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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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leigh says …

love listening to music in the winter by the fire!

Michael Wheeler says …

I have been warming up not must my winters with music, but all the seasons. I have collected many of that compilations by Putumayo and have expanded My global music appreciation. My library has expanded to many thousands of Latin sounds as well as many more from around the world.

Lori W-H says …

Music can be so energizing, especially when you're stuck indoors on cold rainy days. The right music can lift the spirit. Sounds like Putamayo's Brazilian Beat would do the job.

Donna Dicenso says …

Let's have some wonderful brazilian recipes to go along with the wonderful up beat music. I will make a great dinner and blame it on "the bosa nova".

Anika says …

I warm up my winter with music when I'm cooking and during workouts. Brazilian, latin and caribbean beats push me through and I forget its winter. I love music and it helps me to be more creative.

Rosie says …

Dance music is the best way to warm up my winter, and I am sure Putumayo music would be a great way to do it! Latin music (including Brazilian) is my favorite music to dance to any time of the year. Techno music just doesn't cut it for me. I love all Latin dance rhythms.

Diane S. Donovan says …

We are Jazz enthusiast and enjoy Latin and Brazlian music when at work, traveling, working in the yard or enteraining.

William Dunphy says …

Love the French cafe CD, gets me in the mood to cook.

Jeanne says …

Music definitely makes the house feel cozier in winter - especially if it's from a warm weather place like Brazil! Love the latin beat!

Tonya Denmark says …

I love Putumayo's CD's and use them to teach my kids in school about different cultures and styles of music. I'm always on the look out for more!

flo henner says …

feel the music, it will take you where you want to be!!! always upbeat, changes mood instantly!!

Mansura says …

Putumayo puts together cool albums for a taste of other lands. I have other CD's from Putumayo that give the real flavor. Winter doldrums are the best time for Samba. Bring on the world music!

Ashley says …

I love music and Putumayo’s CD's are amazing!

Michele says …

Ahh, the memories. My father, long past away, was a Merchant seaman for most of my life. On one of his rare voyages to South America, he brought back albums of local Carnival music...I still remember the cover illustrations, one with Sugar Loaf in the distance, and the rhythm, so different from anything I'd heard before. But the best part of the memory was watching my Mom & Dad, dancing to the music in the living room of our little row home, laughing and shimmying to the beat.

Jim says …

My home in southern Florida is filled with Brazilian art and artifacts. We have a carnival party each year to celebrate Brazilian food , culture and music. Putumayo would be a great addition to my carnival music collection.

Gary Crispens says …

Brazilian music has influenced so many people and musicians including the Miami Sound Machine, J Lo and others. I would love to play this music when it is cold outside to remind me of warm beach times ahead.

Youngshim Gontijo says …

Just got back from Brazil a few days ago celebrating my grandmothers 90th birthday, but unfortunately missed the carnival coming up. I having been craving some brazilian music, especially samba!! I would be so thrilled if I were picked! - Youngshim

Lynn says …

I can't wait to listen to it!

Lorena says …

I've always loved music from Brazil, who can resist those soothing beats!

Kathryn says …

My husband is from Recife, Northern Brazil, where they really know how to party and dance to the hot Brazilian beat!!! There is nothing like Carnival in Brazil :)

Gerry Carbine says …

Everything I'd better with music!

CathyY says …

Can't be a couch potato with this music! It enlivens and gets the blood going! Makes exercise fun. Now THAT'S saying something!

Nancy says …

Listening to music in the evening gives me a break from the news of the day and gives me a reason to move. I like to pick a genre for the evening and try new artists.

kathy says …

I love this, get a taste of Brazil in the cold winter days of Minnesota! Thanks for the chance to win!

Orea roussis says …

I love to listen to Brazilian music when i drive. It keeps me alert and happy.

Linda says …

Putumayo Rocks!... or rather, Sambas!!

anita says …

these are great for dinner company....brazilian food/brazilian music..........love these as background music at home.........pick me pick me pick me!

Sydney Bialo says …

I LOVE the Putumayo recordings. I ran an after school program for years; we used music on a daily basis with the children. The Putumayo recordings were a great way to expose children to the music of the World! Thank you!

Kathy terhaar says …

Sounds like something that would brighten up these cold winter days!

Vannessa says …

We warm up our winters by listening to salsa and merengue. The kids start to dance around and it turns into a party for the 4 of us.

JW says …

never heard it before so I'm curious.

nicole says …

Tuta_Mayo, Sambo Mambo!Obrigado :)

karin says …

always open to new music to share with my fitness classes!

Luis says …

Love Putumayo's collection, it has introduced me to a great variety of awesome music!

MARY GRACE GUASTELLA says …

I enjoy trying new music! Bring me to a fun warm happy place...

Joanna Katzen says …

I want to warm up my winter with music! I love Putumayo--they've introduced me to so much good music and so many cultures, and Whole Foods has too! I love both (love winter too, but where's our snow? [I'm in Boston, MA])

yonaleh friedman says …

I love,love Putumayo's music. I was the first to shop at the first store on Columbus @ 76 street, NYC. great store. great stuff. great music.

Sarah Quezada says …

I lived in Brazil for five years. I love their music. Putumayo does such a great job of translating ethnic music for the general public. Parabens!

Paul says …

It's the beat that makes you wanna eat!

Liag says …

This is where it all comes from! Even if I wanted to I couldn't control the feelings and the movement that the music of Brazil does to me.

Vicky says …

Thank you for celebrating Brazil! The thought of Carnaval in Rio warms my heart! It brings me me back to my Brazilian roots and the "jeitinho Brazileiro" ( the Brazilian way and touch)

Judi says …

There's nothing Brazilian music to warm us up and get us ready for warmer weather. I'm so looking forward to samba, bossa nova and Bar-B-Q!

somegirl74 says …

Bring on the beat! I love all Putumayo mixes!

cheryl reed says …

yes i would like to winn the cds thanks

Jodi says …

Just dancing around the house to some upbeat music is a great way to beat the winter blues!

Brooke says …

Every morning at 6 am when my 2 year old son wakes me up, we turn on music to warm up our body and soul as we dance around the kichen making breakfast.

Diana E. says …

I enjoy so many of putamayo's mixes - they are the best, summer or winter, sun or snow! :) i love to get my boogie on to the sounds of putamayo!

Debra says …

My husband and I definitely warm up the winter with music. We have nights where we open a bottle of wine, get comfty on the couch and listen to a variety of music while catching up on each others work weeks. The night usually get's long as more CD's are played and stories of our past lives triggered by songs create wonderful evenings of learning more about each other. Brazilian Beat would take us to another world, perhaps a future place to escape to!

Melissa says …

I love Putumayo CDs! I use them for our thematic dinner nights at home. :)

sandra Brown says …

the Indians with their reed flutes, the Portuguese with their singers and viola players, and the Africans with their many thrilling rhythms - make this Brazilian music full of passion, of sentiment, of joy. When I am housecleaning I dance to its music and it makes the day of chores so much fun.

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