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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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Ed says …

Love the beat. And the strings felt like an internal tune-up.

Laura Kay Bilanovic says …

Lovely music! ...and as for the World Cup, my favorite moments are when the children walk in with the teams.I love watching the players as their anthems are played and the exchange of pennants at the coin toss.Even though South Africa lost today, I could see the opposing team players exchanging shirts..... and yes! some exciting soccer too! ;)

Leah Gibbons says …

We're going to watch the movie"Invictus" and celebrate all nations' victories.

michael savko says …

this music makes my soul sing, all of their recordings are true beauty!

amy says …

I'm watching African movies right now: Hotel Rwanda, The #1 Ladies Detective Agency, The World Unseen, Invictus... I did watch part of the Brit/US game over the weekend...not really 'that' African ;^). Cheers, Amy

Teri says …

Love world music and Putumayo's one of the best! I'm usually not into the World Cup, but this year caught a game at a Portland "soccer bar" and had the best time!

Gracey says …

Celebrating with music, food and friends for pre and post game gatherings!

Kurt says …

Thanks for the download ... Putamayo CDs are awesome! ... I'll be watching the World Cup matches at my favorite local Micro Brewery, drinking my favorite hopped beer, with my daughter and friends having a homemade root beer ice cream float. World Cup, your favorite beverage and Putamayo music ... a great combination.

Emily Smith says …

I studied abroad in Cameroon, so I'm supporting them in the Cup. Off to a bad start (lost 1-0 to Japan), but watching the games makes me super nostalgic for the Africa Cup games I watched while I was there. Music was a huge part of it. I can still sing the songs that came on during the commercials during the Africa Cup! (But they were good.)

Valerie Gardner says …

Would soooooooo love to win this! I love music from other countries & would love to add this to my collection! Have a great day/evening to anyone that reads this! :-)

Ursula says …

Great beat, had me dancing in my seat. I'm celebrating the World Cup by catching glimpses of the games when I can. I imagine that I'm coaching a World Cup game as I coach my under six team. Soccer is such fun! Or should I say Football. :-)

rose says …

Having been to SA in the later 1990's - everything SA is a magnet for me (food, music, art, culture), I also have two sons who play soccer and have been interested in the matches. The Putumayo music has always had a spot on my shelf and players - would love to add more!

Erika says …

The student union building at my university has set up a huge television projector screen on which each and every world cup game is being shown live. My regular "coffee break" from my lab has turned into a "run down to the student union to watch a few minutes of the game" break!

Bonnie Van Roekel says …

Putumayo recordings are refreshingly diverse. No need to worry about feeding the wallets of already-rich pop stars. Putumayo is traveling the world helping to discover the undiscovered! Thanks. Bonnie

Esperanza S says …

Very Very Very nice. Very good beat. Calming and soothing as well. Great upbeat, happy feel.

Anna M. says …

I will be celebrating with music, vegetarian Lentil Bobotie, dancing and by yelling "Goooooooooooooal!" whenever possible!

Fanci Sue Gentry-Morales says …

I love my putomayo cd's! Cannot live without them. They transport me to the different countries where the artists are from.

Leslie Meeks says …

I have several cds from the Putumayo collection. I look forward to listening to this one. The world cup being played in South Africa is fantastic! I know the countrymen are proud that something this big is happening in a place that has been long regarded as the arm pit of modern civilation. Mandela rocks!!!

Madeleine Vadeboncoeur says …

I love this music and all music whole foods ever sells in their cds! World Cup party this weekend... GO SOUTH AFRICA! -Madeleine

Ana McKinney says …

Love Putumayo Collections. The music is so invigorating, joyful and plainly enjoyable! I just watched Invictus today and realized how much of the culture and life of a country music is. African music and all world music can heal the soul...

Kathleen L says …

I have been having open conversations with people from all over the country over this event and the rules of the cup playoffs which I didn't understand the "ties" until I asked and I am thrilled that it is in S. Africa and would love to share the music with my musical family

sarah woods says …

Putumayo music for the soul and the lifting of mankind's spirit and heart.

nadine bloch says …

brings me back to my time living in ghana , listening to High Life and dancing with my local compatriots at the Mobil spot!

joseph vacca says …

I will be cooking some ribs on my smoker,sipping on a red stripe lager and listening to some african music as i watch the game.

Kim A. says …

Great music - thanks for sharing! We have many Putumayo CDs, specifically for kids, and our family (including two young ones) loves them all. We look forward to introducing our boys to the World Cup as we have world music.

Cate deCossy says …

By playing soccer with my son, and buying him a new soccer jersey! He's crazy about playing soccer (he's 4)! We also LOVE music. We go to many free concerts in the Santa Cruz area. My son has been wanting the Putamayo South African CD-it would be so cool to win the set!!! I love African music.

Cherrie says …

Hurrah for South Africa, soccer, and Putumayo music! Check out Acoustic Africa too - unbelievable - perfect to wake up to, or relax with and everything in between.

Jeni says …

I will be celebrating the World Cup in South Africa with the rest of the world...it's amazing to think a game can cross all racial, social, economical barriers...just like music and art like this does every day across the world. What a beautiful thing to see every color of the rainbow in the stands and on the field! And to think, I don't really even like soccer! LOL

Tanya Drake says …

Our family enjoys watching the world cup together! We love all things international and while watching international teams play or listening to international music, we imagine being in the country and make sure we learn something new about that country(ies). Thank you for this opportunity!

Virginia Schwicker says …

I plan on watching the World Cup at a local pub, George and Dragon in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. I am a big fan of World Music as well as a soccer fan and played the sport when I was a teenager in High School. I liked the music on the download and would love to have the collection. Thank you!

jane diederich says …

What a wonderful exposure to the sounds of Africa. So many of us think of black music as rap. Or some might go so far as to "crap". Well, these ole ears really enjoyed this true example of music from so far away. Thanks!

Gregory Gagnon says …

Putumayo music has been a big part of my musical CD collection. Always interesting, music and musicians I might never have heard except for these carefully selected recordings, thank you.

Carolyn says …

This song is great! I would love to listen to songs like this while cleaning, cooking, or even just relaxing. I am trying to get a glimpse of The World Cup any moment I can!

Carole says …

I enjoy international music and have many of the Putamayo CDs. I'm enjoying the World Cup with friends, food, music, and fun. Thanks for this opportunity.

Alex says …

Music, just like the World Cup soccer now and Mandela's inspiration in the Rugby World Cup of '95, has that magic ability to unify people, bringing together those of all different backgrounds to share in a moment, and hopefully those moments grow & grow...

Shelley Quezada says …

I am teaching college students this summer and I love to use the Putuamayo Music before each class. About ten minutes before our class begins I pop one of the CDs into my computer and begin to play. Gradually people quiet down and listen. It is a great way to calm down the students and to get them to focus on the tasks at hand. Invariably someone asks me, where did you get that cool music?

Andrea says …

Even though I'm not much of a sports fan, I do love parties. And music. Especially world music. Watching soccer makes everyone want to celebrate, even if their team isn't winning. So thats what I'll be doing. Celebrating. Listening to music. Watching soccer. And perhaps a little dancing after someone scores a goal ;)

chloe says …

our parents were collecting international music before WWII.Dad's last purchase was a Crosby LP player for the collection. I inherited Robeson (Spanish, Russian, Yiddish, etc.); Bikel (at least 12 languages), Gooding (up to 16), Marais & Miranda (Afrikaans, etc.)-you get the picture. As a result when we visited Montreal, French was just another way of communicating (rather than a FOREIGN language) Technically this might be called immersion, but considering the prevalence of iPods, World Music has a phenomenal opportunity for cultural enrichment which tends to break down barriers. Our favorite Putamayo CD has 'the golden peacock' which it would have been wonderful to hear our grandparents sing. Last World Cup we were traveling on a Friday afternoon & watching shops close because customers were detracting from the TV. Our daughter plays soccer so we need to watch silently (with Superbowl quantities of 'nourishment'. Wish recipes came with the CD's

Stef says …

I adore Putumayo, and would love to win the CD collection. Thank you for providing the opportunity! My fingers are crossed. :) Stef

Deanne says …

I love world music and really enjoy the Putumayo collection. I own a few of the CDs and particularly like the Acoustic Arabia. I usually play the one that creates the ambience for the type of food I'm cooking. My college-aged daughter is a huge fan of the World Cup and we've been watching and rooting for our favorite team(s). This download is a great one and I would love to add the Africa set to expand my collection.

Lynn Colvin says …

I will dance around my kitchen as I make up snacks for my family to enjoy while watching the games, using local ingredients and lots of passion!

Beth says …

I think of the World Cup like I do the Olympics. Even though soccer isn't as popular in the US, it is a time to really be proud of our country and the freedom we stand for. Plus it is a time to embrace other cultures since we do live in one big global community. Music is a great way to unite people!

Sandra says …

Listening to the Putumayo African collection would be a great addition to the ambiance of our World Cup experience. Kids are glued to the TV as they love playing soccer!

Victoria says …

Putumayo music is just incredible. My 2 year old baby-girl dances to it and my 78 year old aunt dances to it. I love Putumayo music, a great cup of coffee - ahhhh, pure bliss!

Audrey Mbani says …

I love Putumayo World Music. I began listening to it when I was living in New York. Having lived in West Africa, listening to the music always brings back very pleasant memories of that time in my life. I also love how buying their music gives money toward a good cause. I would love to win this set because I would play the music ALL THE TIME!!!

Suzette says …

I will be celebrating the world cup by being glued to the tv with my husband every evening cheering on our favorite African teams. Whoo hooo!

Deb says …

vuvuzela concert!! well, they will be playing in the background as we watch the games, celebrate my son's graduation, and have a family and friends reunion. love world music -- am a big percussion fan.

John says …

As I have recovered over the years from several surgeries, I have been fortunate to listen to the World Music release by Putumayo. This is a great experience and would really enjoy the opportunity to hear the World Cup Music.

Leigh Sanders says …

This is the first World Cup that I have ever paid attention to....(and I have been around awhile)I have decided to become more worldly about Sports due to my future ESL career so that I can connect with many of my students.

Rhonda says …

Thank you for such an uplifting song, and being such an inspiration to young musicians everywhere! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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