Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

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.

Leave a reply

To provide feedback or ask a question about our company, a store or a product, please visit our Customer Service page.

For more information about posting comments to our blog, please see our Comment Posting Guidelines.

346 comments

Comments

Nikki says …

Well, I celebrate the World Cup with strong cup of coffee (at least the next day at work). I remember when South Africa won the bid for the 2010 World Cup, the country was absolutely jubilant. Let's hope that some of the World Cup money will help continue the rebuilding of the rainbow nation. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika!

Amanda says …

My fiance and I are lucky enough to work at a company that has a flat-screen TV in our "break room," complete with comfy couches and a coffee maker. We've been sneaking away with other coworkers to watch games. It's a great experience! I've been a HUGE FAN of Putumayo for years, and I'm always thrilled to listen to new albums!

Patti Combs says …

Love the World Cup, Love football... or soccer as they call it here in the states. Enjoying "Watch the Games" parties w fun & funky themed appetizers featuring each country's specialties... people LOVE trying out new goodies!!! Putamayo music is downloaded on my IPOD when I run... I dance down the trails... rock the miles away to sometimes Calypso, sometimes reggae, sometimes.. you get the idea...

Lori says …

Love the Putomayo CD's especially the way they are recorded. The sound is so rich. Ialso love the way the CD's transport you to another place even if you've never been there.

Kara C. says …

I love soccer! I used to play when I was younger and even now I love to watch professional soccer players' fancy foot work and talent. It never ceases to amaze me what they can do with their feet! I don't have a preference who wins, but I love that it brings so many people together to root for their own country. I remember being in Europe during a World Cup and hearing all the surrounding people watching, cheering, celebrating. It is like a huge cheerleading event for each country!

corinne says …

I've been really enjoying watching the game in restaurants and bars where people from all over can gather together. It's so nice to be able to share the experience, even with everyone cheering for different teams.

dawn leslie baskin says …

i just love the whole putumayo collection! i play it at home, and in my bilingual kindergarten class all the time! we have favorites that just set the tone for a good vibe for working, dancing, cleaning and of course smiling! to celebrate the world cup, my fiends and i are having an african music and dance party. we are going to drive to san franscico this weekend to see angelique kidjo . it will be a dancing good time. thanks for the inspiring collection; it's my favorite!!!!

Krystal says …

I love the World Cup! I am planning to watch as many games as possible with my family and typically for the final, we will have a party complete with food, music, and fun.

Irene says …

Simply love every CD I heard (=

Cheryl says …

The pictures from the opening ceremony blew me away! I'm meeting friends over lunch during the week to watch the games - and always listen to international music to bring the global world to my everyday routine.

David says …

Follow the games over the internet and read the news coverage.

Libbye Chu says …

Putumayo is the Music leader in world music and offers such a diverse selection....I've been a Putumayo fan for years and continue to be. Thanks for the download..it's upbeat, danceable and a fun piece!! Keep the music coming, PLEASE...............Libbye

Stefanie says …

I am hosting a World Cup viewing party where everyone will wear their favorite team colors and I am going to serve foods from South Africa and of course lots of music!

SURA SEVASTOPOULOS says …

Ever since visiting my daughter in Togo, West Africa, when she was in Peace Corps, I have been an avid fan of African music from all areas of Africa. This one is different from anything I have, and it would be a pleasure for me to give it to her as a gift.

Jean McBean says …

I'm scheduling many of my activities around the games...Thank heavens there are only, at most, three a day!

sarah says …

I love Putamayo albums, and buy them for every baby shower and child's birthday. The lounge series is usually the background music for my parties as well!

JH says …

We need more vuvuzela horns! GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!! Let's embrace ALL the sounds of the World Cup and South African musical style!

Aly says …

Let's go Bafana! Just kidding - I'll be cheering for team USA no matter how good the African music might be!

Kim says …

I love the Putumayo cds! It's a great way to get a taste of unfamiliar genres of music.

Sue Swyt says …

I'm thrilled to watch the world cup shine a light on an aparthied-free South Africa. I'll be celebrating watching the games with a few blasts on a vuvuzela (Annoying, yes, but the sound of joy!) and getting the neighborhood together for backyard soccer games complete with tripping toddlers, dogs and milk-crate goals in the cool evening breeze. Thank you Putomayo, for perfect mixes to introduce us to world music.

Traci says …

I have been enjoying watching the World Cup games at friends' houses or watching it on the big screen in the cafe at my work! It has been very exciting to pick and team and cheer for them.

tammy says …

Again, the Putumayo label has delivered an extraordinary piece of music. Long live Putumayo!!!!!!!!

Kristen says …

I'm more interested in international music than in sports, honestly. But I like that soccer/football is such a beloved sport all over the world.

Kim Abels says …

Beyond sports--try the lullaby CDS!

Melisa says …

We will celebrating the World Cup by watching as much as we can and cheering on the world! Go Team USA!

liz says …

Hi everybody , I own a small organic kitchen in Chihuahua Mexico and we play putumayo music all the time. there´s no tv in the kitchen so we are not watching the games but we sure play and love putumayo music. we would really love to win the cds thanks!

Paul says …

I rejoice that in a short 20 years S. Africa has gone from being banned from international sports competition to hosting one of the Family of Nation's very biggest events. Hooray! And maybe Team USA will stay in for a couple of rounds? And Putumayo Africa - what a way to celebrate!

Paula Bordenet says …

We have two of the other Putumayo's CDs and the whole family enjoys them. I like how they are joyful and lighthearted. We are big European football fans with season tickets to our local Seattle Sounders, so will of course be watching the World Cup. We are enjoying watching the matches from the comfort of our big screen tv at home. Popcorn and lots of beverages help with all the cheering and shouting (my husband) will be doing. Go Team USA!

Wynn says …

Not only are the South African CDs terrific, (just heard them for the 1st time here) but so are their other collections. I have several including the Carribbean series and would recommend all of them to everyone.

Lisa says …

These are some of the best ways to bring our family together...the World Cup Soccer tournament and world music.

Sharon says …

Thank you for the beautiful music download, and the information here is educational. I first saw Putumayo World Music CDs in the library, I was immediately attracted by the artwork, and I love Africa Music. I love “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, I did not know its Africa root until now. I also would recommend the sound track of the movie “The Constant Gardener”, original music composed by Alberto Iglesias. The movie was filmed in Africa. The music fits African landscape beautifully. I don't follow Scoccer as I did when I was younger, but Congratulations to Africa for the World Cup! Thank you Wholefoods, for sharing the world music and international themes in the community and in your stores. I would love to win the CDs.

Marion says …

This was my first chance to hear their music. Very nice. I would love to win a cd and will check out their music in the future. Any games on the tv that bring together world teams is so good for all of us.

Colleen says …

This music is so perfect for so many different occasions: picnics, parties, study sessions, homework, housework, etc. Excited for the South Africa CD!

Peter says …

I love this music! Keep it coming!

Jeff says …

We look forward to the World Cup with as much anticipation as the Olympics. We will be tuned in to each play for the full 90 minutes and after it is over we will feast, listen to music and enjoy our hopeful victory.

Joyce says …

Thank you for bringing a sample of this interesting, up beat and relaxing type of music to our attention.

Erica says …

What wonderful African music to represent the World Cup this year! And even better that purchasing this cd benefits Artist for a New South Africa! My father has visited South Africa recently and absolultely LOVED it. Maybe someday I will have the chance to travel to South Africa as well to enjoy the rich culture, diversity, and music up close and in person!

Karin C says …

I am celebrating World Cup by watching and supporting our country. U.S.A. I am new to soccer, and I am so excited for Africa to be the host. I love their culture.

Marlene Glass says …

I'm not a soccer fan per se, although my grandsons are both players, and I cheer for them and their teams! However, I do enjoy the excitement I see emanating from the fans at the World Cup. It's invigorating to see so many people cheering and celebrating. This World Cup may just make me a World Cup soccer tournament "enjoyer"

Melissa says …

Love the Putumayo CDs. We have a few, mostly the children's collections, but I play them all the time even when my kids aren't present! Yes, I would love to win the collection!

Melissa says …

Wonderful music that moves you even though you don't understand the language. Of course music is the universal language...but this really sings to me.

Sharon Reamer says …

Love it! Thank you for the FREE download.

susan k says …

Not really celebrating the world cup, but I Ihave several of the Putumayo cd's and I love, love, love them. Love them!

Linda says …

I spent the first part of the World Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada watching the betting frenzy.

Joanna Ruth says …

Celebrating with family, friends, good food, music and lots of game watching!!

Charles says …

The sights and sounds of the World Cup host country contribute so much to the Beautiful Game. We will be celebrating with our seven year old by learning cool things about as many of the participating countries as we can. Music is definitely a big part of that. This song will be a great part of the fun.

Martin says …

Great song!

Kevin says …

I will celebrate the World Cup with the happy realization that the largest amount of eyes, ears, voices and hearts will be focused on the same events at the same time, worldwide!

Sarah says …

I love watching the world cup and the music from South Africa is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the free download - love it!

Cathy Phifer says …

This music inspires me so much

Pages