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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!
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Debbie Moore says ...
Love to watch my daughter dance Argentine Tango. She tries to find a milonga everywhere she travels.
04/30/2011 9:24:16 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
Jen Anderson says ...
Love Putomayo! Bosso nova hands down!
04/30/2011 7:36:18 AM CDT
kel mcnichol says ...
Love a good salsa!
05/01/2011 7:00:17 PM CDT
Heda b says ...
Cha Cha and the salsa!
04/29/2011 6:02:06 AM CDT
Jackie says ...
Love my Salsa and merengue, but olde school bachata and vallenato have so much emotion in their lyrics, at the end it is really hard to choose...
04/29/2011 10:26:30 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
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
Sandra Bell says ...
I enjoyed the ChaChaCha and enjoy some of the steps today and also some of the other latin dances are very beautiful early in our marriage
04/27/2011 8:57:44 PM CDT
Claire says ...
Putamayo has helped me show my son lots of different kind of music. Latin would be great for our parties here in south Florida!!
04/28/2011 5:39:14 AM CDT
Mel Peffers says ...
Salsa, Samba, and basically anything that gets the feet moving.
04/28/2011 6:24:31 AM CDT
Luis says ...
I remember as a child lull to sleep by smooth Mambo
04/28/2011 6:35:30 AM CDT
Lloyd says ...
I love Latin music. Santana is my favorite.
04/27/2011 10:34:35 PM CDT
Christine Spacone says ...
I am interested in Rumba and Cha Cha tempo style, as I am an amateur dancer. The dancing has helped in my recovery from multiple trauma derived from an accident. That is all--I wish everyone happy and safe dancing!
04/27/2011 10:35:13 PM CDT
Mari says ...
I grew up listening to Mambo with Perez Prado and cumbias, it was what my father liked, and to this day every time I hear a mambo I see my father smiling and dancing...
04/28/2011 1:14:50 AM CDT
Ron says ...
Salsa !!! Cha cha cha !!!
04/29/2011 11:40:18 PM CDT
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
pamela KEATING says ...
transporting
04/25/2011 6:31:45 AM CDT
Simone says ...
I love them all, especially mambo.
05/01/2011 8:12:05 PM CDT
Joan says ...
Me encanta todo la musica Latina! Yes, I love everything from old school Salsa, Merengue and Bachata---to the most romantic of them all---Rumba, and of course the ever so fun Cha cha cha!
05/01/2011 10:56:37 AM CDT
scott says ...
I am quite partial to the soothing romantic sounds of Bossa Nova.
05/03/2011 9:49:34 AM CDT
angie says ...
I love Mariachi, especially all women groups like Mariachi Mujer!
05/03/2011 9:44:39 AM CDT
sue says ...
I love Bosanova,is it Latin music?
05/07/2011 2:25:07 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

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