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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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Tim Y says …

I definitely warm up my winter with music, I fall asleep with my earphones in my ears and the music lulls me to sleep.

Christy Simpson says …

I love drumming

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!

Agnes says …

I love listening to All Songs Considered on NPR and to the world music station on Pandora!

Angelica says …

Music keeps me dancing all winter long.

Helen Knight says …

I love latin music! It is food for my soul as well as dancing to it! I've had 3 holidays in Brazil and spent half of them dancing to happy, lively music with such a rhythm that makes you smile!

Diane says …

I have a number of Putumayo CDs. They are all great and wonderful mood boosters.

Lora Schwartz says …

Thus music will really grab you and pull you in! If it doesn't make your muscles or your feet move, you need to play it louder!

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!

Michelle says …

I love these cd's. Can't wait to hear this one!

Howell says …

I would love to have this collection to warm up my winter.

Jordan James says …

I want to experience carnival in rio!

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.

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.

Amber says …

Day Dreaming of sitting in a cafe in Rio with this as the background music...instead of my kitchen in Missouri...

Kim says …

I really like Brazilian music and culture.

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!!!

Eugenie says …

This sounds like an interesting collection of music. I'd love to give it a listen.

Julie L says …

I would love to introduce this type of music to my elementary school-aged boys.

Betsy says …

I'm in love with Bossa Nova and that Brazillian attitude! Really makes me feel alive and energized-- from the inside out!

Lisa says …

I would love to use it to do Zumba w/my 11 yr old daughter!!

Lauren says …

Thanks for the Drawing

Margaret C says …

What better way to warm up than listening to Brazilian Beat! Would love to have Putumayo's Brazilian series.

Reba says …

Culture music heightens my senses, like culture foods. Brazilian as many others transports me to senses of delight.

stacey says …

My two daughters (8 and 3 years old) and I warm up with music while cleaning our home. We have fun by creating dance moves and being silly. Music is a great part of our lives.

JoAnn says …

Love Latin music, but not as much as my 4 yr old! We were in the parking lot of a Latin grocery store, and the Latin music was blaring outside. He was dancing so hard while sitting in the cart, he attracted the attention of a gentlemen driving through the lot. He said wow, he can dance! Is he Latino? I laughed and said no, he is Italian, but loves Latin music. For my little man, as I call him, to win this cd set, would really be a blessing!

Kim Skelton says …

I do notice playing my Latin music cheers me up and makes me feel less dreary/cold in the winter. I play the music from my cousin in Ecuador, where my mother is from.I do like Brazilian music, but now that I think of it, I don't own any, so it would be nice to add that to my collection!

Phil says …

Brazilian rhythms transport me back to Rio when I was there to witness Carnival. I stayed up all night to watch the Samba Schools parade by with their amazing costumes and intoxicating beats. As I walked back to my hotel the morning sun put a pink light on the clouds and I was exhausted, but totally overcome with emotions and all that I had seen and heard. One of the most memorable times in my life.

Howard says …

Ever since receiving my cochlear implants, I've been experimenting with music that I had never heard before. Rhythm is easier for me to pick up than melody, so this sounds like it will be wonderful!

Theresa says …

I love to put on music while I'm cooking and dance around the kitchen. The time flies, I have fun, and there's a delicious meal at the end.

Gina F. says …

I couldn't live happily without music -- It warms up my winters, cools down my summers, brings a smile to my days and joy to my evenings. I love discovering new music from all over the world... It's like getting to know a new friend. :)

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.

Nanette says …

You just keep getting better and better.

Vickey says …

The music of Brazil is infectious...it starts with your toes moving, then your feet and all of a sudden you are up and dancing...what a great way to shake off teh winter chill!

Luz A Ramirez Robles says …

listening to different types of music from different parts of the world is what I like to hear the most. It is a good feeling to hear and see other cultures that makes this world interesting and wanting to explore more of what is out there.

Hadiyah says …

Pick me,pick me!!!!!

Jennifer says …

This is music you want to throw on to get yourself moving when doing housework or while cooking dinner. Also great for casual entertaining when you have friends over for dinner and drinks. Our music collection already has Arabic Groove and I plan to see if our library carries this box set.

Susan White says …

nothing sexier then dancing to Brazilian music

chris taylor says …

I love music of all kinds. This album would bring sunny images in this cold, damp winter we are in. Love Latin music.

Kelly says …

Not a day goes by, no matter the season, when we don't listen to a Putumayo CD! We love to listen to upbeat music during the day and my baby girl falls asleep to a Dreamland CD every night. :)

glenna says …

Nothing warms up winter dull drums like good Brazilian music and dancing the samba around the living room.

Kathy says …

Kids tucked away in bed. Done after a long day. Time to put on some smooth jazz and sip on a hot cup of tea. Good evening!

Julie says …

Mmmm...I first heard Brazilian music on NPR several years ago. fell in love with it and the complex rhythms. What a great way to spice up the rest of the winter!

Raegan says …

My boys (ages 6 and 3) and I like to listen to world music while we doing many of our indoor homeschool activities during the winter months, especially art. Naturally, Putumayo tunes are some of our faves!

Jody Prestine says …

I can't think of a time in my day or day in my life that isn't infused with music! From the time I wake up in the morning 'til I go to bed at night, I have music playing. Sometimes it's only playing in my head! But it's still playing!

Tamara says …

What is a good day without the rhythm of music? I own Putumayo's," Music from the coffee lands". How exciting that Whole Foods is carrying their new album.

rachael says …

A few years back I went to a networking event and the theme was "carnival" ! There were performers there on stilts and women w nude body suits on w extravagant feathers ! Of all the networking events I have attended "Carnival " is my fondest ..the music makes me wanna "SHAKE"

Sharyn James says …

Brazilian portugues is a very sweet-sounding language. The music is sensual and upbeat. It is warming mentally and spiritually.

Yvette says …

For the past few years Chris Botti's album December has accompanied me as I spent late nights preparing holiday meals and baking cookies. Very therapeutic after everyone has gone to bed and just quiet focus. Brazilian music is wonderful. I especially love Bossa Nova.

Lorie says …

Listen to Brazilian music all the time, love the dances too.

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