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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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Suza says …

Music and sports don't need words because they go directly to the heart.

Stuart Hipp says …

After the US has a huge upset and wins the World Cup, I will resist the temptation to throw my 2 month old child in the air, I will kiss my wife, and run out into the street shouting "U-S-A, U-S-A!" Then I will probably do some traditional African dancing. A Putamayo World Music Collection would sure help that last part a lot...

Annette Skaggs says …

Some of my earliest memories of being introduced to Putumayo was through daily excerpts played at my local Public Radio station. And that was close to 20 years ago. I have been an avid follower of it ever since. Thank you.

Sofia says …

I only care about sports during certain key times: the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup. How am I celebrating? By watching the game and bonding with my mom (yes, my mom) over our love of the occasion!

Ben Krahn says …

What an awesome opportunity to win free music. Thanks!

Sybil Carpenter says …

A quick and inexpensive way for a "mind -traveller" to explore exotic and beautiful destinations. I've worn a groove in my cd of the music of Northern Africa. I've always wanted to go there and this way I can!...without a passport. Yet, seriously, some really fantastic music to have in anyones collection. Sybil

Bridget Jones says …

I am not a sports fan until the important games. The World Cup is awesome to watch when you are neutral. It is funny how music can be heard in everything. Even during the World Cup. You hear the screams and the awesome sound of the wonderful horns which were almost banned. That would not have been cool at all. Thank you for the wonderful download. If anyone could see my Pandora account they would know that I am a lover of music no matter what genre it is. I truly believe that music is our World Cup, don't mean to sound cheesy.

Maria says …

We love the World Cup. We’ll be celebrating every day with food, fun and friends. And, yes, music will be part of it. We’ll be glued to the TV cheering on our favorite teams - USA & Serbia! We love international music and play it every day! I have been international folk dancing for 45 years! My husband is a musician and plays Serbian string instruments (tamburitzas). We would be honored to win this set! Thank you so much for the FREE download! It's awesome!

annalene says …

I don't have a TV so I read the updates online

taylor says …

Loved the download! Many thanks in advance for the 5CD collection!

Susan Macuse says …

Money and time constraints keep me from visiting many places but music transcends and communicates in such a way that nothing else compares. I love different cultures, especially people,food, and music. this CD delivers two out of three; how can you beat that, short of going there?! On a much somber note, my prayers go out to Nelson Mandela and his family on the loss of his 13 year old grandaughter who was killed in a car accident leaving one of the games.

sheila says …

love this !! very relaxing music - would be awesome to win the 5 CD set : )

Joanna Tousley-Escalante says …

I'm currently enjoying the World cup from Bolivia! Super 'fútbol' or soccer country with devoted fans everywhere. And it's true that the music we are hearing from Africa throughout the games is adding a unique and enjoyable air to the whole event. Now onwards to the finals!!

Diana Howard says …

In 1996 I had the great good fortune to spend weeks in Ghana on a Fulbright study of the cultures. I will NEVER forget the drums! As a school principal, I make sure we introduce the wonderful African cultures to all our students yearly...including their MUSIC!!

Daphne Brown says …

I have been looking at the World Cup on tv and it is most interesting to watch...I feel as though, I'm there in the stands blowing my horn..instead I'm in my big easy chair, blowing my own horn.

Michelle says …

I'm dancing to the groove of "Mbombela" right now! :)

Jenny says …

The grandkids and I experienced the Putumayo's CD's at the Science Center just a few months ago.It's great news that you also carry this wonderful line of International Music. Congratulations on tying it into the "World "Cup" Music"

harriette brinkley says …

Keep up the good work! I like the music

Leah Thompson says …

I went to West Africa over 9 years ago to visit my sister who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. I travelled to over 7 countries in AFrica by myself. The highlight of my trip was spending my 26th birthday at a Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raite, Oumou Sangra and Habite Koite show in Bamako, Mali. This show was sponsored by Putumayo. I loved the music! I love Africa. Watching the World Cup reminds me of the people, the music and the passion of Africa!

Karen Kipp says …

I love putamayo's collections of music. Not only do I listen to them regularly for personal enjoyment, but I also play them for professional use to expose my reflexology clients to new sounds and help them relax during "their" time in my chair. Thanks for years of great music!

robbie says …

my husband loves the world cup, and has gotten our small children interested. my family loves the putumayo cds!

Susan says …

I listened and love the beat. Thanks for introduction Whole Foods.

Julianne Cyr says …

The music is wonderful. I will be celebrating with food. :)

Cheryl Galowitch says …

With friends, food, and commarderie!

Cindy says …

Good food...good friends...good music!

S. Topping says …

We're enjoying watching the World Cup matches! We picked up the Putumayo South Africa CD and have been listening to the music while we watch the World Cup(without the sound on the tv!) Wearing our USA Jerseys, we urge on our American team to glory!

Michael DiPietro says …

I will be fixing breakfast and hosting a good friend of mine for her Birthday !!! She is a World Cup enthusiast and it will be my first time watching one of the games...

Teresa Castillo says …

I love the energy of the music heard at the World Cup! The kick-off celebration was amazing!!! In the stadiums the sounds of the fans and the music used to cheer on the players is just as amazing! I love the excitement the music of South Africa has brought to the World Cup celebration and would so enjoy winning this set to be reminded of this monumental event!!!

shannon says …

I ADORE this music!!!

Lori Bowman says …

I'll be celebrating with friends with a multi-cultural potluck and everyone will be bringing a different ethnic dish. And we'll most definitely be listening to world music to help "season" the party! Sounds like a fabulous CD!

Beverly Grigsby says …

Please enter me into the contest for 5 cd Africa Collection. This win would be truly appreciated and enjoyed. I shop at the Little Rock, AR store. Allen, store manager, Charlotte and Ray know me well. Whole Foods is so appreciated.

karen says …

The music is really a great beat. Something to cook by, workout to or just listen to as an upbeat sound.

Barbara Hoffnman says …

The Putumayo CD's have always been a part of my music library. I am not a big sports person...either watching it or playing it....but I do love "playing" music!! When I listen to the world music CD's, it allows me to travel to the places I have dreamed of going to. I feel as though I'm sitting in some little cafe or dancing to the rhythms of another culture!!! When I'm stuck in traffic or dreading to go to work, I pop in one of my world music CD's and get transported!!!! Sure helps me to change my negative attitude!!!

Debbie Rea says …

I'll be celebrating the World Cup the same way I celebrate all big sports events--by reading my friends'comments on Facebook to keep updated on the latest developments.

Sue Accivatti says …

The music was outstanding. I love all music and would love to win this set. Congrats to whole foods not only for your great choices in food, but also for sponsoring this music on your website.

carmen flejter says …

Hearing this great music instead of those horrible horns would make this World Cup truly great.

Cyndi Way says …

Thanks for the song...really enjoyed it. Tried to watch a match on tv but couldn't stand the buzzing!

Michael Martens says …

POWERFUL and WONDERFUL

Jan Scholl says …

I love sports but don't have the channels showing the World Cup, so I stay informed via newspapers and online blogs. I love the cds that Putamayo has put our over the years, accumulating about 30 in my collection. My favorites are the afro-jazz and Cuban styles with African influences. They all just make you want to dance and smile.

Daphne says …

During the World Cup, I'm not glued to a TV, Instead, I'm getting fit; good health for ME. I run, I walk, what more do I do? Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba, too: while listening to music to fill my soul; celebrating our world: unified, whole.

Sarah says …

With friends, food, music, peace and love.

fancy says …

the sound has my old bod swaying and tapping, that's good exercise.

Zojeila says …

I will be celebrating the World Cup w/ my mama via AT&T. My Mama loves soccer and knows all the details. I enjoy watching the game as well and think it is totally cool that the games are being played in South Africa. Also, through the televised games in both English and Spanish stations I get to learn a little bit about the host country. It would be great to win the cd pack to learn about Africa through its music as well.

kealy says …

I love how the world cup has the ability to bring together countries across the globe, and lets us— if only for a brief moment— forget all the racial, political and economic problems. I will be celebrating by cheering on the U.S. and by cheering on the world!

Ann says …

I love the music and my husband loves the soccer. And we both love trying the food of different nations!

Vicky says …

I'm a teacher and like to have my students learn about all different aspects of a country that we're studying - including music. I could use the cd set in my classroom.

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