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Latin Party From Putumayo

Congratulations to Anya from Boulder, our randomly selected winner of the Putumayo CDs!

Putumayo World Music’s latest release is Latin Party, just in time to help make your Cinco de Mayo celebration a real toe tapper. (Read on for a chance to win some Putumayo CDs.) Ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar, who helps Putumayo in finding music and artists for their new releases, provides this overview of Cinco de Mayo and the Latin Party CD.
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) has become a significant holiday in America as a celebration of Mexican culture, history and food. Mexicans commemorate the 1862 defeat of the French army in the Battle of Puebla, which was the last time a country in the Americas was invaded by a European army. And, much as St. Patrick’s Day has developed into an opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate Irish traditions, Cinco de Mayo gives people a chance to recognize important Mexican-American historical figures, such as César Chávez, and to participate in special events that focus on Mexico’s savory cuisine and lively music. While Putumayo’s new CD release, Latin Party, features only one song of Mexican origin, it celebrates the festive spirit of Cinco de Mayo with spicy Latin boogaloo, Colombian cumbia, Cuban son and more. The liner notes also include two recipes, one by a noted Mexico City chef, Patricia Quintana, and one by Daisy Martinez, host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy!
Want a taste? Try this track: Big Apple Boogaloo by Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Note: you can simply listen online using the player below, or you can “right click” to download the mp3 file.

Want more? Pick up Latin Party, now available in our stores. Want to win? By May 5th, enter a comment letting us know what music you’ll be playing for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a five CD set from Putumayo’s Latin collection.

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edward solomon says …

Wishin I was in Mexico celebrating with the local marachi bad, but since I wont be I be listening to latin music on xm radio instead.

Alexandra P. says …

I'll be listening to some Gipsy Kings, Mana, Belanova, Paulina Rubio and Oreja de Van Gogh among others. Gracias!

Joelle says …

Celia Cruz or Bebel Gilberto!

Natalie Allen says …

Well, if I win the cs's, that is what I'll be playing! I would love the opportunity to use these great cd's to help teach my kids about Mexican history and culture...and maybe have our friends from Mexico over to party with us!!

Elizaneth Levins says …

I would love to win this cd so I can play the music at my upcoming 60th birthday shindig. It's perfect to get people dancing.

Ibett Remedios says …

I'm Hispanic and grew up in Los Angeles, so even though I don't have Mexican roots, I love Mexican EVERYTHING! And on Cinco de Mayo, I plan on playing Ranchera (Mariachi music) and Cumbia, accompanied by tequila shots and a variation of Margaritas. I can't wait! I won't play anything from Putamayo so that I can play it out after I win that 5 CD set! Aaayyyy aaayyy aaaaayyyy, arriba, arriba! ;)~

Margery Beerman says …

It's interesting to be able to read facts about items of interest not necessarily related to food! I'll be playing La Bomba!!!

Melanece Walker says …

We will be listen to Latin Lounge, Latin Playground for the Kids and Women of Latin America all by Putumayo.

vannessa moran says …

We will be playing salsa, specifically Willie Colon's Idilio.

Jodi says …

I have a great spanish acouttic guitar CD that we will be playing, but I really need some latin music so I would love to win the CD

valerie liu says …

Buena vista social club! I love latin music - i'm actually from puerto rico and my husband is chinese...we love latin music and latin food. We actually call ourselves - chinolatino!!!!!!

Andrea Welte says …

For Cinco de Mayo, I'll be listening to Manu Chao.

JoanMarcus says …

Big Apple Boogaloo is wonderful! In the promo text, it isn't mentioned that the CD also includes Cha-Cha----my favorite! In fact, I may bring this song to my Zumba instructor for her to incorporate it in to our routine! I will also bring it to my favorite Salsa DJ at Ryles for him to play it for everyone! For Cinco de Mayo, I'll be celebrating with my husband and children and friends here for a make yur own taco party and the best Sangrii this side of Spain and gourmet guacamole, compliments of our Mexican friend! Hopefully we'll have 5 Putamayo CD's to accompany the fun! (wink)

Asli Taner says …

Carlos Santana!

Candace Drimmer says …

Love the music, but truly--Cinco de Mayo is not a celebratory holiday in Mexico.

Natalia says …

We'll start off with some more traditional music (think Mariachi) and end the party with up-beat reggaton.

rondalyn says …

I love all types of music! My birthday is on the 3rd and Cinco de Mayo is on the 5th-what a big party! I want to listen to Latin Party from Putumayo

angie says …

Celia Cruz and Ibrahim Ferrer while sipping margaritas!

Sue Swyt says …

A cross cultural mix, just like my friends and family including: Los Lobos including "Heigh-Ho" for the kids(I know, a DISNEY song by Los Lobos!) Ximena Sarinana Celia Cruz Tito Puente Ozomatli (Especially "Afterparty") Calle 13 (Clean versions, there are kids here!) and Manu Chao "Bongo Bong" (hopefully this goes over the kids' heads) Happy Cinco de Mayo

deb keilen says …

I love all things latin from the guacomole to the salsa to the all day fiesta! I'm sure to always include some Santana "Oye Como Va" and Los Lobos "La Bamba" on my favorite day in May!

Alicia says …

Cielito Lindo

Suzanne Alley says …

I will be playing all kinds of Latin music, from Cesoria Evoria to The latin Kings!

jo says …

i'll be listening to any accordion driven music, along with, of course juanes, lhasa, manu chao.

Katie C. says …

i'll be listening to a few of my favorites, Cafe Quijano and Elvis Crespo...nothing gets to me more than when he sings "Suavamente"!

Daphne Brown says …

I'm a New Yorker and grew up on Latin sounds! Tks! Daphne

Karen Tullo says …

I know that we will be playing Los Lobos and Santana for sure. We also listen to various artists that are not mainstream.

Patty says …

We will be playing "Marvelous Mariachi Music And Other Mexican Favorites" a 3 CD set, performed by Los Mejores Mariachis de Mexico--and, of course, we will be having nachos with Whole Foods delicious Guacamole!

Phyllis Briskman says …

I will be playing "Latin Party From Putumayo" if I hopefully win it!!

Tim Dillman says …

On Cinco de Mayo we will be listening to Sergio Vega's "El Shaka" and "Mariachi Autentico Mexicano" as we feast on hardwood charcoal grilled flank end cut short ribs and roasted jalapenos from Wholefoods and drink cheap Mexican beer. We would also LOVE to win the "Latin Party from Putumayo".

Sindy M. Benavides says …

First, thank you for sharing background on Cinco de Mayo. When I speak with friends, neighbors, and new acquaintances there's always a confusion on what Cinco de Mayo means and the significance behind celebrating this day. This year I will be listening to a mix-match podge of music that puts my family and friends in dancing mode--everything from Hip hop, R&B, Jazz, to Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and the classics from the Golden Age of my father! Family, friends, food, and music--it's going to be a good day!

Irene Radke says …

I love Latin music. If I win, we will be listening to Putumayo CD's!

Michelle Steinman says …

Cinco de Mayo will mark my son's (our middle child) 2nd Birthday. He likes fiddle music and jazz, and has recently taken to drums. We will probably be playing some of his favorites, but I bet he'd really like some latin rhythms to dance to as well.

Wendy Lee says …

I will be playing some La Peinadita, I love Putumayo's compilations.

quesada says …

Love this music! We'll be playing salsa and cubia! Let the party begin!!

Yvonne Simental says …

Lots of spanish guitar! Would love the new Putumayo though!

Vivykat says …

Of course I will be playing a puttumayo CD from my own collection...hopefully will get this one to add to it!

Joshua Tiernan O'Rourke says …

We'll be playing salsa, mariachi, tejado & a 'lil bit of Tito Puente/Puerto Rican (so much fun to dance to) for our Cinco de Mayo party.

Heather Doty says …

For Cinco de Mayo I'll most likely put on Pandora and type in Bachata, merengue and salsa and see what comes up, so I'd definitely like to own some good latin music with the Latin Party! Thanks

sandi ramirez says …

well I have 3 reasons to celebrate on Cinco Dia 1. my birthday 2. our daughter becoming a Dr. 3. Moms Dia (Im a mom of 5) 4. my beautiful heritage...A latino with Polish polish.......who loves any kind of Latin music,its in my blood.

Maria says …

We'll be playing some Tito Fuentes, Hector Lebo, Los Lobos, Celia Cruz and many more!! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Carol Hoekstra says …

i'll be singing myself until i win some real music. Save my family!

Margarita Barbosa says …

will be playing some fun mariachi!

Stephen Advokat says …

Santanna rules!

Lynda says …

I feel so under-educated in Latin music. I'm up for listening to anything!

Marie Capone says …

I will be playing Celia Cruz. Her music brings such life and passion to the party!

Tommy Fitzgerald says …

Anything with tequila.

Peggy Brever says …

Flaco Jimenez - a fantastic Tejano accordionist!

Connie Garrett says …

I've a selection of Latin music that I'll put on random play to keep it fresh and unpredictable.

Jen says …

I will be looking through these comments and checking my library for some of them! Most of what I own has already been mentioned: Maná, Juanes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ozomatli, Santana...

susan priest says …

I will be listening to ottmar liebert ~ summer flamenco!

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