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World “Cup” Music

By Dan Storper, June 4, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper
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.




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!!
06/10/2010 9:12:14 AM CDT
Jennifer Dozier says ...
I will invite friends over and have pizza and wine with South African music playing in the background.
06/10/2010 8:07:41 AM CDT
Marianne says ...
I love Putumayo music Cd's and can't wait to hear the rest of this one.
06/10/2010 8:39:22 AM CDT
Nancy McKee-Huntt says ...
Love Soccer and REALLY love this song..thanks for sharing with your Whole Foods Fans :)
06/12/2010 2:10:04 PM CDT
zuri egbuji says ...
at home with socer playing west african hubby on the couch
06/10/2010 12:05:24 AM CDT
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!
06/17/2010 11:14:20 PM CDT
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.
06/13/2010 4:35:07 PM CDT
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.
06/13/2010 7:19:24 PM CDT
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!
06/13/2010 8:24:03 AM CDT
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
06/13/2010 11:16:54 AM CDT
Staffaction says ...
Celebrate with friends and nachos!
06/13/2010 1:49:49 PM CDT
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!
06/11/2010 6:10:14 PM CDT
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
06/12/2010 8:53:56 AM CDT
Miki says ...
I loooove these CDs! I would love to win the set. I don't watch World Cup though. :(
06/12/2010 11:49:33 PM CDT
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!
06/14/2010 7:59:05 PM CDT
Sandy says ...
Delightful!! Upbeat
06/16/2010 10:25:52 PM CDT
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 :)
06/16/2010 6:57:14 PM CDT
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!!
06/16/2010 6:34:47 PM CDT
Mary Royer says ...
I love international music and it has a pleasant rhythm, easy on the ears.
06/17/2010 2:21:38 PM CDT
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.
06/10/2010 3:22:21 AM CDT
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.
06/14/2010 6:03:41 PM CDT
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!!!!
06/15/2010 7:30:58 AM CDT
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.
06/14/2010 4:48:53 PM CDT
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!
06/14/2010 11:18:07 PM CDT
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!!!
06/15/2010 9:56:51 AM CDT