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Putumayo Celebrates Carnival in Rio with Brazilian Beat

By Dan Storper, February 11, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper

Read on for a chance to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Brazilian series. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music.

Warm up your winter and celebrate Carnival in Rio (or vicariously at home!) with Brazilian Beat, Putumayo’s latest release that uncovers the roots-influenced contemporary Brazilian music scene.

Glittering break beats are at home with bouncing berimbaus while rolling Afro-Brazilian rhythms, retro samba soul and velvety bossa nova vocals mesh and groove organically.

Selected from tens of thousands of songs collected by Putumayo to introduce new global music to broad audiences, Brazilian Beat chronicles the vibrant indie scene in Brazil and around the world. Musicians are taking samba, bossa nova, and MPB (Brazilian popular music) and deftly incorporating electronica, soul, funk and just about every other music imaginable.

Sultry or upbeat, the tracks on this compilation of hip, rootsy artists aim to raise listeners’ moods and introduce even die-hard fans to a new crop of Brazilian music innovators. Featured alongside unsung icons such as samba soul master Marcos Valle are rising new stars like Tita Lima, daughter of the bassist from psychedelic hipster darlings Os Mutantes.

Brazilian music has bubbled into an indie scene-to-beat-all-indie scenes in underground clubs and on small labels from São Paulo to Rome. You can go to Italy and find a hot bossa nova scene, and they have their own sound, like Roman bossa band BungaLove’s “Minha Loucura.” A diverse array of young musicians, such as Fino Colectivo, draw on Jorge Ben’s lush ’70s samba-soul sound—and transform it.

It’s a realm of discovery, even for ardent followers of global music. Brazilian Beat is available at most Whole Foods Market stores. Do you warm up your winter with music? Let us know how in the comments below for a chance to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Brazilian series.

Comment by February 22nd for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

Category: Music




Jule says ...
I recently discovered zumba and am in love! The fast tempo movement and rythmic beats get my blood pumping and I feel as ifI'm in some hot Latin country....then I step outside into the Minnesota cold. Hello negative five degrees.
02/12/2012 7:58:22 AM CST
Louri says ...
I LOVE Brazilian music, regardless of genre!
02/12/2012 10:06:01 PM CST
Claudia says ...
Music makes everything better. Winter can be such a depressing time, listening to Latin music, with all it's vibrant sounds and energy gets me into exercise mode. I play in during my workouts at the gym, or if I stay home, I put my earphones on and dance around by myself, it is the perfect way to burn calories and warm up your soul!!!
02/13/2012 9:49:33 AM CST
Darla McLeod says ...
I don't warm up to it. It warms me up!!! Lost my best world music cd when I moved. Looking for another one.
02/13/2012 9:50:46 AM CST
Mackenzie says ...
In the winter, I listen to music that can transport me to all the places I wish I could be (they usually happen to be mush warmer places!) French jazz, African drumming or salsa music.
02/13/2012 9:56:32 AM CST
Jordan James says ...
I want to experience carnival in rio!
02/13/2012 9:58:35 AM CST
Eugenie says ...
This sounds like an interesting collection of music. I'd love to give it a listen.
02/13/2012 10:12:01 AM CST
Amber says ...
Day Dreaming of sitting in a cafe in Rio with this as the background music...instead of my kitchen in Missouri...
02/13/2012 10:37:59 AM CST
Kim says ...
I really like Brazilian music and culture.
02/13/2012 10:43:30 AM CST
Michelle says ...
I love these cd's. Can't wait to hear this one!
02/13/2012 12:00:25 PM CST
Howell says ...
I would love to have this collection to warm up my winter.
02/13/2012 12:15:07 PM CST
Kristi Guevara says ...
Listening to Latin beat music takes me away on a mini vacation! You can't listen to carnival beats and not get out of your seat. It makes me get up and start shakin these hips!! I love getting away to get my grove on!
02/13/2012 1:40:52 PM CST
Agnes says ...
I love listening to All Songs Considered on NPR and to the world music station on Pandora!
02/13/2012 6:10:53 PM CST
Melinda says ...
Great music to get going in the morning!
02/14/2012 8:17:28 AM CST
Beth M. says ...
My family and I love to put some of our favorite music on and just dance around the house for a couple of hours or while we're doing chores or cooking dinner. It get's everyone away from the TV; up and moving, and it just brightens the whole day! And brazilian music is definitely music anyone can move too!
02/14/2012 10:14:52 AM CST
Maggie Griffin says ...
I have always dreamed if visiting Brazil during Carnival:) maybe we can listen the music to and make some brazillian foods to get us there in spirit!
02/15/2012 12:37:36 PM CST
Sherry says ...
Carnivale in Rio is an experience you will never forget. I had the pleasure of being there once and long to return. I would love to listen to the Brazilian beat and remember the fun times...sometimes wild. I listen to various Latin rhythms and this would be one more I could have in my collection and enjoy and remember the good times.
02/15/2012 2:10:11 PM CST
Susana says ...
Ilove Brazilian music and samba!
02/15/2012 5:29:04 PM CST
Susana says ...
I love Brazilian music and samba!
02/15/2012 5:31:44 PM CST
Shannon Willyoung says ...
I have most every type of music in my collection except Carnival music....sound very interesting!
02/15/2012 6:27:26 PM CST
situ says ...
love Brazilian dance music, especially samba! it's got such an infectious energy and beat that you can't help but want to smile and move your body! I put it on every morning when I'm drinking my coffee---it makes those cold San Francisco mornings a bit warmer!
02/15/2012 6:32:32 PM CST
elizabeth snead says ...
I enjoy trying new music, this would be great fun!
02/15/2012 6:33:31 PM CST
staci wells mefford says ...
Thank u for this opportunity.. ps clovis ca needs a store ..lol
02/15/2012 6:33:59 PM CST
Linda Kaars says ...
Music is always on in my home... Music often defines a mood and I would love to win this CD to play in all weather or just to uplift my spirits when needed.
02/15/2012 6:38:03 PM CST
rob says ...
I want to feel the warmth of Brazil in my soul!
02/15/2012 6:38:27 PM CST