEAT

Leah Smith says …

One of my favorite bands is Flogging Molly. They fuse rock's loud energy with traditional Irish melodies. The music is fun and energizing and gives you the feel of being in an Irish pub. I love it when a group can fuse different styles of music into something unique and exquisite. I really love African music so I'm sure I would like to hear these CD's.

Meryl Gerner says …

I like a group from the Philadelphia area called, "Animus."

Erin Partridge says …

MC Yogi--Rap + Kirtan = awesome!

Maria Dulfu says …

I have been listening to Putumayo's recordings for many years now and find them to be an incomparable collection of world and international music. I look forward to collecting more of these seemingly endless creative compilations for many years to come!

Ruth says …

Sounds great, let the drumming and dancing continue!

Irene says …

I enjoy listening to multiple editions of Putumayo CDs. Cat Empire and Oi Va Voi are among my favorites too.

carol hunnewell says …

love the putumayo's music, have some of the cd's. my girls and i would love to win these.

Sabrina M. says …

I love St. Germain's very creative and aurally-delicious combo of house/ dance/ electro grooves with the sophistication of jazz and world music. His body of work is diverse enough to energize creative projects (like working on photo shoots or doing studio art), yet cater to the after-work chillout sensibility as well.

Kari says …

Afrobeat, Rai, Reggae, Gypsy, Samba, R&B, Rock, Latin, Jazz...even Country...there's nothing like music to soothe and stimulate the mind, body, heart, and soul. "All thing shall perish from under the sky, Music alone shall live, never to die." -German Folk Song

cindmahony says …

love that Aerosmith mixing their music styles...

Steve Robillard says …

Deep Forest - 2 French musicians came up with the idea of mixing the native Baka pygmy spoken word with modern music.

Maria Limon says …

I can count on several titles, everything from the Coffeelands CD to the African Playground collection to keep me going. Hell, I think I listen to at least one cut from one of the CDs every single day!

Christa Avampato says …

I love Putumayo's yoga CD - blends ancient sounds with modern melodies. Perfect for a relaxing yoga class!

Anna Baros says …

Forty years ago I loved to listen to Missa Luba a Latin Mass with African drums so I would like to hear these African beat CD's.

haley says …

discovered amazing afro-cuban music through putumayo in college -- amazing!

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