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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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Kimble Pendley says …

As I cruise this website, I don't know what I yearn for more -- hot food prepared from these fabulous recipes or the haunting rhythms from these CDs. If I win, I can have both!

Greg says …

I'm listening to a band called The Very Best. Good sound!

Therese T. says …

We have Gypsy Groove and Latin Groove on constant repeat in our music player. I was introduced to Xavier Naidoo when I was in Germany; imagine my surprise and pleasure when I heard his African heritage shine through his music! I'd love to get more Putumayo!

Eva R. says …

This kind of music is new to me but I would like to add some to my collection.

Trish Park says …

This is great patio music, takes me on vacation!

Ilianna says …

Tito Puente has always been a favorite. Recently saw Sheila E and remembered her talent a well.

Abigail Cary says …

I love the group Rupa and the April Fishes. They combine North American, South American, European, and lots of other types of "sounds" to create truly groovy music. Here's a link to their website: http://theaprilfishes.com/about.html

sabine says …

Love Whole Foods, Love Putamayo music, lived in Africa for 7 years for humanitarian work, am European, and absolutely love world music!

Ken says …

I had a friend who was a mixture of Puerto Rican and Cuban -- I enjoyed listening to wonderful mixtures of Cuban and Latin music with her and would love to win these CD sets.

Alicia Caballero says …

Well I must say, it's always because of Whole Foods I open my eyes and ears to world music and definitely will keep on with this eccletic sound.

Toni says …

Can't really think of one, but this one sounds great.

Amy says …

gotta love Putumayo!

Rhea says …

A collaboration between two distinct music styles is exemplified by the Moody Blues music. They combined rock with classic symphonic styling for many songs, and fusions of beat, gospel, and Indian for others. The Moody Blues were great innovators and one of my favorite groups.

Darlene T says …

I would love to win this.

Jennifer says …

I think Santana's music is an amazing blend of music with Latin, calypso, and contemporary genres. He has his own unique style & his duets with contemporary artists are wonderful. He is a classic and talented songwriter.

Sonya says …

I love the Putamayo CDs - they always bring life to my playlist.

Dale Baker says …

I look forward to hearing these new compilations. Thanks!

Umberto Amante says …

I have found the Putumayo CDs to be of the highest quality in both the choice of music and the audio quality. You can't go wrong getting a Putumayo CD.

Linda MacDonald says …

Love sharing the heart and soul of sounds from around the globe. How fortunate we are in the 21st. c. to be able to experience these musical gifts.

michele says …

I always enjoy Putumayo's compilations! Looking forward to hearing the new ones. Love Whole Foods too!!!!

Dana says …

This would be interesting to hear and probably to work out wi9th. I listen to Christian music on ksbj 89.3 so its interesting to hear the distinct style of rap or rock with a Chrisian theme.

Elssy Zapata says …

Have loved Putumayo's music for a long time. In Latin Beat, I truly enjoy the modern versions of Cumbia, the Cuban son and the Gypsy flamenco. It is wonderful to see young Latins enjoying the music of older generations with a new beat. The legacy continues...

Dara Moskowitz says …

My grandson has been taking drum lessons for years, and I'd love to win this for him!

Jessica says …

I'm a teacher and I love to play all the putumayo c.d.'s for my students. It's a great way for them to be exposed to different cultures!

Clarissa Duran says …

I LOVE Putumayo!!! I have two of their CD's and would love to own another!

John Little says …

Love percussion. Must hear this ensemble. JL

Marissa says …

Love this music--all the CDs are great. Will be able to use this for my workout time and relaxation.

Lindsy Wallace says …

Would love this!

Ginger says …

For years this has always been the catchiest music.I would love to have the CDs to listen to while I prepare meals and do housework!

Gloria says …

Love shopping at Whole Foods Market and love listening to Putumayo World Music. Lila Downs, who has a unique style and sound, is one of my favs. Thank you for the chance to win this set.

Sharon Jones says …

I love the kids cd's I am a nanny and listen to them all the time with my little ones. tx for entry

david dyson says …

I love their line of music

David Linton says …

From Desmond Decker to Staff Benda Bilili "world music" should be explored & celebrated! like food or wine from throughout the world, it expands our palate & allows us to understand our fellow man!

Karen says …

I haven't heard the music, but friends say I would like the CD's.

Sonya says …

I love Putumayo and would so enjoy having this CD set!

Lynne M. Meyer says …

Paul Simon's Graceland is still a favorite of mine. It really introduced me to both genres.

Judy Zafereo says …

Oh my goodness, we would LOVE to win this! I love exposing my 4 & 2 year old sons to new music! They already can identify a variety of instruments by listening to songs and love the flamenco jazz cds I own already! I would love to add this music to our family's playlist, it sounds fantastic! Pick me!

Kathy says …

I love Putumayo's compilations!

Marie says …

'Sounds' like a fun cd set.

Anne Jones says …

A singer, songwriter new to me is Annie Clark, recently showcased on NPR and performing under the name St. Vincent. She has a sweet voice over unusual, strange electronic music and guitar sounds. Her collaborative style is intriguing. Her newest album, Strange Mercy, contains songs that are often autobiographical but she refrains from explaining, preferring that the music speak for itself.

nancy says …

We all could stand to hear some good beat these days

Tony says …

Graceland! Yes, that's a great choice. For some reason, I think of Ry Cooder's work on Buena Vista Social Club. He added some of his guitar style to the traditional Cuban (folk) songs.

rose r says …

Have bought several of putamayo's cd's in the past. looking forwards to hearing the arabic groove series. Thanks for your wide range - you have broadened mine.

sam says …

I am sure with all that I listen to and what my three children listen to that there is more than one collaboration of opposite styles - but I can't think of one off the top of my head. Though one of my favorite TV programs is CMT Crossroads (Country Music Television) - where they take a country musician and pair them with an opposite - like Train and Martina McBride, Keith Urban and John Mayer.

Leslie Inman says …

We love music in our house- this would be a welcome addition to our collection that we like to have grow and be diverse!

Agnes P. says …

I am trying to get my "groove" back and would love to dance with my sons around our new home while we connect to our Motherland Roots! We love music!!

Thomas Boggs says …

I have absolutely no idea who these people are but they sound like something that I really ought to hear!

genesis says …

I don't have a favorite group that does this, but it does sound really awesome!

Pam Suver says …

Love this kind of music!

Susan Swyt says …

Must. Have. This. More than anything, just to update my music from King Sunny Ade and Fela.

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