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Putumayo Celebrates Carnival in Rio with Brazilian Beat

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.

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Robert Launay says …

I am partial to good, old fashioned chouro and samba.

Deirdre says …

The heat from Brazilian music keeps me dancing. That's how I stay warm! Love it!

Mary K Weber says …

Organic food and great music - such is a perfect life! Thanks Whole Foods for supplying what we need, best always, Mary

Robin says …

Music is the rhythm of life!

Cindy says …

My baby girl loves music. I've been playing all sorts of music for her this winter. She loves watching me dance and sing. All the movement is definitely keeping me warm.

Harriet says …

Brazilian music is the best particularly during the winter months. I absolutely love Brazilian music when I am cooking spicy food in my kitchen while I am cooking for my family. Life cannot get any better than that!!!

PA Gallagher says …

Something to warm up the winter gray days would be very welcome in Portland. I would love to win the set of CD's

Monica says …

My daughter studied in Sao Paulo for a year where met the man she is now married to. He now teaches Capoeira here in the US . Music is an integral of this dance/martial arts discipline. I love music from Brazil. My daughter loves the Putumayo Kids CD.

Sheila says …

I love Brazilian music!! I used to teach dance & couldn't play it enough!

Darla Fuqua says …

Went to Brazil years ago to a wedding of a friend and when we cook we love to listen to music. The culture was great w/all the meat you could eat til you put a stop sign up,chocolate daily,passion fruits,they had the biggest avacados we ever seen but ate them w/milk. Casasha drinks were great never had a headache,very affectionate and glamourous culture. Roads were very scary,we felt safe w/our friends.Very hospitable,we could learn alot.

Clementine says …

I listen and dance to latin music (salsa, cumbia, bachata, cha-cha, latin jazz, mambo, latin pop, etc.). Keeps me fit while it feeds my soul!

Marjorie Millner says …

I warm up my winter by writing piano waltzes, by playing Irish fiddle with friends, and by listening to Afropop Worldwide. The show has featured some Brazilian music that I really enjoyed. There's something so sexy about the beat and the Portuguese language. I'm not just saying this because Putumayo is a sponsor of Afropop! It's true. I don't always get to hear the show when it airs, and when I was on Soundcloud the other day (I have my own page with my classical/contemporary piano stuff if you want to see if it's true about the piano waltzed) I did a search for Afropop Worldwide and found all their mixtapes and many shows! I put many on my iPod and they get me through my day. I would really love to hear your Brazilian series. I would get it onto my iPod immediately!

Noelle says …

We are constantly buying Putumayo Music- and following their newly released tunes on their website and sharing the music with friends. We try to buy more than one copy of whatever we buy and pass it along when someone asks us where it comes from. They are great gift ideas since each of their cd's offer eclectic compilations and are all inclusive of every background and nation. Thanks Putumayo!

kyrivergirl says …

samba!

Ursula says …

My kids love Putumayo. Many an evening the music cranks and the boys dance.The best part is, everyone enjoys the music!

Stephanie V. says …

Oh yes, always! and summer and spring and fall . . .

Jack & Joanne says …

What a wonderful sound to be playing in the background during the evening. Brazilian music soothes the soul and makes you feel alive. The group, Minas, is another group that makes fantastic music

Germaine says …

I love finding new music.

DeeDee Pulver says …

Love, Love, love Putumayo! Lifts the soul and takes you to another place. My children have grown up with world music through Putumayo. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give them, exposure to other cultures, languages, and music. You don't have to understand the lyrics to feel the story of the music. We dance, spin, and live through the music! When you can't go outside because it I too cold wet and dreary Putumayo is transporting and a simple pleasure, a delight, it connects us and energizes us. Thank you! We love to listen at whole foods too makes a trip to the grocery store a sensual trip, good food, good music, and great people.

Aaron S. says …

Of course, doesn't everyone love winter music to beat the snowy and icy (in Wisconsin) blues?

karen says …

Being a Montessori Teacher, culture is an integral part of our curriculum. By introducing children to the traditions,customs,culture and music of a country they become immediately absorbed into the sounds and free spirited movement - moving their bodies to the beat and sound of the music becoming fully engrossed.

Tia says …

I haven't warmed up my winter with music, but that does give me an idea for a new tradition :)

Amy Weaver says …

My son loves this series and I like to listen too! Keep the music coming!

Carmella Lauranzano says …

I love Putumayo CD's. They are so much fun to listen to, better than your boring old music you here on the radio.

Mitchell Zweibel says …

Music isn't just for Winter although it stirs the blood and moves my feet. I listen to music all the time. And working in a Library, I have access to a wide and deep selection of tunes, so I find new music I don't know as well as old favorites.

Adele says …

I warm my spirit and heart with music! This music crosses all language, ethnicity and culture. This enlivening music includes all and does not exclude anyone who flows with its rhythm and grace.

Pat Horton says …

Brazilian music brings joy to your soul.

Margaret says …

I can't wait to try the black bean soup with this music in the background, add some cervezas and you have a party!

Susan Andrus says …

Dancing is the best exercise because it's fun and makes you feel like a kid again.

Cheryl KAMPE says …

My spinning class instructor always takes us on a exotic journey with his music. I love listening to the music that Putumayo offers. Even in the dead of winter ,listening to this music allows me dance around the house while I whip something up tasty in the kitchen.

LNicole says …

Happy Carnival! What a great way to celebrate mardi gras everyday of the year! It would be a great addition to my other Latin based tracks on my ipod!

Donn Griffith says …

This is great music

Carol Jackson says …

Brazilian music reminds me of the hot peppers I grow. hot, hot, hot.

Cindy says …

Love Brazilian music to transport to a warm, happy mood!

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.

Valerie Purcell says …

Winter in Texas is one of the only times of year it's cool enough to catch our family bursting into spontaneous dance!!! We play online music we find for each other as well as our in house favorites and end up always in crazy laughing dance sets! We all love world music & each has a specialty that we share with each other. These seem to occur especially on the coldest winter nights while we wait for something to come out of the oven - so it's a double hot time in the house! enjoi les musiques!

Louri says …

I LOVE Brazilian music, regardless of genre!

Melissa says …

I'm a fitness instructor and it always helps to 'warm up' my classes with warmer music!

Kimberly McCray says …

I LOVE Brazilian Music & I LOVE ZUMBA!!!! PICK ME PLZ!

Linda Cohn says …

Every Whole Foods is a great oasis of caring people, the only healthy fresh food and great karma!

Kathie R says …

This kind of music sounds like sunshine and chases away the cold blasts off of Lake Erie.

Grazi says …

Musica brasileira! My favorite!

Renee Meyers says …

I would love to win this awesome CD!

RARE BEAR says …

RARE BEAR Sez- Putumayo CD's are GREAT!! Music from all over the world without having to travel farther than the closest Whole Foods. Dance! Dance! the night away! (and the day too!) And its so much easier than traveling! Thanks Dan for all the great music!!

Mary says …

Putumayo CD's are awesome. Can't wait to hear 'Brazilian Beat'.

Kathleen says …

I love anything I've ever heard from Putumayo. I first discovered them years ago and still listen to some of those first tapes... tapes- ha- they are old. They are a great way to introduce children to the sound of world music, too. We put on the music, dance to the beat, and any crankiness fades away immediately. And it's fun to find the country of origin on the globe. Great on a gray winter's day! All moms, dads, and teachers should have a selection-- for the kids and for themselves.

Jessica says …

I'd love to win this. I had a bunch of Putumayo CDs in college and that was all I listened to.

cheryl says …

Nothing lifts a bad mood or dreary winter day better than some pumped up music!

Meg says …

I am so excited to listen to Brazilian music, I need a winter warm up!

Emma says …

Love these CDs - our local library has them and we've borrowed on or two - my kids love them, too, but library checkout periods are just too short! We'd love tO

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