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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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Amy says …

Music warms my winter days. It transports me to a spring day full of rythm and life.

Katharine says …

I love Latin music. I like to listen to Latin music while prepping meals and stuff around the house. I like to move with the music....makes me happy.

lynne cahill says …

Great music and a really distinctive sound. It would really be a treat to have the 6 CD set.

terry says …

a little Brazilian Beat in the winter warms me up

Laura diCurcio says …

love Putamayo collections and I don't have as many as I'd like: this one sounds great!

Jennifer Essad says …

I like listening to music that is different from every day.....thanks for the opportunity to!

Heather says …

Music definitely warms up my winter! Even when it's cold out, I am warm on my walk from the upbeat music I listen to.

Rebecca says …

I'd have a dance party with my kids to this.

Earle says …

Tall. Tan. Young. Lovely. Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Bev Growney says …

Great music and a fun chance to add this to my collection. Thanks, Bev

Raichel S says …

The music just transports you into different worlds with the unique and intriguing rythms.

louise says …

My daughter loves to dance with me ”Dance like you did at your wedding” - dancing and her sweetness warm me up.

Mari U says …

Nothing like warming up NW winter blues with some spicy music!

MJackson says …

I would love to have the CD to exercise to. I need the rhythm to keep me going. Thanks

Christina says …

In the winter, and really all year long, we like to blast Bachata music. My husband is Dominican and it makes him feel at home and reminds me of my many trips down to DR. I love to dance around the house with our 7 week old son, letting him learn the music of his culture. Creating lasting memories... That's what great music can do!

Joe Rivkin says …

Ever since Brazil 66 I have been hooked on Brazilian music

Alice says …

We Love Putumayo, samba & Carnival =)

Tony says …

Building a house in the mountains, moving to the music keeps me warm and in the flow.

Marco B says …

Brazilian music is great for dancing naked ! (in the shower of course !) ;o)

Angela Bousalis says …

I love to listen to music in the winter... to keep me focused while I study inside, out of the cold. It's my form of hibernation :)

Holly says …

Putumayo recordings have become the music of my life. I have been purchasing them ever since the company started and have dozens of albums and listen to different selections each day. When I want a pick-me-up, I put on Putumayo. I am a music teacher with a Master's Degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC as well as a certified Zumba instructor who teaches 4 Zumba classes per week. So I also use Putumayo songs for work as well as pleasure. Obrigado for a new Brazillian Collection! Sincerely, Holly

Candy Holmes says …

Love the Brazilian tempo. Great way to get motivated. Just love it!

Gregory says …

Brazilian breeze and swaying tree. This music was meant for love!

Ann says …

Love many kinds of music to fit many kinds of moods. This music sounds great and would be a new experience for us. I would love to win it.

Ray Iasiello says …

Putumayo always has such authentic and really well put-together playlists, I've found since the 90's, when I first encountered their music ~ that you just can't go wrong when you give them as gifts to friends who dig music from different cultures. And I've never gotten 1 that was disappointing for myself either. Always rich, sweet rootsy and real.

Jim Wright says …

Check it out ;-) Sweet, serene, invigorating and joyful. It seamlessly blends acoustic guitar with jazz, bossa nova with samba, electronica with vocal music. It also serves a good cause. 1% of the proceeds from the sale of the album goes to the Homens Brazilian Association, which defends the rights of Brazilian children and adolescents.

Jimena Sayavedra says …

I love Brazilian music, in all its forms...and I always love Putumayo compilation of fantastic global music. I'm positive even the coldest day of this not so winter that we've had so far, would get even warmer and with lots of good vibes from this CD's. A Brazilian Beat is the best medicine for stress, sadness ;)

Mike says …

I've been listening to Michael Crockett on KUT to warm my winter with music from Brazil and Latin America.

Maureen says …

The Celtic music is the best!

Ray Iasiello says …

Putumayo always has such authentic and really wellput-together playlists, I have found since the 90's, when I first encountered this label ~ that you simply can't go wrong when you give them as gifts to friends who dig music from different cultures. And I've never gotten 1 that was disappointing for myself either. Always rich, sweet rootsy and real.

Doug says …

Sometimes late at night, before I go to sleep, I turn on the radio and turn off the lights, turn off the tv, turn off the computer and sit back in my recliner and listen to some music for about half an hour or so. I listen to a variety of stations.

Cindy says …

Zumba has been my go to winter activity. The music and exercise is amazing!

Naomi says …

It is great to use as clean the house music. It's a great motivator and helps to get the blood pumping.

Merry Graham says …

I love playing music to fit the cuisine while cooking ~ it really puts me in the mood. I would absolutely love playing Brazilian music while preparing the foods that match!

Christine Cooney says …

I love the Putumayo CDs! I'm a toddler teacher and the kids always are asking for the whole series of Putumayo CDs, ecpecially World Playground! Those CDs are definitely life savers!

Liz says …

I first saw and heard their grooves when on a trip to Brazil- what a fascinating place and incredible music to boot!

Ruth says …

Our daughter was born in late October, and we played a Putumayo CD for her virtually every day all fall and winter. Seven years later, she is very musical, and it all started because of the CD.

Pamela Hughes says …

The great beat of Latin music warms me up on cold days! I play drums, guitar, and piano, and whenever the winter blues take hold of me, I play a little Jobim, and then I'm ready for the day!

Jane says …

Baiao, carimbo, fandango, caboclinhos, maxixe, bossa nova! Bring on the music to enjoy the dances! Please pick me!

Rina says …

I love listening to world music and having it transport me to the country represented. Latin rhythms are my favorite and get me up and dancing to the beat. Music lifts my spirits and warms my soul.

Katemari says …

I love to cook listening to Bossa Nova, jog to the sound of samba, and spend time with friends and MPB. Music is part of who I am, it warms up my soul!

Lotus Flower says …

Listening to Latin music (any genre) in winter puts me in a summer state of mind that makes the dreary cold days go back much more smoothly.

Mary DePrey says …

I much prefer Zumba class for some of my daily exercise rather than the treadmill. It would be great to try The Brazilian Beat for a new workout.

Fionna says …

I love Brazilian music! I started listening to Brazilian music when I was a child and I still do.

Heather F says …

Music has the opportunity to shift an entire mood - from grey day to lightness and warmth! (Especially Putumayo...)

Zhanna hamadeh says …

I have the putomayo cd from the wine countries, and I have it on at every dinner party, it sets the perfect mood. My guests always compliment me on my choice of music and the ambiance which it provides. Love it!!!

Chasmo says …

I have at least a dozen Putumayo CDs - one of the best ways to travel without leaving home.

Belinda Gross says …

I love to listen to Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat. Really just anything with a good beat and the music/lyrics tell me a story. I would love to have some Brazilian music added to my warming up my winter.

Joe Rivers says …

The only way to cook without it feeling like a chore is with music playing in the background. A steady rhythm is fine for chopping and dicing. Something slow for when you need to simmer.... Yup!

Amy says …

Definitely! I listen to my favorite nostalgic beach inspired tracks and latin music to heat up the kitchen :)

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