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Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha

By Dan Storper, April 23, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper
THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER SHORTLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS! Read on to enter to win a 12-CD set from Putumayo’s Latin Collection. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. As a young kid growing up in the 1950s, I remember watching my parents and their friends dancing the mambo and cha cha cha. While these weren’t styles they’d grown up with, it was easy to see the joy the music brought them. By the time Desi Arnaz aka “Rickie Ricardo” of I Love Lucy fame arrived on TV, these styles had become global phenomena and were being danced in every corner of the world. Fast forward to today and they’ve made a powerful comeback on TV dance shows and in dance studios and night clubs from Austin to Aberdeen. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Putumayo’s new release, Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha, demonstrates the universal and lasting appeal of this retro-flavored music. And, since it provided the mellower underpinnings of the salsa boom that occurred a couple of decades later, it has similar appeal that brought global acclaim to the  Buena Vista Social Club artists. As an indication of the music’s global popularity, this collection not only features several groups from Cuba, but also Latin bands from Scotland, Belgium, France and Russia. Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha is now available in many Whole Foods Market stores along with other Putumayo Latin and international CD collections. So, what’s your favorite Latin music style? Leave a comment below by May 4th for a chance to win a 12-CD collection from our Latin series. THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER SHORTLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS!
Category: Contests




Alicia says ...
I don't have too much experience with Latin music, but I LOVE Putomayo's records!!! They all ROCK!! And have aloud me to experience all different typs of music from around the world that I wouldn't have even listened to without them!! THEY ROCK!!!! THANKS!!!
04/23/2011 6:36:26 AM CDT
Carol M says ...
Cha Cha Cha! I smile at the memories of my parents learning this dance at their dance club. I was included in the practice and for a young teen girl, this was heaven. You can't listen to this music without moving and smiling. I'd love to win this collection!
04/23/2011 8:03:06 AM CDT
Elise says ...
This type of music always reminds me to stop and dance. I think it reminds us that our bodies are something we take for granted and we deserve to indulge ourselves with brief moments of Latin rhythm.
04/23/2011 9:51:19 AM CDT
Elise says ...
My favorite of these dances has to be Mamba. I first got to experience this dance under the stars at a Latin music festival where it was taught to me by a friend. The rhythm is infectious and completely uplifts your mood. It would be a treasure to have these songs at my fingertips for those moments where the world needs to slip away and rhythm needs to slip in.
04/23/2011 9:57:44 AM CDT
vilte says ...
I love love love Putamayo's music collection and will often request them to put on hold from the library. I dance the Cha-Cha and would love to have this cd collection.
04/23/2011 10:10:41 AM CDT
Diana says ...
I love Putomayo's records! I've listened to a lot of different Latin music, but my favorite are the older, more traditional styles.
04/23/2011 10:18:54 AM CDT
Angela says ...
Not sure what style it is but Buena Vista Social Club is an incredible album - lots of artists! It'd be nice to add a new set of CDs to the usual repetoire. :)
04/23/2011 11:10:54 AM CDT
Bonnie says ...
Love Kumbiya and cha cha cha. I would also love this cd collection.
04/23/2011 1:07:58 PM CDT
Eduardo Abundiz says ...
I love Mariachi / Ranchera!! The music is so romantic! My wife loved when I had some play for her at a birthday party! I've been buying Putumayo’s records, clothing and cards, since the 70's!! Love 'em!! I was listening to sample tracks of Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha ...fantastic groove!
04/23/2011 1:57:08 PM CDT
Samantha Sophia says ...
Fav latin music style? That is a hard one because I love it all! The flavor, passion, and culture make it something that is always worth having on my music player!
04/23/2011 2:37:17 PM CDT
Rebecca says ...
My favorite is samba. I am a drummer, and I continue to be amazed at people who can effectively play samba. It is fast and intense yet has a feel of being laid back and calm. I absolutely love to listen to it, though I have never learned to play it . . . and I have not played drums in years. But it still mesmerizes me.
04/23/2011 3:52:47 PM CDT
Antonio Minuta says ...
I love Putumayo and I love all latin music. I love bachata specially what they are doing with it mashing it up with reggae, hip-hop, and soul. Antonio
04/23/2011 9:42:23 PM CDT
Merle says ...
Salsa,bachata, cha cha !! Did I say salsa. Started taking salsa classes four years ago and life has never been the same. There is something about the music that just makes you feel good. Love going to different dance places whenever I get to travel. There hasn't been a country that I've gone to where people aren't dancing to the Latin beat. Even if you don't speak the language just by dancing you already have something in common.
04/24/2011 6:36:20 AM CDT
LaShaune says ...
Also, the explosion of Zumba in health clubs and the exercise DVD has provided another vehicle of exposing Latin dance and music. If I had to pick, and it's difficult to do because I love salsa dancing, the Rumba would have to be my favorite - so sultry!
04/24/2011 2:24:22 PM CDT
Gloria says ...
My Aunt and Uncle used to dance Cumbia at all the family celebrations. They were the couple that you could not stop watching, they were so in sync with each other. I can remember thinking we weren't watching two people dance, they were one partnership. So, since then, Cumbia has been my favorite Latin music.
04/24/2011 10:19:52 PM CDT
Mary Granger says ...
As a Latina, these rhythms have never gone out of style for me. They're ALL so much fun to dance. Please enter me for a chance to the Putumayo CD. Thanks.
04/25/2011 1:34:28 AM CDT
pamela KEATING says ...
04/25/2011 6:31:45 AM CDT
Christine says ...
Salsa, because after moving here at 5 years of age from Puerto Rico, one my favorite memories of childhood is seeing and hearing the delight on my mother's face as she danced/moved to the music native to the Isla del Encanto.
04/25/2011 7:51:04 AM CDT
Victoria McMath says ...
My favorite latin music style will be carribbean music because it has so much flavor and history. This is music that is mixed with African beats and Spanish or French influences. It is a music style that once you hear it, you get intoxicated and will have the need to move.
04/25/2011 9:11:22 AM CDT
sarah says ...
Definitely the cha cha. First learned how to dance the cha cha in college. It was fun and kind of awkward!
04/25/2011 7:44:07 PM CDT
Alison says ...
I usually enjoy watching people dance the rumba, so I will say that.
04/26/2011 3:40:27 AM CDT
Joy says ...
Honestly? Pretty much any type of Latin Music except ranchera or cumbia. Other than that, I enjoy everything else I've heard. I'll admit...both ranchera and cumbia are easy to sing along to though.
04/26/2011 6:24:13 AM CDT
Nicole M. says ...
Being Puerto Rican I grew up with Salsa but love all forms of Latin music. I remember my parents teaching me to dance as a small girl and the magic of my Abuelo (Grandfather) playing his guitar and singing all the old songs from his childhood in Puerto Rico. Thanks for making me reminisce even if I don't win :). I would love to win this for my two babies though (2yrs and 5 months).
04/26/2011 4:14:49 PM CDT
Angel Garcia says ...
Salsa and Rumba! The true essence to my soul.
04/26/2011 7:59:17 PM CDT
Whitney McCrum-Morrison says ...
I love the Samba only slightly more than the Rumba. (I used to teach dance at Arthur Murray) The samba is so full of spirit and joy - it's an entire party in a few simple moves. And the rumba is the ultimate dance of love. :)
04/26/2011 11:30:30 PM CDT