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Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha

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.

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.

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.

Jen Anderson says …

Love Putomayo! Bosso nova hands down!

kel mcnichol says …

Love a good salsa!

Heda b says …

Cha Cha and the salsa!

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...

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.

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.

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

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!!

Mel Peffers says …

Salsa, Samba, and basically anything that gets the feet moving.

Luis says …

I remember as a child lull to sleep by smooth Mambo

Lloyd says …

I love Latin music. Santana is my favorite.

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!

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...

Ron says …

Salsa !!! Cha cha cha !!!

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!!!

pamela KEATING says …

transporting

Simone says …

I love them all, especially mambo.

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!

scott says …

I am quite partial to the soothing romantic sounds of Bossa Nova.

angie says …

I love Mariachi, especially all women groups like Mariachi Mujer!

sue says …

I love Bosanova,is it Latin music?

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!

richelle rogers says …

My favorite music style is Bossa Nova!! Beautiful thoughtful music! I love Putomayo's music...bought my first CD at whole foods five years ago and still listen at least once a day!

Nina says …

Lambada! Can stay still, when I hear it.

William Ezell says …

Good choices all around. Hope to be an owner of the CD.

alexandra says …

I love Putumayo music. Everytime I purchase a Putumayo CD, I am able to experience another culture, language and flavor from another country in my own home. I am able to escape into a French Cafe..or an Italian Lounge. I love tango, merengue, salsa, and flamenco music. I love music!

Teri says …

I love salsa! But it is all good!

Monica says …

My favorite Latin music style is definitely Salsa. It's quick, snappy, and sexy!

Kathy says …

Big fan of Gloria Estefan!

MK says …

I can't say that I am very familiar with the Latin music genre, which is why this contest caught my eye. :)

danielle gerardo says …

My husband and I love to play this kind of music inside and outside of our home because it makes us feel like we are on vacation in some exotic place, and just makes you feel good. When we entertain, we play it and our friends and families love it too. It helps to create a great party atmosphere!

Louise Rodriguez says …

Salsa! My dad sang in a Latin band in the 1950's.

carol francese says …

I love latin music. It makes me feel alinve!

Lynda Gridley says …

Definitely salsa!

Mary K says …

Merengue, definitely! Followed closely by the samba, cha-cha and runba.

Mary C, says …

You wouldn't believe how fast I can clean my house listening to Latin music.

Beth says …

Anything that can raise the mood. Living in a depressed sort of area it is hard to keep a positive mood, but I know the right kind of music can do it. And I have no doubt my fiance would grab me a up and dance around the kitchen with me like fools. :-D

Keara says …

Hmmm, I can't decide! Latin music is perfect dance music! I think I have to pick the cha cha! So much fun! c:

Gigi Paquette says …

I love salsa. It's energetic tempo is full of the movement of life.

malcolm johnson says …

Salsa! All the way. Takes me back to when I was a young boy living in New York and hearing salsa music playing on almost every corner. I missed that but the memories will always be with me.

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.

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.

Alison says …

I usually enjoy watching people dance the rumba, so I will say that.

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.

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).

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. :)

Margot S says …

I love Putumayo World Music and have a lot of the French, Paris, and Israeli music. Over the my daughter went to Spanish immersion camp, spent time in Mexico, Panama, and last year in Argentina - she is a Jr in college and has a passion for Latin America and learned Latin dances. This would be a wonderful surprise fo her this summer since she will be 'stuck home' having to have surgery foot and so no dancing for 2 months.

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