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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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Lauren says …

Putomayo has the best International sounds! I look forward to dancing the Rumba, Mambo & the Cha Cha Cha with my sweetie!

Bob Zeif says …

1920's / 30's Cuban music

Debbie Cauble says …

Well, it's all good, but if I have to pick a fave I'll pick cumbia. Love to hear Cesar Rosas of my favorite band - Los Lobos - sing a cumbia and see the peeps of all ages dancing at outdoor concerts.

Zaza says …

HOW TO CHOOSE?!?! I love all the genres of Latin music! From the romantic Rumba, the Cuban big bands, the intense Tango, the fun salsa, and even the "hip pop" bachata. I love them all!!! Latin music takes me to nostalgique memories. It also energies me, makes me dance and dance... Great job to Putumayo World Music! I have lived in different continents during my life and some how Putumayo Music has been the faithful companion that makes me feel home wherever I am.

Debbie Cauble says …

Forgot to mention that I bought the Putumayo SALSA! CD last month and it has accompanied me on many car trips and made me smile and wiggle in the seat. :)

Amy says …

I love Salsa music but enjoy most all of the Latin sounds! I have had exposure to the culture and love its richness and vibrancy. What a wonderful gift!

G. Bienvenu says …

My favorite is style particularly for dance is Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, then Meringue. Dancing is great fun and a wonderful way to stay fit both physically and mentally.

Travis says …

I've always been fond of the cuban beats. There was a college station that play Cuban music on Sunday mornings. My friends and I would listen to the tart drumming and sharp horns as we cleaned the house (may be a bit hungover) after a smashing-good party the night before. A Putumayo 12 disc setup would make a fantastic birthday gift (5/5) Cha cha cha!

Myrra W. says …

I have great memories of dancing the samba in the streets of Salvador, Brasil, throughout the nights during Carnival. Samba beats always bring back those thoughts and images of smiling faces, bright colors, and the warm night air!

Rosa Hanckel says …

I love Putamayo's collections! But Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has very little to do with Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha.

Effie says …

I love all Latin music - it is great for dancing and inspirations.

Ben B. says …

I enjoy most Latin music. Some of my favorites are Bachata, Flamenco, Salsa, and Merengue. There may be some that I am not aware of and would like to learn about. The CD set being offered may be able to introduce me to new types of music I am unaware of! There are a lot of great musicians in the world and Putumayo seems to always find the best mix of them and create the perfect listening experience. Thank you to Whole Foods and Putumayo for making the world a better, more enjoyable place and for working together to spread the word.

Joan says …

Open to new artists and their music! Good music is always welcome to my ears.

Caroline B says …

Cha Cha is my favorite as this was the first dance my dad taught my cousins and me to dance in my grandparents basement. Anytime I hear this music, it reminds of a special moment in time with my father.

Steve H says …

Can't think of a better introduction to Latin music than this 12 CD collection. I am a Latin Music virgin.

Laura Palmer says …

I would like to know more about latin music. I love to dance and Cha Cha Cha is where it's at!!

Joseph Mitchell says …

I love the latin beat and the lively dances. The beat drives the soul to dance and the heart to sing. The music inspires one to live life to the fullest. My favorite is samba. Thank you for the chance to win! I would love it.

Yvonne says …

I love all Latin music! I also love dancing the rumba and cha cha! It is pure joy!!!

Anne says …

salsa! really anything que me hace mover!

Linda says …

I grew up in San Francisco and was apart of this music. When I hear it I still feel like I am there. It is full of soul and it takes me to a better place.

Jody says …

Cha Cha Cha what fun that would be.

Helen says …

I'm very fond of Flamenco Chill (Chambao, Ojos de Brujo) and Tango Chill (Bajofondo, The Gotan Project).

Mo says …

Samba!! I love all Latin music, and love that it is being incorporated more and more into other avenues, for example the movie 'Rio' - love the Latin flair in the movie's music! Latin music is a daily way of life here at our home!

Nancy Lewer says …

I like the Cha, cha, cha music because my little great granddaughter dances so cute when she hears this music. I love to watch her really "get into it" with her little arms and legs moving. It brings a real smile to my face seeing how much she enjoys the rhythmic beat!

Shelly G says …

I really like the "salsa"latin music style. Denver has quite the salsa dancing community. You can go salsa dancing any night of the week. In addition, the Rumba, mambo and cha cha cha are danced at these salsa clubs.

Mary Jewell says …

Definitely salsa music is my favorite. I also like anything by Tito Puente. Some bossa is also good.

Donna says …

I like the older Cuban style music - from the 50s mainly. I lived in Florida then and heard it regularly on the radio and TV. When many Cubans left after Castro came to power, the Cuban influence in Florida boomed. Music and dance were a big part of that. I learned the cha-cha as a teenager and music can bring the movement back instantly! Bueno Vista Social Club, movie and music, brought back the Cuban music I learned to love long ago.

Barbara says …

I like them all but I guess mambo would be my fave

Kim Carlson says …

We're studying Spanish, and would love to learn more about the culture!

Diane says …

Hola! I learned the cha cha as a preteen at Arthur Murray dance studios in NY in the early 60's; have been trying it to to teach my Bronx Irish husband for the past 39 years! Now that our daughter is engaged to a young man of Cuban heritage, we need this music to practice our dancing moves for the wedding...send us Putumayo's Latino Collection, please! Muchas gracias!

Clarisa says …

I love the sensuality and vibrancy of a good, fast-paced salsa. Something great to dance to, like Celia Cruz, brings the best memories to mind. Also, cumbia is great fun! There are so many great ideas and classics behind every genre of Latin music, but some of the best are the ones that all can enjoy - people are always brought together by fun, upbeat dance tunes.

Miguel says …

My top four without any specific order: Cuban salsa, Timba, Samba, and afro-peruvian music !

Iris says …

Bebel Gilberto is wonderful!

James Hanna says …

I love Ricky and Lucy. Turned my life as a kid to love latin musice. Maybe they were right, TV does influence.

Sharon Trompeter says …

Me encanta todo la musica latina incluyendo mambo, cumbia, mariachi, samba, salsa, y cha cha cha. Especialemente, me gusta la musica del mundo de Putamayo. Estoy tan feliz que tienen más musica nueva. I love all Latin music including mambo, cumbia, mariachi, samba, salsa, and cha cha cha. I especially like the world music from Putamayo. I am so happy that they have more new music.

Susan Hackman says …

cha-cha

Toni says …

Believe it or not, my 18 month old introduced me to Putamayo’s music through his play group and we love it! While we only have several of Putamayo's children's playground series, I find myself dancing to the music when it's playing. Latin music makes me want to get up and dance anyway, we would love to have Putamayo's Latin collection, the music is so much fun and full of energy.

Sophia says …

Raised by professional classical musicians, this music was BANNED in the home I grew up in, but I couldn't stop myself. I HAD to dance to it, especially the Mambo, and it got me in a lot of trouble. It still does, now at age 50... (This CD collection is a dream come true. My parents are long gone!)

Paul Tamaro says …

I really enjoy Ibrahim Ferrer. In particular, "Boliviana" (Buenos Hermanos) and "Que Bueno Baila Usted" (Buena Vista Social Club). His voice is delightful, his style and the way he sings is fantastic. And of course, Buena Vista Social Club. The entire band is amazing. One of my all-time favorites for years. I thinks it's just about impossible to for anyone to keep from tapping their feet or keep themselves from dancing to the percussion and playfully rolling bass-line... the bright brass, dissonant piano key changes are irresistible. I gotta go listen now, thanks :D

Scott says …

I rock the Samba!!! 1. Samba 2. Bosa Nova 3. Salsa

Rhea Angle says …

My favorite is Rumba; specifically Besame Mucho is one of my favorite rumbas, slow and sexy. I've been a social ballroom dancer for 15 years and plan on dancing until the day I dance to heaven. I would love to hear this CD set as I collect ballroom music, and mostly Latin which I adore. Latin dancing puts the spice in ballroom and it really does make you happy! If you hit a dance floor in a grouchy mood, a little Chili Cha-Cha will have you smiling in spite of yourself and that bad mood is plain gone. Thanks for popularizing Latin and the great '50s styles; we need more music like this - Cha-Cha-Cha from Tucson where lots of us Dance-Dance-Dance!

lara says …

i love the gipsy kings!

Roxann Dzur says …

I love Putumayo's music.

Jan says …

You can clean a house fast Latin music blaring. Makes you feel the steamy nights and breathing hard from dancing the night away! If this music doesn't move you...well, too bad for you.

Marianna says …

My favorite Latin music style is Latin-Jazz!

Sherry Ann Abrams says …

The drama and serious edge of Tango music is what I love the most! It has a passionate tempo and exciting beat.Tango is a dance I would love to learn to perform. Followed by some Latin delicacies from Whole Foods; of course!

Julie says …

I really like the Gypsy Kings and Buena Vista Social Club. Anything that makes me want to dance!

Lisa Schwinghammer says …

Mambo #5 is one of my all-time favorite songs, and the best dancing i've ever done was when i lived in Mexico and i just followed my partner, dancing salsa. What fun!!

Marilyn T says …

My favorite type of Latin music right now is Reggaeton. But I also really like Cumbias. I'd been looking for a long time to find new music and Latin is it!!!

Julie says …

I do ZUMBA several time a week ... I love Latin music ;0)

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