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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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Kel W says …

I always love the Putumayo productions. They help me to more at one with others across this globe!

Michele says …

Well, this is now certainly my favorite collaboration of styles!!

Kirby Wong-Moon says …

Everything!

heidi says …

These music CDS by Putumayo are always worth listening too. Really looking forward to the new tunes

Valencia says …

I love these CD's

Kerrie says …

The first great album that comes to mind is Paul Simon's Graceland featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I also really enjoyed Putumayo's entire Asian Groove CD. Some of my other favorite artists who fuse different genres of music are Ozomatli and Rodrigo y Gabriela with their Latin roots. One that's really different, based on Gregorian Chants and electronica, is Enigma. Finally, who could forget Jethro Tull's take on Bach in Bouree. I'm sure there are lots more out there.

Mark Joseph says …

Do Villa-Lobos' Bachiana Brasilieras count?

Sharon says …

Putumayo's compilation CDs are filled with marvelous, infectious music! I enjoy Paul Simon's Graceland album, as well as Sweet Honey in the Rock and the music from The Cooler (film).

Wendy Hoechstetter says …

One of the very best fusion artists I know is Manu Chao, http://www.manuchao.net/, who sings in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Galician, Arabic, Portuguese, and Wolof, often mixing them in the same song. Raised in France, the child of Spanish parents who fled Franco, his style incorporates an incredibly broad cross-section of influences including Euro-rock, punk, rockabilly, French chanson, African rock, salsa, Flamenco, reggae, ska, the Algerian raï, and an assortment of other Latin American influences, garnered and integrated as a result of his background and extensive travels. Wikipedia has this to say about Chao's lyrics and references: "Many of Chao's lyrics talk about immigration, love, living in ghettos and drugs and often carry a left-wing message. This reflects Chao's own political leanings —he is very close to the Zapatistas and their public spokesman, Subcomandante Marcos.[1] His band Mano Negra is possibly a reference to an anarchist group. He has many followers among the European left, the Latin American left and the anti-globalisation and anti-free trade movements.[13] Punk and reggae historian Vivien Goldman commented of his work, "I was writing about Good Charlotte and The Police. They adopted the trappings of punk. They aren’t bad groups, but the punk aspect is more manifested by somebody like Manu Chao. He's one of the punkiest artists out there I can think of. It's an inclusionary spirit that is punk."[14]" ====================== Another favorite is Santana.

Aaron Lerner says …

This looks great!

Roxann Dzur says …

I love the combination of Shakira and Wyclef Jean in "Hips Don't Lie."

Lauren Vigna says …

These CDs are great for introducing my three-year-old to all types of different music and cultures!!

Monica says …

Yes, I have a favorite group. Profetas is a Colombian group that play hip hop, reggae and rock. I love to play their music in my parties because we can dance with all these music styles and everyone is happy.

Jannette Rusch says …

Most of the music I buy is world music - I would absolutely love to win this set to add to my collection!

Greg says …

Bobby McFerrin is constantly collaborating and every single one that I've heard is fantastic.

Lisa says …

I play Music of the Coffee lands in my cafe!

Tricia says …

I love Putamayo compilations. Unable to afford them, I often check them out at the library. Perhaps I will win one.

John L Hoh Jr says …

I like modern artists who take a classical piece and give it an edge that relates to people today. "Minuet in G Minor" was a great base for "A Lover's Concerto." There is an order and discipline when modern music embraces the classics and gives them a twist.

Susan S. says …

sounds wonderful! no one compares to Putumayo

Marlene Leonardo says …

I have used some of Putumayo's cd's in my classroom and the children really enjoy the beat and words. I've used African Playground and a latin one that I just can't remember right now. It's great music suitable for any occasion.

Andria says …

I absolutely love Putamayos world music compilations!They make a very nice backdrop for yoga practices or just dancing around the house! :)

deb says …

Have been buying Putumayos for my granddaughter since she was 4, she loves it now just as now. Looking forward to new stuff to send her and me!

kathy w says …

So far I've not found a collaboration of two different music styles that I really love. Maybe this will be it. Will let you know after I win it. :)

Gwen H says …

Great Music

Judy A. says …

pump up the volume

Erin says …

With all the sampling (and resampling) that goes on in pop/hip hop music these days, I'm sure we're listening to south american/african/asian/middle eastern influences all the time without consciously knowing it. I've got Ozomotli in my car right now, and my favorite song incorporates rap, horn section, and Indian percussion. I just find it a little sad that people enjoy this type of music with not a lot of knowledge about the sources and their histories. And yes, Putumayo is awesome. Their world music lullabies were so soothing for my babies to fall asleep to!

Karen Becker says …

Well, please add my name to the list of all of the many fans of Putumayo's music. I still have many happy memories of driving across the country with my 12 year-old daughter three years ago, listening to a Putumayo Americana CD that she had picked out for the trip. The winner of this set is going to be very happy!

Julie says …

I love the new Reggae's Gone Country CD. Reggae all-stars covering Country classics!

Scott Haas says …

Playing for Change. These people travel the world filming and recording World music performed by street musicians. Check it out at http://playingforchange.com/ Really good stuff.

G.T. says …

Sounds soooooo cooooool! I dig it man.

Margarita says …

My husband and I are taking african drumming lessons together this fall for our weekly "date night" so we can jam with the kids. These new compilations would be fantastic to have on hand to listen and practice!

Herminia Maldonado says …

I love everything about Putumayo!

Kari says …

This would be a fun gift to win!! We have several of the Putumayo's CD's and this would add to our collection.

Amy Frasard says …

Love everything I have heard by Putamayo! Winning this set would be amazing!!

Jenny Care says …

Your music is great for dinner parties. Everyone is always curious about where I got such great and unusual music. Just recently purchased th French music..."c'est magnifique"!

Naomi says …

I love all the Putumayo CD's especially 'A New Groove'. Hope to hear the Beat series soon!

Alicia says …

Would be so happy to have this set...Cumbia para la Colombiana!

Dawn says …

Oru, the natural order by Gary Stroutsos and Deep Forest

George Gevargis says …

Check out Ali Farka Toure's song "Ai Du" he performs with Ry Cooder. It's amazing! I think it's a marriage between African and blue music.

Jenna says …

I like world music, but don't know so much about specific groups or musicians. My current favorite album, however, is Astor Piazzolla's Tango: Zero Hour, a classical take on Argentinean tango.

Heather Ferguson says …

I have been listening to Putumayo compilations since finding Dublin to Dakar sometime around early high school and thinking, "Now this is the stuff!". In fact Putumayo was the reason why I got so heavily into world music as a whole and why I love to mix it up! Thanks for the chance!

Donna says …

I have been buying Putamayo music for years. It seems I love each one that I buy a little bit more. I would love to add these new CDs to my collection

Anne says …

We are all one people, the children of one God, and Putumayo helps me listen to the heartbeat of us all.

Ellen Krupnick says …

Would love to win this!

Yolanda Holmes says …

I love listening to African beats while cooking and baking from scratch.

Shirley Woo-Hwang says …

I love Sweet Honey in the Rock and their versatility in children's music, spirituals, world music.

elizabeth says …

thanks for giving us the opportunity to enter!i can't wait to hear it!

Pamela says …

Just love music to move and dance to!

Yolanda says …

I enjoy listening to most of Putmayo

Yvette Brooks says …

My favs are the Sahara Lounge compilation and the Gypsy Grooves one. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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