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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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Lilly says …

I so enjoy Putumayo International music. First time I heard their music was in French at a little boutique store in Aptos,Ca. over their loud speakers. Had to find out who, what, where and how... have enjoyed their music ever since. Growing up with Latin music I have no preference it's HOT, energetic, romantic and tragic. I love the way the different international artist perform a song. Gracias for the entertainment!

TinaB says …

OH, I love Brazilian bassa nova! It's so romantic and makes me want to dance.

Rosie says …

Great for dancing in my living room

Juliana S. says …

Latin is just perfect for a quick pick-up. Just put it on and dance away. It's just the right thing to get you moving.

Jessica Loewer says …

My favorite Latin music style is Choro by far. My husband's a percussionist and when he plays the pandeiro it's just too much fun not to dance to! Samba and Rumba are great too. I sure love a house filled with loud music!

Jeannie Piekos says …

Arturo Sandoval is great. Grupo Fantasmo was amazing one year at ACL music festival. Anything Afro cuban!

Linda S. says …

I love Brazilian music--bossa nova was an old favorite, but I've rediscovered it, and appreciate it now more than ever.

Carol Wiley says …

My favorite Latin music is the fun music one hears in the town square, that is played by the local musicians.

Loree Sole' says …

All of the styles of Latin music are my favorite. I enjoy the energy, the love, the colours as the music dances and lifts my spirit. If one allows oneself, you can be transported and placed among a feast of sensual delights, close your eyes and listen!

Bonnie says …

I love the rhthym of Latin music. Just makes me get up outta that chair and move !! In the words of the immortal Sam Cooke: "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha"

Terry rutkowski says …

I love salsa! But will dance to any and all Latin musica!

Brianna Burrows says …

My 10th grade spanish teacher last year spent time with us teaching latin dancing and music appreciatation. I LOVE all of the Latin music, and would love to give those CDs a nice home :-)

Melissa says …

I'm from San Antonio, TX, so I grew up around all sorts of Mexican music,dancing, abd mariachi bands. I love it all! And when I hear it, I feel like I'm home.

Heidi Newman says …

I've been doing Latin dancing, mostly salsa and merengue, for 25 years. Life without Latin music would be torment for me. I don't own any of these collections and would love to play them for my upcoming parties. Baila!

Melissa K. says …

My favorite Latin Music style is Mambo!I have many Putamaya recordings-I love how they capture all kinds of world music in their recordings.

Joan says …

I used a free sample of the music for my Pilates class and would really like this set!!! The students in the class raved about it, so unique and fun! Thank you for the opportunity!

Laura says …

My favorite Latin style is Salsa music.

SARAH says …

I AM A DANCE INSTRUCTOR AND I HAVE MY CLASS DANCING TO LATIN MUSIC, NOT ONLY FOR PLEASURE OF MOVING AND SWAYING TO LATIN MUSIC, BUT ALSO FOR EXERCISING TO FAST LATIN COMING DOWN TO SLOW BUT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. TO LISTEN, TO DANCE THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT IS WORTH HAVING FOR JUST PLEASURE LIKE LATIN MUSIC. LATIN MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL, NO MATTER WHO IS SINGING OR PLAYING THE MUSIC. I WOULD BE SO PROUD TO HAVE THESE SONGS FOR MY LATIN DANCING CLASSES AND FOR JUST PLEASURE.

angie h says …

samba and salsa...they are both so expressive and full of energy. this collection would would be wonderful to share with family and friends. or, to simply throw on while alone and feeling spunky!

Ali says …

I love the Putumayo World Music collections--my favorite is Brasileiro! Can't wait to hear Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha!

Laurel Clark says …

I adore Putumayo cds and I adore Latin music--perfect match! I have no clue as to what my favorite Latin music style would be--I'm not that savvy. I just love the rhythm and spicy feel. It's great to listen to on a cloudy day--quick pick-me-up!

Yvonne says …

Hi, I love me some Mambo and Cha Cha Cha. I love to dance and the first ballroom style I learned was salsa. It took me 20 years to convince my husband to take dance lessons with me and now his favorite is salsa.

Jody says …

Rumba! Reumba is great because it represents a perfect fusion of Spanish and Latin American dance styles. The music is fun, and less intimidating- almost anyone loves to dance to it!

Risa Jacobson says …

Love to cha cha cha!

Kristen says …

I took a few salsa dancing lessons and really enjoyed it, so I think Salsa would be my favorite.

Karen says …

I like latin guitar music. A good mariachi band is okay with me as well. I like to play latin pieces with lots of percussion and syncopated beats!

Lisa Ormsbee says …

Just love Latin music. Makes me smile whenever I hear it!

Stephanie says …

Salsa...

Christina Mastin says …

Salsa, I love Salsa.

Jerry says …

I love Latin music. It always makes me want to dance. I just feel happier when I hear it. You can't help it!

Kathleen says …

I don't have a favorite - yet! I don't own any latin music but have always wanted to. I love to dance and hope to put latin in my repetoire.

Melanie Sternemann says …

I love the cha cha...1...2...cha cha cha!!!!!! =)

Wende says …

love the latin music and find it perfect for: dancing, cleaning house, exercising, music for parties....the list goes on and on!!!

Ana Rubenstein says …

I am from Brazil and I teach Zumba in Tampa Bay area. With this profile everybody can figure how much I love Latin Music, right?! My favorite style is Cha Cha. If I get this CD my students will be happy because will create fun routines to them. I can not wait to listen to it.

MK IN PGH says …

My ABSOLUTE favorite Latin music style is salsa, but I also love all types of older, classic latin music that came before salsa, and contribute to what we know as salsa today. Even though I am not of latin decent, I fell in love with the latin rhythms many years ago...I love to dance to salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, and bachata. It's music that is good for the soul!! Thank you, Putumayo, for making these rhythms available for the world to enjoy.

ray gunn says …

I like it all but my favorite is Latin jazz especially things like the Buena Vista Social Club but Santana and the Gypsy Kings are great listening.

Amy says …

This would be a great way to get up and get motivated! I don't care where you are, and you hear this kind of music, it is always motivating and inspiring! :)

Richard Weisskopf says …

I defy you to remain still with Latin Music! Can't be done!!

charlene says …

don't have one, but this could point me in a latin direction.

Michele says …

I love the merengue because it's one of the latin dances that my husband does very well!

Gloria B says …

Santana in mellow mode always lets me feel wonderful.

Sharon says …

Love all the Latin songs! Have actually been borrowing them from the library....would love to own them!

Beverly Fradis says …

My favorite Latin music style is reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club because it reminds me of the wonderful film with the same name.

Elena says …

My partner and i have just started taking Latin dance classes! We've learned Rumba, Salsa (one of my favorites :), Cha Cha, and have moved to private lessons in order to improve and be ready to wow our friends :) We're always practicing and he's continually learning to pick up the different beats in songs... We'd love to have a cd set to expand our beat library!!

Laurie says …

Salsa!! I like them all :)

Barbara Bibel says …

It's hard to pick a favorite. I heard some fabulous music when I went to Cuba three years ago. I also love Sephardic music.

Kris T. says …

We have several Putumayo’s Latin Collection CD and enjoy listening to them at home and in the car. The music coming from Cuba is inspiring and invigorating. That it comes from musicians who have lived far too long in a repressed society is a testament to the vitality of the people and their culture.

Tiffany says …

Salsa!

Sheila says …

It is immpossible not to feel happy when listening to rumba, mambo and cha cha cha music. Great mood lifters!

Renee says …

Salsa because that's the dance that my husband learned with me when we were dating. My kids absolutely love to dance with us now. Dance can & should be a family thing!

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