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World “Cup” Music

Congratulations to Sarah from Miami for being randomly chosen as the winner of the African CD collection!
Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. With the opening of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa on June 10th, the first on African soil, a new milestone will have been achieved in this country’s remarkable journey. Until 20 years ago, South Africa, with its apartheid policies, was a pariah isolated from the rest of the world. Over the past 20 years, with Nelson Mandela’s moral leadership and intense desire for reconciliation, true democracy for all of its citizens and economic revival, South Africa has become Africa’s leading success story. (Read on for a chance to win some Putumayo CDs.) South Africa’s music has long had an extraordinary impact on the world’s music. In the 1950s, South African Solomon Linda’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” became a worldwide hit. In the 1960s, Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata” and Hugh Masakela’s “Grazin in the Grass” became top 10 hits around the world. Ladysmith Black Mambazo and South African musical styles provided the foundation of Paul Simon’s album Graceland. The Lion King and other Broadway shows and Hollywood films put South Africa front and center in the 1990s and beyond. Putumayo’s South Africa CD celebrates the best of South Africa’s extraordinary musical diversity, from Afro-jazz and township jive to mbaqanga and Afropop. The album features legends like Miriam Makeba, rising stars such as Phinda and Nibs van der Spuy and closes with the rousing a capella Soweto Gospel Choir. It also includes a recipe for a vegetarian version of a classic South African dish, Lentil Bobotie, contributed by leading South African chef Amos Diamini. A portion of the proceeds benefits Artists for a New South Africa and their work to advance human rights, combat HIV/AIDS, help children orphaned by the disease and educate and empower youth. Available for free download here, Bholoja’s “Mbombela” is an example of the emerging African singer-songwriter movement. Dividing his time between neighboring Swaziland and South Africa, Bholoja sings this song in SiSwati, one of the 11 official South African languages. Enjoy! Note: you can simply listen online using the player below, or you can “right click” to download the mp3 file.

You can pick up Putumayo’s South Africa in our stores now. How will you be celebrating the World Cup? With music maybe? Let us know in a comment below by June 23rd and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a five CD Putumayo Africa collection.

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Maria Roberts says …

Ever since GRACELAND,and the movie INVICTUS,I cannot listen to this beautiful music without smiling,dancing(even in my car)and feeling HAPPY!!The joy and rhythm of this country,the soul of its people,makes me long to be with them and seek peace in this world above all else.The music says:"Love each other"and every note reminds me to never stop trying.World Cup/day or night,will be so exciting with this music playing in between my favorite teams efforts!!

Jennifer Dozier says …

I will invite friends over and have pizza and wine with South African music playing in the background.

Marianne says …

I love Putumayo music Cd's and can't wait to hear the rest of this one.

Nancy McKee-Huntt says …

Love Soccer and REALLY love this song..thanks for sharing with your Whole Foods Fans :)

zuri egbuji says …

at home with socer playing west african hubby on the couch

Shelley says …

I think the World Cup is one of the neatest sporting events that exist. It is applicable and unites the world like no other sport. So fun to hear comments from around the world about the games. But most importantly, I love all of the Putumayo World Music, we own many of the cds and would love to own this set. Crossing my fingers!

rinchen says …

I love Putamayo and their efforts to introduce us all to music from around the world. (I think I wore out the Islands cd I played it so much.) Often it is the use of musical instruments that are not even known to the average American listener that makes the sounds different. (I love the kora.) I don't care if I don't understand the words it is everything else that makes it special. thanks for the free download.

Don Luke says …

Very easy music to listen to. The music you hear from the broadcast of the World Cup is very raucous. Germany looked very good today. The Black African nations are doing very well so far. I think this is the first time nations of the world have come to Africa for such an event. It was great to see South Africa come away with a tie on Friday. I found all the comments to be very interesting.

Veggiechiliqueen says …

I'm a huge fan of international music; I own many Putumayo CDs and rotate them on a regular basis. I've loved African music since childhood, and this clip of Bholoja’s “Mbombela” is beautiful. I'm also a football fan (I used to live down the street from Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium), and my students and I watched part of the first World Cup match together on Friday. I don't have TV at home, but I love the World Cup spirit and will definitely be listening to my Putumayo collection while whipping up some international vegetarian cuisine in honour of the occasion!

annette carter says …

i am so excited about the fifa world cup as well as the opportunity for my children to see and experience the sounds, music, and festivies in south africa. this is great and already my children are seeing a place they have never seen before and are apart of history. my daughter is not a sports person but when usa and england played yesterday, i couldn't get her from in front of the televison. now my children want to go to south africa

Staffaction says …

Celebrate with friends and nachos!

Beka says …

I love love love all of the exotic wonderful music that putumayo offers. I have many of their cd's and am always looking to expand my collection. Great download!

Ann says …

We'll celebrate Fathers Day with a World Cup party for the entire family: menu baed on South African foods; multi-cultural/multi-national penants; and of course, Putumayo's South Africa! My birthday and a couple of anniversaries will also be thrown in--a grand time for everyone! Ann Byrne

Miki says …

I loooove these CDs! I would love to win the set. I don't watch World Cup though. :(

Marie says …

I do not expect anything less from a Putumayo collection. This is definately a must-have to my collection. This piece makes me want to put on a white flowing dress and dance on the beach... Amen!

Sandy says …

Delightful!! Upbeat

Sam says …

I love watching the World Cup with my kids -- like Putumayo's music collections, it reminds of how much more there is to the world. We're celebrating today with watermelon :)

Jenna C. says …

I love World Cup soccer! I am so happy that a South African scored the first goal of the tournament. I have many favorite teams, from United States, Brazil, South Africa, Netherlands. We will play all sorts of music in honor of the matches. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Mary Royer says …

I love international music and it has a pleasant rhythm, easy on the ears.

Agung Wasakito says …

I hope that fifa is smart enough to unite South Africa & Africa to come facing the world to say: "Now I'm here too". I'm sure this event will succeed when nobody left behind and to sing together.

Magdalena Kaminski says …

Love the World Cup. I am watching the matches with random fans from all over the world at an Italian coffee house.

Sergio Rueda says …

I will be taking days off to watch the matches either at my home with my friends or in public places with people of the different teams playing!! Dancing, drinking and eating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Mexico!!! Go Brasil!!! Go USA!!!!! Go WORLD!!!!

Mufaro Nyachoto says …

I will be celebrating World Cup by watching as many games as I can with family and any friends who want to come on by. Maybe I'll try my hand at making some basics from Zimbabwe - turn out perfect when my father makes it but mine not so good.

Mildred Louidor says …

I am celebrating by listening to great music and cheering with family & friends! I love music and think it is a universal language that has the power to bring peace and unity!

Lynn says …

Never really been into soccer before but I'm excited about the World Cup activities (really stoked about the US/England tie--GO US)! I would love to win the Putumayo Africa collection. I love the sample song and believe the collection would be the perfect music for entertaining and outdoor parties. SWEET!!!

Donna Antonio says …

Play the vuvuzela iPHone app while watching the teams I'm rooting for: USA & Brazil! :) I have a variety of Putumayo music already, but only one "African" theme - which is African Playground which I purchased for my 4-yr old son who is now also a World Cup fan. So we play this music very often during our errand runs! Love the spirit of the World Cup! Love WHole Foods of course!!

Laura Brewer says …

I am very excited about the World Cup and am getting together with friends to watch the games regularly! I hope that my city (Nashville) gets picked to host the World Cup Games as we are in the running for the future - I would love to receive these CD's to play in my Classroom as I am an ESL teacher with many African Students!

kathy says …

By watching the games, of course!

Christine says …

Celebrating with family and friends. My husband is from Chile, and his whole family is so excited that they are in the World Cup once again!! My family is of German descent, they have always been my world cup team, with the USA a close second. The World Cup is a wonderful global celebration of so many different nations and something we all have in common - soccer (futbol!)

Debbie Jones says …

We will watch the game on TV and eat some homemade popcorn.

kate says …

I will celebrate by watching highlights of games

Valerie says …

I've been watching the World Cup soccer games on ESPN, it's fun to see all the international fans for the WC event. The South African theme music selected for the games represents South Africa in a beautiful way. I also really liked to see the soccer teams with the "end racism banners", another good theme for international games. Sports and music are a like an international language.

Paula Tasch says …

I am both a fan of international music and football. The World Cup is an exciting experience and I'm especially enjoying learning more about South Africa and the culture there through the coverage of the games.

Heidi Sickert says …

We LOVE soccer and international music. It really gets me and the kids dancing and brightens our day (which is important since we've had almost 30 days of rain and it's the middle of June!) Thanks for the free download!!

angie says …

I am not a sports fan, but I love international music and play it every chance I get! I would love to win this set! Even though I won't be watching the game or participating in anything like that, I will be playing music and thanks SO much for the free download! LOVED it!

scott says …

ooo I really like this song! Def going to download it! I love the whole Putumayo collection of music and already own many of their CDs but NONE of the African ones! Would really make my day to win this awesome set! I do not watch sports on TV at all though, so I will not be doing anything to celebrate this event! Sorry! Hope this still counts!

Ann Marie says …

Lovely so much rhythm. Perfect for World Cup Celebrations feels like I'm right there in South Africa Will definitely be celebrating with food and music from all the participating countries. "So wave your flag, Oooohhh, Oooooooooh wooooohh "

Rachel says …

I can't wait for the world cup to start! I'm planning on cooking the food of the country I'm rooting for at each match that I watch. Adds a bit more fun to the whole thing. I would love to listen to putamayo cds while I cook and after the game with my friends to hopefully celebrate our team's victory!

Devdas Patel says …

We LOVE the world cup. We'll be celebrating every day with food, dun and friends. And, yes, music will be part of it. Generally though, we'll be glued to the TV cheering on our favorite teams (USA all the way!).

Anna says …

I'm not a football (as in soccer) fan, but I love world music! I'd celebrate the World Cup listening to my African collection. I have two Angelique Kidjo albums, one by Kotoja (one of the first Putumayo albums), some Tinariwen (Malian blues rock) and Oliver Mtukudzi (from Zimbabwe). To celebrate the World Cup in South Africa, I'd celebrate with some African recipes from Marcus Samuelsson's "Discovery of a Continent" or Troth Wells' "World in Your Kitchen." South African bredie is a great vegetarian bean stew with potatoes, tomatoes, wine, and raisins. Of course, Samuelsson has celebratory dishes like chicken marinaded in rooibos tea or a spicy Mozambique fish stew. I'd be celebrating Africa!

rebecca says …

What a great music collection. Fabulous exposure for my kids and myself.

Georgia says …

What a lovely song! A great way to usher in the World Cup.

mary says …

Really liked the music. Going to stop by Whole Foods to take a look at the other albums. Plan on playing for my kids as we get ready to watch the World Cup.

Amanda Jean Glick says …

My husband keeps me informed of the changes in status and the scores. I have not been fortunate enough to watch a match yet. I've been working too much! I plan to go to a local bar that features the matches with my husband soon and we shall wine n dine and dance to the music at the pub... all while watching the world cup!

Forrest Quinn Glick says …

I will be celebrating with libation and musica! Go Ghana

Beth says …

My husband and I volunteered for 2 months in a township in South Africa in 2005. I'm celebrating the World Cup with some rooibos tea and wearing the jewelry I brought there. Thanks for the free download!

Bob says …

This is a great selection! I will pick one up next time I am in the store. Putumayo always puts together great collections! Based on the free download sample the rest of the CD is a sure bet and a very big GOAL ! Thanks. Bob

shar says …

we cannot wait for the world cup in our house!! huge soccer fans.. we will be playing world music, one of my fav genres...love this song and would love to win this, Putamayo cds are my favorites.. this would be sooo cool to win!!

Nicki says …

I will be celebrating by listening to great music and cheering on my top three teams: England, USA and Italy.

Amber says …

celebrating? i'm not a sports fan to being with, but even if i was...no, i'll be mourning for the animals that were ritually sacrificed to "bless" the stadium and events in the name of silly superstition.

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