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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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Donna Gale says …

I love all Latin music types. When I hear Latin music I can't just sit. I have to get up and dance. It gets in my blood and travels to my soul! I love to Mambo, ChaCha, Rumba, Cumbia, Meringe, Tango and Flamenco! I love Mariachi music too! Boy would I be a happy girl if I won 12 CD's of Latin music. I would never stop dancing!!!!!!

Donna Mae says …

I just love to listen to cultural music from all over the world. It is good for the soul and to be able to dance to the beats is a great thing as it can benefit physical health to stay active and get the blood circulating. Some music are everlasting for generations and is great to pass on down to newer generations with appreciation for good music. Having good beats can get you going for well being. It is hard to find this on the radio to listen to it from time to time and having CDs is a great way to upload to an MP3 or Ipod so you can listen away from home. I can't wait to see who wins so good luck all.

Erika says …

Anything I can dance to, and that means just about anything Latin!

Sonnia Moran says …

I grew up seeing my mom and dad dance Mambo in a way that people made a circle around them just to watch them. I am a child of the 50"s growing up in Ecuador. My parents were great dancers. I love the music but I never learned how to dance it. I am now taking Salsa lessons at Batista Studios in Hackensack,NJ. It's so much fun. I don't know what took me so long to start learning how to dance this music that uplifts your spirit, puts you in a good mood and helps your waistline! Since I started dancing I have seen several pounds disappear and I feel more fit. Latin rhythms make you move even without you noticing it. They simply put a smile on your face and you are ready to start your own FIESTA! (PARTY). A 12-CD collection of Latin series will be a great addition to my collection.

John Riordan says …

Latin music is cool. It is so easy to move to. Thanks to Putumayo for all the great music they put out.

Neil says …

Latin music is in my blood. When I hear it, I have to move as my heart stirs, striving to match the rhythms with its beats. Music from across the Latin world is exciting and emotional. It takes but one listen and you are hooked.

Lenore Bensinger says …

Ay Caramba. To go to whole foods, get tortillas, and chiles, and all the fixings for my latin feast and then to enjoy them to the Putomayo rhythm. Heaven on earth.!

leslie debbas says …

My favorite Latin dance style is the cha cha cha...it's as much fun to say as it is to do!!

danielle says …

Any style! After spending New Year's Eve in my husband's home town of Cumana, Venezuela 3 years ago, I learned to love all the latin music I heard. It wasn't important how you danced, it was that you felt and moved to the music in any way that felt right to you. I would love to recreate that experience for my family here in the US-even if it means just dancing in the kitchen while cooking dinner.

Sandy says …

Rumba is Rockin!

Mary Ann D says …

When I was a little girl, my father always taught me the Cha Cha Cha. So that is still my favorite!

Phoenix says …

I love all kinds of Latin music, but Mamba is particularly joyous. Putumayo always puts together great samplers, so thanks for the giveaway!

Halona says …

My favorite Latin music is salsa. Besides liking most all types of music Latin music is one of my favorite. Living in Miami for over 20 years when I was younger I got to hear alot of Latin music. I also love to dance and and latin music has a great beat and its up lifting for me. Halona, From Florida

Christine says …

Mamba!

B Deans says …

Latin music really bumps up the spirit in the room no matter what you are doing. My family puts on Latin music when we're playing board games around the table or when making our favorite meal--fajitas!

Stacy says …

I'm starting to get into dance and started learning swing and would love to learn Latin dance! All I know so far is Salsa (and the Cha Cha slide, if that counts)

Leslie says …

I hate to admit that I am not familiar enough with Latin music to name a style. Most of what I have heard is driving through Miami or the small amount of Reggae you can hear in New England. I love what I have heard so it would be great to win your set to spread my wings and learn more about Latin music.

Scott Morris says …

Even if you can't dance, the beat of this music will have you up and dancing!!

Cathy says …

Without a doubt salsa! It gets you moving and grooving and puts me in a great mood, especially when I hear the songs of Hector Lavoe!

carrie says …

Salsa

Romina Quillin says …

I'm a fan of Tango, Samba, Salsa, Mambo and old songs (boleros) that my parents and grandparents used to listen to. I grew up in Argentina and I've been living in the States for so many years, listening to latin music reminds me of why I'm here, why I miss my birth country and why I appreciate my culture so much!

Rebecca Pries says …

I understand Mr. Storper's parents' love of Latin styles of music. I have had a similar experience. I fell in love with the music and culture when I went to Cuba when I was 19 years old. I am now fluent in Spanish and have learned to dance all types of latin dancing. I love it so much, I continued dancing with my husband until I was 8 mo pregnant. My twins are now 4 mo old, and they love it too. I hold both of them every afternoon and we dance to the Putumayo Latin Playgound CD. Even if they are upset or tired, this is guaranteed to make them smile.

Nance says …

I prefer to listen to music that makes me feel good and the type of music changes with the day, the weather, the circumstances that are effecting me at the time. PUTOMAYO probably produces a CD that will work for every mood! I play yoga/meditation music while driving in rush hour traffic so that the road rage that surrounds me, doesn't get me wound up: I play Caribbean/Latino music to get energized and smile - it helps to do the housework or convince me that I'm on vacation as I paddle around the swimming pool on the weekend: I play Italian or French or Indian music to compliment the dinner I have prepared that evening. The beauty of music is that it CAN sooth the savage beast in all of us, or make us come alive. Cheers!

Rebecca Pries says …

I first fell in love with the music, culture, and dancing when I went to Cuba when I was 19. I love it so much, I continued dancing with my husband until I was 8 mo pregnant. My twins are now 4 mo old, and they love it too. I hold both of them every afternoon and we dance to the Putumayo Latin Playgound CD. Even if they are upset or tired, this is guaranteed to make them smile.

Courtney says …

I love traditional Cuban music... Buena Vista Social Club! "Chan Chan" is my favorite. :)

Sarah Curtis says …

My favorite Latin music style is Cumbia !! Te amoooo!!!!

paul laufer says …

I work with many Spanish people from all over the world. We all enjoy Mambo music while at work.

Karlene Joseph says …

Flamenco!!!!

Teresa says …

Flamenco!

Ron Givens says …

My favorite style is banda music, from Sinaloa in Mexico. Big bands that include brass, woodwinds and sometimes accordions. I am surprised that I like this so much, because my parents adored American big bands of the 1930s and 1940s that I thought were corny and lame. But these big bands rock! A lot of the rhythmic punch comes from -- wait for it -- tubas! The horn sections just blast away on the choruses! This is Mexican music on instrumental steroids!

LAURA VAZQUEZ says …

PUTOMAYO MAKES WONDERFULL MUSIC WITH DIFFERENTS RYTHMS!!I LOVE TO DANCE, LATIN MUSIC IT'S MY PASSION.

Alison says …

Putumayo makes me feel alive! :)

Laurie says …

My family and I just returned from a vaction in Mexico and the vibe there was electric! Just as this music collection that I would love to have for my home enjoyment! Its like a vaction in itself!

Michele says …

Love the music from the Dominican Republic!

Kim says …

Just took my first Zumba class and fell in love with the Latin music - can't wait to introduce it to my kids!

Ron Lane says …

A mí me encanta la música latina, en toda su variedad, pero la que más me gusta es el tango. Luego vendrían los boleros, la rumba, la samba, y hasta las rancheras y los mariachis. Tengo tal vez una docena de los disquitos de Putumayo (incluyendo uno de tango de cualquier país menos la Argentina), y claro que sí me gustaría otra docena.

Anabella says …

Favorite latin music style is from salsa to samba.

Tirumala says …

Rumba is really great music, as it is a good exercise for the body too. Thanks.

shawna says …

I love all Latin music and rhythms so I cannot pick a favorite!Although, I love Celia Cruz!

Amy Doza says …

Cumbia!!!

Erika says …

Ahhh, Latin music. My family and I love it, especially because my husbands side of the family are all originally from Argentina and listening to music during dinner parties and celebrations really being them back to their roots. Nothing sounds better on a warm night, feeling the breeze in our face, relaxing on our deck, and hearing Latin American music softly play on the radio. That makes for one awesome weekend!

Kris Anderson says …

Have danced around the floor to many latin genres: mambo, samba, cha cha, etc. No favorite, just seeking that infectious rhythm.

Jacqueline Spiller says …

The spirit of latin music is one the reminds to me to get up and dance and not take life too seriously. My favorite is the Samba because of the passion it evokes.

Justin Marino says …

Latin music is much better than some other types of music.

Laura says …

I really enjoy listening & dancing to salsa. It's very easy to pick out the rhythm that you move to. I can't seem to help but dance when I hear it!

ak silman says …

Putumayo!

Estelle Harris says …

I love Bossa Nova!

Kelly says …

I love Putumayo's series - this one I do not have..would love to add to collection:-) Listening to their music makes me feel like I am on vacation and I do LOVE that feeling

Jennifer says …

Any Latin music that you can Zumba to!

Rose Ann says …

Grew up doing the Cha Cha Cha!!! Timeless!!!! Everyone can d!!!!!

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