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Putumayo’s New “Beat”

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!

carole says …

Paul Simon and Graceland, and the wondrous Olatunji

ReNae says …

No matter what the music, Putumayo always puts out great compilations. Cheers

annie says …

I love the mash of punk and traditional Irish folk music from Dropkick Murphys.

Charmian says …

Euro Lounge and Celtic Dreamland are my favorites. I love Putumayo. Would love to add to my "lounge" collection.

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!!!

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 :)

Patricia Douglas says …

We enjoy anything from my husband's family in Malawi. Such beautiful music.

Karalee says …

I have yet to find a Putumayo CD that my kids don't love! Can't wait to check this out!!

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...

deborah says …

I love Putumayo CDs, used them extensively in my music and art classroom.

Will says …

Buena Vista Social Club.

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.

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.

Patricia Gallagher says …

Love the music, I would love to win the CD set

Sharon H says …

"Ooomph" "Whoof" "Crack" "Pop" "Bonk" "Hiss" "Bark" "Splash" "Wash"

Antonia Skeete says …

I love music! I love whole foods!

Diane says …

Pick Up Sticks Marimba featuring Zimbabwean marimba!

Greg says …

I enjoy listening to Loreena McKennit, Irish traditional with definite influences from the Mediterranian region.

Helen says …

I love Mexican and Cuban music and I'm eager to hear this fusion with the Columbian and African additions.

Mary M. says …

Music to feed the soul!

Pam Vance says …

Very nice. I like Hugh Masekela and Mariam Makeba.

Jeremy Baptist says …

My wife is into drumming. I like the arabic and turkish music. Would like to win.

Debra says …

I love Youssou N'Dour's varied sounds.

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.

Amy T. says …

Would love to expand my CD collection and my musical horizons.....

Deborah says …

Putamayo introduces the world to world music in a wonderful way!

Cherrie Hanson says …

Ten years ago I discovered world music super group, Afro Celt Sound System and began collecting their entire discography. They are the least likely group to see live, but that's ok, the best seat is in your ear. If stranded on the island with one CD, I would choose Afro Celt Sound System and never tire of it, if it was the last music I ever heard.

LaTasha says …

I would love this series to dance and play with my daughter!

Rebecca Wish Esche says …

Love Putumayo's collections! Esp Latin music with women singing.

Shannon Cleckler says …

Ditto to the Thievery Corporation, as well as electronic artists Shpongle and O.T.T.

Linda Russell says …

Love the music! I hope to win a set! Thanks Whole Foods!

Lois Gould says …

This would probably be a gift for my daughter who collects the Putumayo CD's.

Marianne says …

Yay! I LOVE the Putamayo collections! I especially like to listen to the Italian and the French Cafe albums while I cook!

Joan says …

Sounds good to me! Always open to learn about new music.

Cheryl Harne says …

I love Cheb Khaled and a great multi-rhythmic album is Mundo from Ruben Blades. I'm a fan of all music, but the African Beats intrigues me most. I think I already own the Arabic Groove.

Carol Mazor says …

Looking to hearing this collection. My feet are tapping already

Sandra guardiola says …

Love Cuban music ever since I heard Ricky ricardo and love the soundtrack of The Mambo Kings new band I love is Grupo Fantasimo

Sandi C. says …

I don't have any previous CDs or a favorite, but I've liked earlier songs I've heard in stores from Putamayo. Oh, and I still do have a CD player, so I must be dating myself :)

Sandra says …

M.I.A. Ozomatli, Thievery Corp and of course~ Putumayo! :D

Anji Mabon says …

This is crazy...I was JUST looking at Amazon for Putumayo CDs yesterday!! I HAVE to win these. Perdy please... *hugs*

lisa knouse says …

Sounds awesome. Excited to give it a listen on my new Bowes.

david dyson says …

I love the Putumayo catalogue

Adriana says …

Great music!!

Natalie Allen says …

I don't have a favorite, as you asked. I would love to win these cd's, so my children and I could listen to and learn more about the music being made around the world!

sherri davis says …

I have owned and continue to listen to the sound of putanamayo from Cuba to Mala and beyond and the distincttive sound of Abraham Ferrer and the Buena Vista Social Club for a long time.

adel daghmouri says …

Africa, the craddle of Jazz, I love you.

Susie Duff says …

Thank you for touting Putomayo. Richard Page (former lead singer of Mister Mister and one of the most recorded voices in music history) has a brilliant new album entitled "Peculiar Life" produced by genius film composer and former rocker Richard Gibbs. "Peculiar Life" contains some of the most gorgeous music that I have ever heard in my entire life. This hauntingly beautiful work goes way beyond a collaboration between two distinct music styles: it is a tour de force of some the best musicians in the world who are absolutely at the top of their game and, as you'll hear, play as if they are thrilled to be together. Treat yourself and get this album. Thank you and take care.

gina says …

hmm, quite a few...I like thievery corporation, air, massive attack...i feel like they combine various styles

Sam says …

I have been listening to Putumayo since inseption. I have almost all their collection (over 120 CDs), and many duplicates that I shared with family & friends. Both my daughters teach Zumba and incorporate their unique routines with the Putumayo sounds. I listen every day to some of their music; and I remember having some samples in my car, when they were availanle; and twice some people approached me in the parking lot stting & listening, they commented on their apprexiation of the music; so after they got the introduction from me, I handed them a sample CD ... you should have seen their reaction. These last two CDs the LATIN & AFRICAN BEAT, are not in my collection yet. I do hope that Mr. Dan Storper will remember me, meeting him at both the Borders Bookstore & Whole Foods , before Katrina in New Orleans, or Kaveh in the Custormer relations in NY, whom I delt with on many occasions, would both remember my passion for Putumayo. I love everything Putumayo, and maybe I will win this time. Your goodwill Ambassador, Sam.

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