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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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Natalie says …

Favorite music and dance style is definitely salsa! There is nothing that makes me happier than to put on some salsa music and dance in my living room!

Leila says …

In my house it starts with Santana and encompasses many of the Latin styles. My husband grew up in El Paso in the 70s and loves Latin music.

dina solnit says …

I love the mambo :)

Juanita says …

Salsa at Havana Village, Flamenco in Fort Reno Park, Gala Theatre Ranchero at Wolftrap Barns, Tango lessons at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom, Maru Montero's Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for the memories DC! This old gringa is ready to buy some Putamayo and bailar!

Rachel Castria says …

I love Mambo! It's so much fun to kick it up & dance away, regardless of whether you know the correct steps or not :) Enjoy tea with lemon or a few margaritas & it's a great night... regardless of whatever else is going on!!

Judy Kinal says …

Charo on Guitar is my absolte favorite latin music. I love working to Bolero.

Faith says …

So hard to pick just one favorite, when they're all so good. I would pick Mariachi though, with a little salsa here and there : )

Stacey B. says …

Definitely the Mamba, but all latin dances are beautiful!

johanna moquin says …

How could I choose? I dance zumba as much as possible. This combines many latin dances as well as african. I don't know about my favorite moves but my latest was a cha-cha at a cuban restaurant in Aruba on Friday April 22.

Kerry Franken says …

I love Salsa! It's perfect for summertime.

Leah Furnas says …

The CD that gets the most play at my house is Buena Vista Social Club. Second most played is Miguel Calo (tango).

Mayra says …

I love Latin Music. Being born in the USA and having Cuban parents I was always exposed to this kind of music at home. My mom would make it a ritual to claen and dance to this music all the time. Chores were always a pleasure due to the great latin dance tunes of the rumba, mambo and of course cha cha cha!

Will R. says …

tex-mex with tuba!

Meryl Koester says …

Mambo is King of the Latin Beat!!

Lorraine Brophy says …

Love this music!

David says …

Flamenco is my favorite! EVERYONE should give Camaron De La Isla a listen at least once, afterward they might just be hooked.

Lorraine Brophy says …

Love this music! You can't help joyfully moving!

prisca says …

Salsa! I am a big fan of Putumayo. Believe it or not, I was introduced to Salsa dancing in Switzerland. What fun!

Carsten says …

I love the Latin Jazz compilation. Great for listening and even dancing.

Julia M. says …

Samba!

Margaret Constance says …

I learned to cha-cha in my teen-aged dance club in the early 70s. We even had dance cards! I love my Putamayo India CD - I know I would love their latin CDs.

Aimee says …

Salsa and Bossa Nova get me back in the groove!

Carol Pietro says …

I lived in Panama for two years and loved just turning on the radio to listen to all the variety of sounds. I stopped listening to American music altogether during that time knowing I might not ever get the chance to hear those sounds again. I still don't have a favorite style but I enjoy NPR's Alt Latino very much for that same sense of variety and passion.

Amy Bielawski says …

I love cuban because it reminds me of Miami and lots of Spanish Flamenco music, since I am a dancer and have had many classes with all of that kind of music.

Catherine says …

My favorite Latin music and dance is salsa (in other words, Mambo) and after that, cha cha, bolero and bachata. My husband has taught our two daughters how to dance salsa and other Latin dances and so now, our entire family loves all kinds of Latin music. Latin music is infectious! It's enriched our lives tremendously. It's great fun and we love the music, especially music from Putumayo. They've got great selections to just listen to at home or dance with your friends at a party!!

Misty says …

We have the Putumayo Kids animal songs and my kids love it!

Kip says …

We love Putomayo at our preschool and these would be an awesome addition.

Barb says …

I love the music of Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente. Not sure what the style is called, but love those drums! They get you going and keep you moving. When I lived in NYC I used to see them and other great mucis at the Blue Note; like Tania Maria and Michelle Camillo. Wow, that was fun!

kate says …

I love Putumayo's music! In the area of Latin music, I currently have two salsa CDs from them but I would love to hear more from various styles. Rumba, Mambo, and Cha Cha Cha would be great!

Barbara Kirch says …

I would love to win this collection! I like rumba, mambo, and cha cha cha!

Jessica Heinz says …

Shake Rattle and roll, great dancing music !

Debbie says …

I don't really know the names of the types of Latin music. I do know that I like the music of Tito Puente, which I believe is along the lines of Jazz !! I just like being introduced to new types of music and Putumayo Records is great at doing that. Love the music they have introduced me to so far !!

Carla Akalarian says …

When I was a girl, my mother would put on Xavier Cougat and cha cha cha around the living room. Much later in my life, I took up ballroom and latin dancing and the cha cha cha has always been my favorite!

Julie Drevenkar says …

I love the smooth beats of Brazilian music, but I also love the up-beat latin music like the Gypsy Kings. My husband from Venezuela has introdused me to all kinds of latin music.

Mary Beth Jones says …

I love latin love songs, crooned by a handsome young man. I also Love mariachi music, gets my toes tapping!

Ann says …

I would love to blast this music while driving in to Whole Foods, my fav place to shop!!!!

John says …

I am just learning

nik says …

I love Brazilian Percussion, especially if it features the fabulous cuica!

david dyson says …

Tito Puente reigns as the King of Latin music! I met him in 1980--my band warmed up his at the Montreux Switzerland Jazz Fest-Alfredo De la Fe was his violinist

Dawn Lotshaw says …

Rumba is our favorite! My husband and I started ballroom dance lessons 1 1/2 years ago, and go faithfully every week. We consider it our date night, and have had a blast! Best "marriage counseling" ever! We've learned several Latin dances--Swing, Cha-Cha, and Rumba, but we've really taken to Rumba. We've been looking for CD's to be able to practice our dances at home with, so this would be perfect!

Stephanie V. says …

salsa and rumba

L Ulan says …

Rumba! No doubt one of the sexiest music styles ever!

Claudia Rodriguez says …

Putomayo's latin music collection will help me live up to my married name's nationality! I need all the help I can get.

Mike LaFerney says …

Pasillo is a genre of indigenous Latin music. It is extremely popular in Ecuador, where it is the "national genre of music." Pasillo as a genre is also present in the mountainous regions of Colombia, Panama and Venezuela. In its waltz, pasillo alters the classically European dance form to accompany guitar, mandolin, and other string instruments.

serena says …

Tango! Nuevo Tango! and any other Latin music. You just can't sit still. It's music that is universal. Everybody Mambo!!!

Shawn says …

I enjoy all Latin music styles. They are fun and upbeat! Right now I am particularly fond of Cha Cha Cha.

Shenandoah says …

cha cha cha, of course!

Robin Portle says …

Love all Latin...makes me dance outside and in.

Mary K. says …

I love the chacha. It's good exercise and lots of fun!!

katie says …

Mambo

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