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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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Amy says …

Such fun and upbeat music - my three year old and I can't get enough and dance all over the house! I love it ;-)

Genie says …

What a great, upbeat song to wake up to! Thanks for the download.

Marvin Cabiness says …

Love, love, love world music! It brings people together!

Grace Seroka says …

I have been listening Putumayo for many years. I love doing yoga to it! Love the beat...love the movements! Thank you for the download - it is wonderful!

Tony Wilson says …

I have the smoker going: brisket, chickens, pork shoulder, plus some veggies on gas grill. Cold beer, BBQ and the world cup.

David Slater says …

Putumayo is awesome. I have 2 of their CD's now and my wife thinks I play them too much. 5 more would make my home life the best EVER!

Shauna Casolari says …

That is amazing music that you could listen to over and over without ever getting old.

lara taylor says …

my son and i love watching the world cup together. it's fun to see people from all over the world playing the same sport. we mute the volume (from all the horns) and play our Putumayo CD.

Isabelle says …

i don't own a tv, but i'm watching the world cup every chance i get during my lunch in the breakroom at work. i'm planning on watching the finals at a friend's and preparing an international food feast: a south african dish, plus 1 dish each from each of the two finalists. and during commercial breaks and after the winning game, dancing to african music!

mountain girl says …

What a great song to celebrate with South Africa!

Terrill Espsito says …

celebrating the World Cup by watching as many matches as possible with as many international friends as possible! music and food..of course!

Lindsay says …

I just moved back from South Africa after working there at a girls' shelter in Cape Town. The girls and young women I worked with came from a variety of backgrounds; some orphans, some political refugees, many having had life experiences that grown adults wouldn't be able to handle. I was impressed by their strength, intelligence, and above all their love of music, whether from Xhosa, Zulu, or even Western culture. One of my best memories is of sitting with them during my first month there and listening to them sing. The love of music pervades all levels of society in South Africa, and in all of the countries I have been to throughout Africa. Putomayo always has great CDs and I'm thrilled that a South African version has been released!

Lorraine Brophy says …

I love the music transports you to exciting places! Thanks

N2runn says …

Great music - easily transforms listener to South Africa .

Pamela says …

It just makes me smile!

Elle says …

love this download and would love to win Putumayo's South Africa CD

Maureen Ruble says …

We are inviting our friends over, many of whom are represented from cultures around the world. We will watch the game surrounded by good food and friends.

Deann says …

We have loved watching the World Cup this year since my son has been playing for a few years but only recently really got into soccer. We have a couple Putumayo CDs and they are ALWAYS in our car or CD player at home. They are the best to clean to, cook to, dance to, drive to, or just hang out with! Hope I win!

David Dyson says …

I first heard the incredible selections offered by Putumayo at the Museum of Natural History's in New York's gift shop--they had headphones set up, and i was able to sample the various styles from all over the world. i have been a performer of World music for over 30 years now ( when there was no category for it!)---Keep up the good work! Go world cup!

Whitney says …

Putmayo compilations are fantastic for dinner parties OR world cup parties! I also love picking out an artist and checking out their other songs.

Bobbie Murphy says …

Watching while sipping lemonade.

Barbara Bibel says …

I am not very interested in the World Cup, but the music sounds wonderful. The free download is great and I would love th hear the rest of the songs.

Nancy says …

Cool beans. I'm in.

Michelle Trim says …

Thanks for the free download. We will probably try some new recipe that showcases South African traditional cuisine and local vegetables.

Dawn E says …

Thank you for the wonderful free download, it is my first experience with Putumayo. This is "Happy Music".

Kathy Fedorko says …

My 19 year old daughter is watching the world cup, so I watch too. I love Putumayo music and have being buying the CDs since they first came on the market. I love that Putumayo introduced us all to "world music" before it was fashionable!

Lisa Iacono says …

We will be celebrating the world cup watching it as a family, my husband, 2 children and myself! Of course there will be music as there is always music when celebrating any event!

Evelyn says …

Love playing your music for my 1 year old twins.

ce hall says …

I would LOVE to see that recipe featured at Whole Food's website! I'm a fan of African food AND music, from tip to top of the continent.

Kevin says …

I've seen these Putumayo cds in stores and always wondered what they were about. What I hear I like! I'm an international wine lover so for World Cup I'll try some new wines from other parts of the world so far untasted!

Rachel Bates says …

I will follow enough to see who wins in the end but my celebration will be low key. Maybe a juice pop.

Karen Whitney says …

Not a big sports fan, but sure do love this music!!!

Tessa says …

I've been waiting for this for years! I'm traveling to England for my sister's graduation and we'll be watching the final game of the world cup somewhere in Croatia!!

carol and family says …

We have enjoyed other Putumayo anthologies and are excited about the World Cup (which we get catch as catch can). I downloaded Bholoja’s “Mbombela” cut. It was lovely. We danced in the living room. My 8 year old soccer playing son thought it was great. Not only good for dancing, but the dog, who tired of dancing thought it made a perfect accompaniment for a belly rub.

Anita Young says …

Thanks for the music clip. I have always enjoyed all types of music but have to say Putamayo CDs are always the greatest! Somehow they always put together the perfect selection. Not much of a sports fan but I know my little Sister will watch every minute and let me know who, what, when and where. Hope I win!

Chrysa says …

We will be watching with food and friends.

Nina says …

I love the World Cup! Many years ago I watched Sheffield play the US and got to meet the players after the game. It was a fantastic time. Then and now, music has been such a big part of my life My husband and I loved listening to world and just a wide variety of music so much we opened our own small living room concert house. Now that we have a child, he is exposed to our varied palate, and has shown an interest in music himself at 2! I hope to win this set for him! Love the song!

sheila k. says …

Opt me in for the contest.

Julie says …

Through music and soccer we are introducing our 5 year old son to cultures, sounds, rhythms, rhymes, names, colors, flags and faces that are different from our own. Fortunately for us, he loves music and soccer and so it's a beautiful match.

Jane Letsche says …

I will be celebrating with my own personal "vuvuzela" that I picked up in South Africa. This traditonal horn is blown at sports stadiums through out South Africa. Considering how this controversial(and some say extremely annoying) horn creates an ear splitting hum in the background at soccer matches - I think I will play it in the safety if my home when I am alone !!!!

Penny Heatherington says …

I have a half dozen Putumayo CDs and I love them. The music is so uplifting -- I play it in my car all of the time. I got them all at Whole Foods, my favorite grocery store. The Denver Art Museum also carries them and plays them sometimes in one of the open spaces. I am a volunteer in the shop and always recommend them for gifts. Thanks for the new CD. Go Putumayo!

AK says …

Thanks for the music - always a good way to celebrate! I like the rhythm.

Lenka Svobodova says …

Wow this download is awesome! As it turns out, I'm part of a CD club and my month is coming up and I'm going to include this song. I'm not much of a sports fan these days so I probably won't be watching the World Cup. Nevertheless, this music is amazing and I'd love a chance to win the set!

Marco Baldi says …

I will celebrate the World Cup by watching every single game, cooking some themed food from some of the countries represented (Of course using Whole Foods ingredients !). And by doing some volunteer work at a community garden in Riverside.

sally says …

We too will be cooking some organic party food for the game. I remember how difficult it was to find world music. Musical Starstreams (radio show)would play some in the early 80's so that got me hooked. I will be rocking out in my chair while the game is on or anytime I hear something as good as this.

Dylan Gerard says …

I'm 14 years old and just started listening to Reggae music. I found an African Reggae CD at Whole Foods and just listened to it - I really like that the lyrics are in different languages so that I can pay more attention to the music and not get caught up on the words. The lyrics are more like another instrument. I like that the songs were more mellow than Jamaican Reggae. I just got back from a school trip in Costa Rice and the African music reminds me of there. It would be really cool to win the 5 CDS, 'cause I don't have enough money to buy them all. If I'm too young to win, you could send them to my mom, Ann Gerard. Oh, by the way, I do plan to watch some of the World Cup. It seems more like a country competing, not just a team wanting a paycheck. It's really cool that it is in South Africa.

Donna says …

I've been listening to Putumayo music for years - the World Cup CD is another way to celebrate the amazing beauty and variety of world music. Bravo!

yana says …

Love the Putumayo collections. Will be definitely celebrating with music !

Becky says …

I am hoping to watch some of the semi-final and final games of the World Cup. A friend is recording them for me. I probably won't listen to music, but I do have some of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's music and enjoy listening to it occasionaly. I also enjoy the song they did on one of the Josh Groban albums.

karen price says …

Music is such an education! I have just about all of Putumayos CD's. Its what I listen to while at work. I feel transported to the lands that are being played.And, in the heat of summer, what can be better to listen to,but music from the tropics, or dessert, or equator countries!. And, yes, World cup, like this music is the real meaning of 'global'. Thank you!

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