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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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Delna B says …

I look forward to winning this. Thank you Whole Foods for 'whole-some' music. :) --D

Greg says …

I was in Brazil last year for Carneval and I miss it now. You never tire of the music. Obrigado!

Ashley M says …

I love to warm up my winter with music! The season starts with Christmas music warming up the winter and preparing for the holidays. Then, music keeps my warm while I am working off all of those holiday treats :).

Jackie says …

We love Buena Vista Social Club. Since moving from balmy Key West, FL to Colorado - we really miss the lively latin music that was so prevalent in the Keys. Listening to those old CD's takes us back to our island life.

Paul says …

Love the music and Zumba

Hannah Natour says …

I listen to music that makes me feel nostalgic....something that brings back memories from college or growing up in a small town. It may be cold outside in the winter, but doing that warms me up on the inside.

Elle Hyson says …

Brazilian music is stimulating and delightful to listen to and move to and helps keep me younger than my years.

bee kirchgatterer says …

My family starts every Sunday with great pastries, delicious coffee, and the energizing beats of international music. From south America to eastern Europe, we listen to it all!

Lorraine Brophy says …

Love the music! I would love to win this super collection

david dyson says …

The Girl from Ipanema--"tall and tan and young and lovely"

erika says …

Something sultry on the cd player -- hitting just the right note between soothing and exciting -- is an essential ingredient in the fireplace + warm blanket + warm beverage + cold outside = happy girl equation.

sue says …

love the beat. it's jazzy but cool.

Elizabeth says …

I live for this type of music. I warm up by a warm drink and some good music

Terry says …

The beat goes on! I love all Latin music. Putumayo does a great job of introducing us to World music.

Anne says …

When I travel to another country I always bring home some of the local music. Listening takes me back to those places and memories. I have learned to feel the flavor of a place through the music.

Joanna Grinberg-Ayala says …

There is no better music for lazy winter evenings than the gentle, rhythmic bossa nova. Just curl up under a blanket and dream away to a warm Brazilian night.

Pamela says …

I heat up winter with some Brazilian folk music called forro in the am. Really great to start the day!

Jacci says …

I walk 4 miles everyday listening to music on my iPod, same 15 songs, but I still love them all. Would love to try some new music, and considering Feb 23rd is my birthday, this collection would be the perfect gift! : )

Jason Yaskoir says …

Yes...I play reggae while cooking...that heats the winter up!

Shannan Hoffman says …

I really love international music - especially latin and indian. They have great beats that make you want to dance!

Nahrain Hanna Hinaro says …

I love Putamayo albums. The first one I discovered was on a study abroad trip to Florence. Since than, I've been trying to remember to grab one of all the places I have or will visit. Winters are hard at times, but they become so easy with a quick mix of my favorite genres on Pandora sipping on some herbal tea. Happy Listening!

Heather says …

During the winter months, we stay warm by singing and dancing indoors with our 3 year old son. Music has always been a big part of our lives, and we are imparting that tradition to our son. My parents were dance instructors in their youth for Arthur Murray. Their favorite genre of music was/is latin rhythms. And now, being a member of a latin family through marriage, good music will displace us all from our warm winter chairs! I will enjoy hearing the Brazilian Beat!

Ad Rotondo says …

romantic music with a hot cup of tea

Sarah W says …

What better way to warm up than dancing to Brazilian music? I love to Zumba to the beat!

Andrea says …

We definitely warm up with music - especially Putamayo's playground series for kids. Can't have the winter doldrums with Reggae Playground on the stereo!

Jessica says …

Music warms our Winter! Recently we bought the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack. Our family also enjoys World Playground, Latin Playground, and a lot of items in Dan Zanes catalog. We'd LOVE to add zip to the commute with some Brazilian beats!

marie says …

Soothing Brazilian contemporary music a must have for anyone who like to relax and enjoy the wonderful rhythms of Brazil.

Irma says …

Would love to celebrate Carnival in Rio with Putumayo but since that is not going to happen, I would be delighted to have this CD set so that my heart and soul can enjoy Carnival days and nights right here at home.to Nothing can get my latino feet moving and the heart and blood pumping like the terrific rythem and beat of this music.

Michele says …

I warm up my Winter with all kinds of saucy popular music and some yummy, spicy foods!!...Reeba!!!

Tim Y says …

Would love to experience more Brazilian music..thanks!

Terry Byrnes says …

I am dieing to dance to Putumato's Brazilian Beat! Bring it on! The neighbors and I are ready to groove to samba soul and bossa nova!

Carrie says …

music in the winter is essential. Any kind, but especially latin is warm

Steven Berger says …

I usually have some nice winter music playing while making dinner, it makes the event a lot more fun!

Kimberly Moses says …

My New Year's resolution was to put on great dance music for 20 minutes a day - and dance myself skinny in my living room. I figure it is way better than power walking on a treadmill in a stinky gym...

cait says …

I absolutely love Brazilian music. I actually got into it while spending Christmas in Belize. As I listen to the music on dreary cold winter days in New York, I'm transported back to the sunshine and warmth of a much more beautiful place!

lise sheehan says …

My daughter and I were just talking about Putamayo the other day. I have several of their CDs. She was talking about the Putamayo presents program on the River, 93.9, WRSI. So I looked it up. Putamayo means birth of the river (one of several meanings).

Angela says …

I LOVE Brazilian music! In the morning I start my day by turning it up and dancing along while getting ready for my day. Sometimes my dog dances with me! It gets me ready to tackle the day by being happy and celebrating life! I love the Putumayo cd's as they always have authentic music that is fun, inspirational and sexy for the ears! I'm a huge fan of Putumayo and Brazilian music!

W Bligh says …

Music is what makes life bearable or incredible and in the depths of a darkened and endless Winter music is what leads us all to embrace the beauty and life of the forthcoming Spring that joyously follows and then provides the new beautiful life that always follows the inky midnight darkness of our Winter malaise. ***************************************************

Enchanting Blossom says …

Would love to have the Brazilian Beat. Love the Putumayo collection.

Tina Roney says …

I enjoy your newsletter; it is both informative on health issues and like recieving the updates on specials and new items. Thank you.

Shirleycg says …

Brazilian Jazz warms up my winter and anytime of the year. Brazilian beat warms up the soul and excites the senses with joy. Love the music!

Debbie says …

When I visit the River Walk in San Antonio I would pick up a cd of Brazilian music.Then in this last move I lost it. Ohhh I so want another one.

Cecilia says …

Putumayo music goes right to my soul! It's hard to stay still when I listen to the energy it radiates! Love that musica!!

Mary K says …

Putumayo puts together the best musical selections! I can't wait to hear this one!

Michael DiPietro says …

I have the Dreamland set and which I have downloaded and installed along with the cd art onto my computer...so everytime I log in it plays a random track and the graphics keep me coming back for more...Wish me luck I would love to hear some new beats and warm up to a winter heat... - MJD

Sarah West says …

Brazilian music, takes me to Rio. Just close your eyes and let the rythem take you their. It warms my soul.

Hitomi says …

My 1 year old baby and husband keeps my heart warm. My baby likes to walk even outside when it is cold. He also loves to dance with music. I'd love to see him move to this Brazilian music :)

Kerri says …

I LOVE the Brazilian Beat!!!

WR Spector says …

Love that beat!

Carl Mead says …

Listening to some music from a warm climate just warms me up on a cold day

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