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Putumayo’s New “Beat”

By Dan Storper, September 7, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper
Read on for a chance to win a 4-CD set from Putumayo’s Beat series and Groove series. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. Putumayo continues its exploration of contemporary world music with the launch of a new "Beat" series, which follows in the footsteps of the successful “Groove” series. New releases African Beat and Latin Beat highlight the exciting blends of world music and electronica, R&B and more coming out of studios in Europe, America, Africa and Latin America. These releases are available at most Whole Foods Market stores. On Latin Beat, we explore funky new blends of Latin music, in which electronic beats, hip-hop flavors, DJ remixes and cutting-edge grooves are fused effortlessly with Colombian cumbia, Cuban son, Mexican banda, Spanish flamenco, Afro-Peruvian roots music and more. Cuban band Moneda Dura adds the voice of Buena Vista Social Club legend Ibrahim Ferrer to a catchy breakbeat sound. Colombians Jontre and Mariposa Solar demonstrate how effortlessly groundbreaking Latin musicians are using traditional rhythms in a contemporary pop context. Spain's Digitano takes Gypsy flamenco instrumentation and layers on electronic effects. These collaborations between modern Cuban groups and Cuban legends provide insight into how Latin music has managed to stay as popular and relevant today as it was 50 years ago. On African Beat, Putumayo features artists who are as likely to have traditional African drumming, soukous and mbaqanga on their IPods as they are the latest European dubstep and R&B. These tracks reveal that even in this globalized, hi-tech world, the divide between the past and the future is not as great as it may seem. Songs by musicians with deep connections to their roots, including Vieux Farka Touré and Les Barons, are remixed and reworked by Western DJs. The music of South Africa's Busi Mhlongo, Senegal's Lëk Sèn and Malian/French group Donso reveals how hip-hop, electronica and other urban musical styles have been incorporated into traditional African music, taking it in surprising new directions. We hope you give these new sounds a listen. Do you have a favorite song or group that showcases collaboration between two distinct music styles? Let us know what it is in the comments below for a chance to win a 4-CD set from Putumayo’s Beat series (African Beat and Latin Beat) and Groove series. (Arabic Groove and Turkish Groove). Comment by September 21st for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.
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jo reyes-boitel says ...
I love the stylings of Manu Chao and Sargent Garcia. Both bridge European, African and Latino sounds effortlessly. Sargent Garcia even does multilingual lyrics! Some great beats!
09/14/2011 10:50:11 PM CDT
carole says ...
Paul Simon and Graceland, and the wondrous Olatunji
09/14/2011 10:52:26 PM CDT
ReNae says ...
No matter what the music, Putumayo always puts out great compilations. Cheers
09/14/2011 11:01:34 PM CDT
annie says ...
I love the mash of punk and traditional Irish folk music from Dropkick Murphys.
09/14/2011 11:01:44 PM CDT
Charmian says ...
Euro Lounge and Celtic Dreamland are my favorites. I love Putumayo. Would love to add to my "lounge" collection.
09/14/2011 10:33:53 PM CDT
Laura Medlock says ...
I love music. Music is the best medicine! Lifts your spirits and energizes you!!! I love Christian with rock and modern/ contemporary. Nothing beter than music to take you away on a vacation away from your troubles and burdens! Putamayo! I hope I win!!!
09/14/2011 10:36:46 PM CDT
Jesus D. says ...
Yess, MANU CHAO, song is Bongo Bong is a great song where this Spaniard, Catalan sings in both English and French and uses electronic beats. Relaxin' song, dedicated to the people that play the bongo in Africa :)
09/14/2011 10:37:21 PM CDT
Patricia Douglas says ...
We enjoy anything from my husband's family in Malawi. Such beautiful music.
09/14/2011 10:37:50 PM CDT
Karalee says ...
I have yet to find a Putumayo CD that my kids don't love! Can't wait to check this out!!
09/14/2011 10:39:57 PM CDT
Monchicchitoo says ...
Well, I cannot pick just one since I LOVE so many styles of music. Exotic beats from Brazil-Bossa Nova, Argentina-Tango, Spain-Spanish guitar, tango, gypsy...
09/14/2011 10:40:09 PM CDT
deborah says ...
I love Putumayo CDs, used them extensively in my music and art classroom.
09/14/2011 10:40:55 PM CDT
Will says ...
Buena Vista Social Club.
09/14/2011 10:41:24 PM CDT
Ester says ...
Please try the CD from a Capeverdean group "Cordas do Sol", first song Camped Joaquim has an amazing beat. If you have heard Cesaria Evora, she is also from CapeVerde. I am not related to none of them, just love their music.
09/14/2011 10:43:19 PM CDT
Tia says ...
Really like the Acoustic Brazil cd. I downloaded it on my Ipod and listen to it when I work out. Thank you for your grove mixes.
09/14/2011 10:45:40 PM CDT
Patricia Gallagher says ...
Love the music, I would love to win the CD set
09/14/2011 10:46:17 PM CDT
Sharon H says ...
"Ooomph" "Whoof" "Crack" "Pop" "Bonk" "Hiss" "Bark" "Splash" "Wash"
09/14/2011 10:26:12 PM CDT
Antonia Skeete says ...
I love music! I love whole foods!
09/14/2011 11:08:45 PM CDT
Diane says ...
Pick Up Sticks Marimba featuring Zimbabwean marimba!
09/14/2011 10:46:53 PM CDT
Greg says ...
I enjoy listening to Loreena McKennit, Irish traditional with definite influences from the Mediterranian region.
09/14/2011 10:47:29 PM CDT
Helen says ...
I love Mexican and Cuban music and I'm eager to hear this fusion with the Columbian and African additions.
09/14/2011 10:47:51 PM CDT
Mary M. says ...
Music to feed the soul!
09/14/2011 10:53:03 PM CDT
Pam Vance says ...
Very nice. I like Hugh Masekela and Mariam Makeba.
09/14/2011 10:53:27 PM CDT
Jeremy Baptist says ...
My wife is into drumming. I like the arabic and turkish music. Would like to win.
09/14/2011 10:53:31 PM CDT
Debra says ...
I love Youssou N'Dour's varied sounds.
09/14/2011 10:55:17 PM CDT
Felicia Linder says ...
I first started listening to Putumayo several years ago after finding at my local public library. I checked several of them out and when I brought them home and listened to them, I felt I was exposed to a whole new genre of music. I loved it then and now I love it still. One of my favorite is Arabic Groove. And I hope I'm picked. I would love to win this set. Thank you.
09/14/2011 10:57:40 PM CDT

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