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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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Sarena says …

I love to travel, listen to music and dance. What better way to do all 3 than to listen to Putumayo’s New "Beat" CDs.

Cindy says …

Cuban music and Cuban food, simply the best!

ev says …

Have always enjoyed Putumayo's beat

Germaine Harrison says …

Great music,I hope to win.

M says …

I like many kinds of music. At home, I often put a CD in and let my preschooler drum along on pots and pans.

Lisa Wood says …

Would lovew to listen to get me out of the blues when the clouds settle in for good....so long sunshine...c'ya next summer!

Tamara Levine says …

Sergent Garcia has a wonderful salsa/hip-hop/reggae/jazz sound! Great music!

Susie Keat says …

As someone who works with musicians and performers for a living, I can attest to the healing and life-affirming power of good music. I'm looking forward to hearing this new compilation -- music is food for the soul, and big thanks to Whole Foods for providing it!

Howard Cobbs says …

African Beat and Latin Beat sounds great! Ever since Simon and Garfunkel did their African beat cd I have been hooked on the rhythm and style and there is nothing more upbeat then Latin music...Showing my age I felll in love with Getz/Gilberto's One note Samba and the rest was history!

Michelle C says …

Love Zero 7 & Hooverphonic. <3

Clara says …

Sounds great! I would love to win this! <3

Ariana says …

I'm always looking for new great tunes and would love to add these new "beats" to my collection. Plus Sept 21 is my birthday, so it would be a great present.

LeahG says …

always something new...

sura sevastopoulos says …

This set would be a great gift for my husband, the drummer, who plays all of these beats and is passionate about world music...perhaps because he was born in Istanbul, raised in Greece, by a father who loved Latin music, and has traveled to West Africa. He deserves it.

Melissa says …

This is music that definitely relaxes the soul!

Lisa Mirman says …

World Playground is a mainstay in our children's listening and dancing choices...smile! (-;

Rosemary Clark says …

Collaboration between 2 distinct music styles? I've enjoyed Laura Love's music, and also Paul Simon's. I still play the Putamayo "Dreamland" CD to help my now 10-yr-old daughter get to sleep at night, and I still love it after all these years. Thanks for having this contest.

Charla Carey says …

With the drastic budget cuts to education and in particular to the arts, I would really use these amazing CDs for my middle school students who are suffering greatly at this time in our history. Kodaly said that we have to feed the whole child, not only with nutritional food, but with spiritual food for the soul. This music would serve the lives I touch for everyone has a music mother tongue as well as a spoken language.

Meg says …

I first heard your music selections while at a store in Asheville NC. Bought the world reggae mix and everytime I play it I get compliments!

Cheryl says …

My kids and I love the Putumayo cd's. They make great gifts, too. Can't wait to hear these new beats!

Jim H. says …

Collaborations? How about Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler? Great Guitar Music.

Lara says …

Love it!

Linda says …

Love the drumming. Would love to hear the new releases.

Jeanne Gersony says …

I have Putumayo presents "African Groove''...I love it, I listen to it while I run, I also am a salsa, swing, and bellydancer, so I appreciate the African roots of those dances....I'd love to win this set of music!

Kristie says …

I don't have a favorite, but I love Putumayo. I use some of these CDs in my classroom. I teach french and love exposing the students to various music from all over the French speaking world. It would be awesome to do a lesson on the bending of sounds and musical styles...

Mary says …

I have quite a few Putumayo CDs and enjoy them all!

Kari Steen says …

rhythm is so important! one of the basic foundations of music, and also of daily life. Exposure to the different world sounds is a beautiful gift, for each of our heritages and nationalities had a very different way of interpreting their life & history through music.

Christine Chaney says …

I love the groove series.

Maria says …

I am in love with the music that Putumayo puts on their CDs. I buy them for my soul and have a pretty nice collection of them already. This music just makes me feel good whenever I listen to it. Would love to have the African Beat and Latin beat, I am sure it is great for dancing and good mood:)

Rae Kelley says …

Can wait to hear the new compilations.

Ed Pease says …

Great just chillin music!!

Teri Green says …

I teach preschool and we listen to Putumayo Music almost everyday. I love playing it during activity time and the students love it! We especially love the Asian Dreamland CD! Thank you. Teri

Arlene p. says …

Chick music (such as Indigo Girls) and Eric clapton. Strange combo, but it would work. I love the different musics and beats.

Mary in TN says …

Love all the Putumayo tunes! They rock --

deb keilen says …

Every Putumayo CD is better than ever! Hope i win the box set!

Ann Roadarmel says …

I think that it is great that Whole Foods not only feeds the body but the soul as well.

Scott Passin says …

V.M. Bhatt and Ry Cooder on the CD: A Meeting by the River A blend of bottleneck guitar and East Indian instruments on the label Water Lily Acoustics. Absolutely Mesmerizing. Have a listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez-oEsg1uw0

Lisa Dieken says …

I've been looking for some new music and this sounds perfect! Thank you for your generosity!

Peg says …

Putumayo has done more to put world music on the charts than anyone. Their collaborations are always first rate.

Gina DacQuisto says …

I will be teaching a kindergarten classroom next year - I would love to have this for the children! Children have a particular love for music with strong rhythm and music from other cultures!

Ben says …

I am a fan of all the European and Caribbean CD's Putumayo has produced. Going to keep my fingers crossed for this set!

Latoya B. says …

This sounds great!

Jeannie D says …

"Milladoiro" Blending of Celtic and Spanish...Bliss!

Jackie Muir says …

Putumayo is always a sure bet!

Nicole says …

Have always loved phoebe snow & lady smith black mambazo's "people get ready"

Heidi says …

I would love to have these CDs for when I teach yoga- I'm a high school art teacher and I volunteer to teach yoga for the students after school.

Jenni says …

I enjoy when classics are given a modern twist. Is anyone else really enjoying Pop Lyfe on America's Got Talent? :-)

Phyllis Heffner says …

I have really enjoyed several Putumayo recordings. My favorite that combined several different styles of music was "From Dublin to Dakar".

Cheri says …

I LOVE anything Putamayo . . . just scored a yoga Putamayo CD @Border's Corporate office sale yesterday (yes, it's open to the public, and they're selling EVERTHING, even the furniture and computer stuff). I need this one to add to my collection, and for my upcoming retirement party playlist (33 years)!!! Thanks!

Pete Steinhagen says …

There is nothing more danceable than the Latin Beats. The salsa beats are evident in many of these great numbers.

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