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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.




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!
06/04/2010 7:24:10 AM CDT
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!
06/04/2010 7:25:39 AM CDT
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!
06/04/2010 9:04:15 AM CDT
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!).
06/04/2010 10:45:21 AM CDT
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!
06/04/2010 11:00:26 AM CDT
Georgia says ...
What a lovely song! A great way to usher in the World Cup.
06/04/2010 11:19:02 PM CDT
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.
06/05/2010 3:00:15 PM CDT
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!
06/06/2010 10:02:35 AM CDT
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!!
06/08/2010 9:21:20 AM CDT
Nicki says ...
I will be celebrating by listening to great music and cheering on my top three teams: England, USA and Italy.
06/08/2010 9:22:36 AM CDT
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.
06/08/2010 9:27:05 AM CDT
Candace says ...
I'm celebrating by gathering with my all my friends, who happen to be a very multinational group, and we'll all be waving our respective flags while we watch the games. All of the activity will take place over food, of course.
06/08/2010 9:33:46 AM CDT
Elaine C Long says ...
hi folks, I love this music..i play it while viewing A South African Safari drive, LIVE for 3 hours twice a day, 7 deays a week,it is broadcast FREE from Djuma Reserve in SabiSands Wildtuin, South Africa.( in fact is on live at this very moment..10:37am Eastern Time/USA in SA it is 6 hours ahead of ET/USA and it is LIVE with streaming video and a presenter you can interact with, for questions, identities of animals, etc. Give it a try but beware..it IS ADDICTIVE. and I spent 3 weeks at Djuma Reserve , you will love watching these Safari drives site while enjoying the Music of Putumayo Africa sincerly, Elaine in PA/USA
06/08/2010 9:42:14 AM CDT
Elaine C Long says ...
oh, apologies, i forgot to add the URL for the Djuma Safari 'live' web drives to my recent posting: http://www.wildearth.tv/web/djuma1?streamId=wildearth my bad, Elaine in PA
06/08/2010 9:44:55 AM CDT
Suzie says ...
Celebrating the South African spirit, cooking there food, drinking there wine and of course supporting our home team, England :)
06/08/2010 9:53:43 AM CDT
Jeanne says ...
Love South African music. You can't help but move!
06/08/2010 9:57:15 AM CDT
Katy says ...
Will it ever be on ITunes? It sounds awesome!
06/08/2010 10:19:09 AM CDT
Anna says ...
I'm Italian and I definitely do not fit the stereotipe of soccer crazy fan. But when the Word Cup is on, I'm glued to the TV. I'm DC, and the best way, to enjoy the game for an expat is with friends, food and music (music following the soccer game, because while your team plays, you follow in religious silence!)... As for music, this year I think we will definitely play some African music (Sutu Kun, Ekibobo, Papa Noel, Les Nubiens), but there will be plenty of space for Italian of course (e.g.Max Gazze', Daniele Silvestri, Neffa, Tiromancino, Negramaro, etc. etc.)!
06/08/2010 11:09:25 AM CDT
Belinda Gross says ...
I plan to celebrate the world cup with watching every game that USA plays that I can. I'll also play music from the USA and South Africa. May the best team win and everyone is still friends.
06/08/2010 11:22:40 AM CDT
Elaine C Long says ...
Please Mr. wholefoodsmarket, I would love to buy my South African Rusks and Amarula at one of your stores to eat and drink while I watch the World Cup Soccor games. ...if only we had a WholeFoodsMarket in the Wyomissing, PA or West Reading, PA area?.. please build us a store? Beggingly, Elaine PS: FYI, Amarula tastes like PA Dutch eggnog!! The natives of SA even make a local beer from the fruits of the Marula tree.
06/08/2010 11:34:59 AM CDT
Anja says ...
Can't wait to finally watch some real Fussball (soccer) again! My son collects the stickers in his Panini album and I get to hang our German flag in front of our house. International music is always good. I like Rai (Algerian/Moroccan pop music). Go team Germany (and the other teams as well). Let's watch some great matches!
06/08/2010 12:06:40 PM CDT
Claudia Beal says ...
Saturday can't come soon enough! We love soccer in our house and all have our favorite soccer jerseys. My husband has Germany from the last World Cup, my baby son has Brazil and Argentina which were gifts from my dad and sister and I have the good old USA. I would love to be in Cape Town but listening to the music would be great too!
06/08/2010 12:31:25 PM CDT
Ryan says ...
I will be celebrating with food, music & friends.
06/08/2010 1:28:35 PM CDT
Jeanne Petrus-Rivera says ...
I'll definitely be celebrating the World Cup by listening to Putumayo!!
06/08/2010 1:35:56 PM CDT
hannah cuna says ...
Im not really a sports fan but Im glad that South Africa gets the chance to host the world cup this year. I am interested with international music especially african music.. the beat, the melody and everything about it makes you feel good and uplifts your spirit.. This year I might welcome the world cup by listening to such music and watch the matches.. come on africa! :)
06/08/2010 1:56:54 PM CDT