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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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Jennifer h says …

Killing Me Softly: Fugees- hip hop/Asian

Janet Perlman says …

Putumayo CD's. One more reason to make a run into my favorite store!

Lori Whitefield says …

Que bueno, musica de latina!!!! yo quiero esta mucho!!!!! mi hijas tambien!

Laura d says …

Any samba with African beats are my fav combo. :)

JJK says …

Putumayo and Whole Foods, a perfect combo! I am a huge fan of Putumayo & can't wait to check out the latest releases!!

chantal says …

We dance to Putumayo music each morning before & after breakfast - will be fun to dance to the new beats! My 1 year old twins and 4 year old LOVE to dance!

Michelle Cook says …

Yeah! I can't wait to hear to hear the new cd's!

linda p says …

very nice beat combine with a latin and african beat. i listin to latin beat all the time i even have my teenagers hooked. cool!!

Erica says …

I think these CDs would an excellent way to get exposure to some great world music

Amy says …

Love the putumayo CDs. excited to hear this one.

wendy melo says …

This is great stuff to feed my two and one year old, Love culture and world music!

Ashley says …

Wow! I am psyched! I enjoy listening to most of Putmayo, in particular the latin ones especially after spending a few summers in Mexico and Chile.

Tania says …

Haven't really listened to much in this vein but it really sounds exciting and would love to open myself up to it!

Susan Reimers says …

Two of my favorite beats! Count me IN!!! Thanks!

rob says …

ladysmith was the gateway drug for me, but putamayo got my kids into world music. can't wait to hear these.

renee w says …

Would love the chance to hear Putumayo's New Beat!

Jennifer says …

I'm a big fan of guitarist Jesse Cook's rumba/Middle Eastern crossover sounds. It might not be appeal to purists, but it sure is easy to move to.

LoveToBeFit says …

Eliane Elias and Jobim are excellent and embody these rich beats.

Natalie says …

I absolutely love the South African band the BLK JKS...modern band with an amazing mix of African tribal beats, reggae, rock, psychedelic. Beautiful world sound with an indie rock twist. P.S. LOVE LOVE LOVE Putumayo!!! Awesome music for entertaining or unwinding!

Jacki says …

I am a teacher and I listen to Putomayo in my classroom all the time! There is nothing better to spice up a worksheet and keep them focused... plus it exposes kids to a kind of music they may not have heard before! Keep it up! :)

Tina says …

Love the Putmayo Cd's!!I would love to add to my Putmayo collection. @WholeFoods is my store for my whole mind and body!!!I hope I get picked to win the cd's..it would mean alot:)

Connie says …

All I know is that Putumayo has always been my favorites! Credit to Whole Foods for having the best selection - Love it!

Alan Grimes says …

Let's hear it!

Clayton Klein says …

Thanks for the great prize !

Dan R says …

I love Putumayo music. The African Beat CD sounds like a winner.

Alicia says …

I love the South American Grooves best! Fingers and toes crossed! ;)

Mike Smith says …

It's hard to beat Putumayo's collection of musical collaborations, but I'd encourage anyone to consider an acoustic guitar/mandolin collaboration between David Grisman and Martin Taylor. Aptly names "Tone Poems 2", David and Martin play vintage tunes of the Jazz Age covering 70 years and composers from Gershwin to Chick Corea. Their versions of Besame Mucho, Over the Rainbow and Mood Indigo will be sure to please. Check it out... you won't be sorry!

G Greenblum says …

Bueno Vista Social Club allows the spirit to live on!

Lana says …

Sounds like they'd be great! Please enter me!

Eve Agush says …

One of my favorite fusions is flamenco and Indian and I love the CD by Pepe Habichuela called Flamenco en Rama. Another collaboration I love is flamenco and jazz with Michael Camilo and Tomatito.

Gerry says …

I hope I win to add this music to my CD collection. This music sound like it is very calming to the soul and body, which could be used to relax after a day a the workplace!!

Donna says …

Putamayo showcases such disparate and interesting music that I recommend them rather than a specific artist or group - Bravo Putamayo!

rosec says …

Love your music. My son received one of your VD;s for his first birthday!

Nina says …

My son is such a huge fan of the Putumayo albums! The Christmas CDs are exceptional. My favorite artist that kind of meshes styles in a really unique way is Rufus Wainwright. Singer-songwriter in heart with a distinctively Parisian-cabaret feel. Just awesome!

GB says …

Love pretty much every CD I've ever bought from Putumayo--and I've been listening to them for a very long time . . . maybe since they first came out! I would love to listen to the music in this set of great CDs.

althea bolden says …

I would love to win a CD set; I have never heard this groups' music.

LaVonne says …

I really enjoy Blackmore's Night. It's a great mix of traditional & rock.

Gina says …

Sounds like a wonderful collection of songs to get up and get moving to!

Amy says …

It sounds like these are delicious.

marisa says …

the students at my school absolutely love these.

Jim Trullinger says …

I love music epitomized by the mystical and evocative "Illuminated Manuscripts" by Fritz Heede. He magically blends traditional chanting sounds with modern trance grooves, chants, etc. It expands the mind and broadens horizons.

Holly A says …

I love hearing Keith Richard's collaborations with the X-pensive Winos and Wingless Angels.

Leo A says …

I'm in a listening mood!

Scott Grasley says …

sounds great!!

joan marcus says …

I like a cross between Bosa Nova and Cha Cha as a fun genre to dance to!

Sarah says …

We listen to a lot of children's music in this house that ranges in style within the same artist: They Might Be Giants (esp. the Here Comes the 1, 2, 3s), Kira Willey's Dance for the Sun, and the classic Paul Simon's Graceland.

SaraS says …

I enjoy the sounds of Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.

joanne says …

Would love to hear this.

ErikaM says …

---For when I can't listen to Georges Collinet on Afropop Worldwide.

Kristy says …

I always thought Talking Heads had a nice international beat fusion in their music.

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