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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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Pamela PinterParsons says …

I love the Putomayo collection and use them in my music classes for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Also in my yogadance classes ... you can travel all around the world without ever leaving home! Keep up the great work!

Carrie says …

You cannot go wrong with Putumayo! Their compilations are always wonderful!

Holly Cooper says …

I love groups like Thievery Corporation that combine western grooves with traditional Asian styles. Other artists that combine those styles wonderfully are Bally Jagpal and M.I.A

Sangita Tentler says …

I love Putamayo world music collections and have been collecting their CD's since the late '90's. Hope to win this one!!!

MEIAN LOW says …

<3 IT

Amelia says …

No better feel-good-soundrack than Putmayo in the background!

MEIAN LOW says …

♥ IT !!!!!

Rob P says …

I love new world music!

Megan says …

We have some of their kids stuff. Would love to hear these!

Ralph Branch says …

I've always enjoyed good music and been interested in new and innovative artists. When I saw your Facebook post about them I listened to previews of the songs on iTunes. Sounds very good. I'm looking forward to the time spent getting into these lively and entertaining CDs.

Elizabeth says …

What a cool giveaway! I love playing these collections for my wee ones... Thanks!

enrique mendoza says …

Nothing would excite my girlfriend more than to win these and and get her "WHOLE BODY" in shape as she eats well and "ZUMBAS"

Caroline says …

Love the music! Hope to win a set!!!

Rhonda says …

I am so excited about the whole foods store coming to Boise! I would love to win the cd's.

kenju says …

I would love those CDs!!

Esther Bergling says …

always love a good groovy beat to listen to on a long run!

tina says …

We love most of the Putamayo discs, but haven't splurged on any in awhile. Would welcome these into our collection with open arms! :-)

ericka says …

i love putumayo! so excited to hear the new music!

Louise says …

There are many things that I can only get at Whole Foods so I find myself there every week! Beautiful Store!!!!!

Cindy Sanders says …

Can't wait to get a copy!

Tammy Lynn says …

Putumayo always continues to please. Even when I would be at work, bartending, I would play a Putumayo CD and people continue to give compliments to the rhythms and heat of the jams. Putumayo, as I say again, you continue to please me and many others who sincerely love worldly vibrations. Thank you.

Sandra Kozloff says …

I love the compilations for Putumayo. It's nice to introduce new world artists into my musical diet when it's so easy. There is SO MUCH music "out there" that's it difficult to know where to start. Putumayo is the perfect springboard for discovering new music!

Kobi says …

Love the Putumayo label! Love Whole Foods!

LNicole says …

Love the sound of drums! Would be a nice compliment to Olatunji on my ipod!

Becky says …

Love a bit of putamayo

Stephanie says …

Awesome! Got the Brazilian jazz compilation years ago an it's still one of my favorite albums!

teresa says …

We love the putumayo cds.

Suz says …

I love to crank up good beats while cooking up good food!

Deb keilen says …

I love all things putumayo! I never get bored of listening to the awesome comulations of the world's finest musicians!

Betsy Settell says …

Love Putumayo! As a teacher of young children, the Putumayo world music collection is just one way to help my children learn to embrace our diverse world. I hope I win this set to add to my collection!

Marissa says …

No favorites in particular, but a huge fan of African drumming. Love when Jonathan Butler incorporates it into his performances, mixing the drumming with the jazz. Very excited for a chance to win!

Natalie says …

I love hearing music from around the world. Thanks for letting us know about these new grooves.

Jamie McBroom says …

I love Whole Foods and Music from around the world !! I lived in Brazil when I was 17 and it was there I gained appreciation for good food and great Music !! Always looking for both, glad i can find them at Whole Foods !!!

aro says …

Love the sound of drums. Fell in love with drums at the Worlds Fair & stood at the African Pavillion mesmerized. Still loving the beat!!!

Andrea says …

It's kinda funny to come across this right now because I *just* got introduced to a Putumayo CD from a friend this morning. Absolutely loved it (can't believe I didn't know of this before), and would love to win it!

Susan says …

Wow! Went to Amazon to listen to these. It's was hard to stay in my seat. Love it. Sign me up for a chance to win them. Thanks for the new musical adventure, Whole Foods.

Laura says …

Can't wait to hear this especially the African Beat! Would love to win the set!

Jill says …

I would love to win those. What great music choices.

Suzanne says …

Sounds like something I would love to own....would get me moooving!!!

Michael. Billups says …

I love the perfect weave that Carlinhos Brown does with Afro-Pop/Soul and Brazilian Funk.

Angie says …

Awesome...I love listening to different music while I am cooking dinner with my children! We would love to have this to add to our collection!

Tara says …

These would be an awesome addition for our home learning! ^_^

Rosalyne says …

Enjoy listening to these tunes when sitting on my break at the worlds airports! Thanks for the offer, anyway!

Owen says …

I *love* the Putamayo CDs that I have heard so far! African Beat and Latin Beat sound right up my alley. I actually used to own Turkish Groove, but I lent it to a friend who never returned it!

Rob says …

I just love listening to ethnic rhythms especially latin and african sounds! Putumayo would be perfect!

Jason M says …

I've been fascinated with world music since Peter Gabriel brought a bunch of musicians together to record the seminal "Passion" and "Passion Sources," thus starting his world music label I'd love to hear what Putumayo's uncovered. I don't remember any good bhangra music right now, but I can't pass up the opportunity to mention the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to anyone seeking good world music. :) His "Mustt Mustt" has been remixed and covered by everyone from Massive Attack to Orchestra Baobab, for example. (Orchestra Baobab is Afro-Cuban plus a lot more African strains, and worth pursuing on its own as well.)

Amy Moskovitz says …

Hi! I'd love to be chosen at random to receive this set!

dave hodges says …

Music from around the World is cool but eat locavore and leave a small footprint.

Lees Hummel says …

I teach dance and always use putamayo music. I love it. Please let me win Latin and african beat cd's. Thanks!

Jeri Walker says …

I love these recordings. I use Putumayo recordings of all kinds in my music education classes as well as teacher in-service workshops and my work with young children. Keep them coming! Oh, and they are great for running music, too.

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