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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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Lana C. says …

I so loved the Israeli Putumayo CD and the Brazilian Acoustic CD, you guys compile such beautiful music, my ears appreciate it! Can't wait to hear this new series from Putumayo!

Kristine Villena says …

Putumayo CDs is one of the CDs with such great beat to listen with and is worth the money. I have a collection of these CDs.

Natalie L says …

I like the collaboration of latin jazz and R&B in Stevie Wonder's Don't you Worry 'bout a Thing.

Nancy says …

Another winner from Putumayo!

Christopher says …

Two styles is beautiful music look no further than the Grateful Dead at the Gizah Sound and Light Theater at the base of the pyramids in Egypt 9-16-78. Hamza El Din with other Egyptian percussonists join the Dead playing the hypnotic Ollin Arrageed into Fire on the Mountain...Did anyone say total solar eclipse!

Lynn says …

One many others have mentioned - I love the Paul Simon collaborative album, "Graceland." Not very knowledgeable about other collaborations, but this 4-CD set sounds like I'd REALLY like it!

Zeke says …

I enjoy Afro-Latin collaborations, i feel they achieve a perfect balance.

Karen says …

likewise this reminds me of the sounds of Paul Simon's Graceland album.

Stephen Craft says …

Oh, where to start. Professor Trance and the Energizers combines African and Trance. Delerium is African Celtic and AfroCelt is similar. Johnny Clegg is African combined with many styles.

betsy kain says …

Their music is terrific! I play one CD over and over. Maybe this canare helping us work on increasing world peace so desperately needed right now. Thank you. betsy

betsy kain says …

Their music is terrific! I play one CD over and over. Maybe this can amd are helping us work on increasing world peace so desperately needed right now. Thank you. betsy

Cecelia Thornton says …

Not sure that it's a collaboration between distinct styles but I love Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela together, or solo for that matter. Wonderful, soulful music.

Jan says …

If I don't win, I'll just have to buy them!

lori says …

I love Playing for Change! The songs around the world concept is wonderful. The videos are top quality. If you're not familiar with PFC, check them out on YouTube...you won't be disappointed.

debbie says …

My kids love the Putumayo CD "European Playground". We play it every morning to get ready for school.

Teri Goldstein says …

I have my own tour company, Travels with Teri, which specializes in India & Asia so I am partial to that neck of the woods! I love Ravi Shankar as his sound blends traditional India sitar with new beat compositions creating an innovative sound that is still considered classical. BTW I have Putumayo's India which is fantastic!

Elizabeth Black says …

Love this label !

crabpaws says …

I've always loved Ry Cooder.

Wendy Hays says …

LOVE Putamayo! There are two blends I'd like to see: From the Atlantic/Caribbean, Cuban rhythm mixed with From the Pacific, Hawaiian rhythm. The other mix: Hawaiian strains blended with the Middle East. From an early adopter, Cheers!

Lauri Krysl says …

I would love to win this for a friend that just absolutely loves Latin music. I might just buy it anyway.

Gary Larson says …

i like to run to a variety of music. i hpe go get the chance to run to the interesting sounding beat of Putumayo! In Good Health,

Mary R. Lynn says …

very motivating

Melanie Bergmann says …

We love the Animal Playground CD from Putumayo... can't wait to hear this!

Katie H. says …

Love African grooves. I'm doing a drumming unit with my students in January. It will be a blast.

angie says …

I love the group Deep Forest. They mix electronica music with the sounds/songs/stories of native peoples from all over the world.

Larry says …

Love world and traditional music. Keep it comming!

Grethel Mendez de Sanchez says …

Putumayo is doing a Wonderful work by supporting worldwide music. Music enriches our lives making every day just great! At the same time, thanks to Putumayo, we can learn so much about every region in the world's culture.

Mary says …

I have many CD's from the Putumayo collection. I have enjoyed all of them! These look like a great addition to my collection!

Mary says …

I have several Putumayo CD's. I enjoy the "Women of Jazz" Cd. I recently came across Melody Gardot and she is on the CD. I love her style!

Meenakshi says …

I am a newbie to fusion music but my Zumba teacher's proclivity for fusion music - Latin, Arabic and African...would love to win the CDs and open my mind and senses to a new music experience :)

Phoenix says …

I'm not familiar with these styles of music, but I like everything Putumayo produces.

Kelly Kirk says …

I would say my favorite all time collaboration of musicians was Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mombasa. I also like Jeff Bridges for his crossing over between country and light rock. Robbie Robertson is a musician who picks and chooses what styles of music work for him with a strong rhythm and blues foundation. All of the Putumayo CD's I have heard have been beautiful. I look forward to these.

Bernadine says …

I am thrilled and really would love to hear the compillation.

Sam says …

I really like this song my Don Omar ft Lucenzo "Danza Kuduro." It's a very lively mixture of pop and traditional Latin music.

Crystal Styers says …

I love my montrose whole foods so the cd would be great fun and the gift card!!! I <3 WHOLE FOODS!!!!!! It's a wonderful place and the people are amazing- Kemi at the cafe is super awesome and the vitamin girls and guys rule ! I am very thank to this company and love amything they support so this music must be diano-might!!!!!

Chris says …

Speaking of beats and grooves: Thievery Corporation and Groove Armada.

Gina says …

All these years later, I still really enjoy listening to Paul Simon's collaborative work with Ladysmith Black Mombazo on his Graceland album.

Ellie says …

I like Xavier Naidoo's European take on R&B

Carli says …

Looking forward to listening to the new compilations.

Ree Bolton says …

Putumayo publishes such wonderful music! I do hope I win this one! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Karen says …

Would love to have this music for when I teach Pilates!

Jennifer Esquia says …

So excited about this 4 cd set. Being Cuban I was raised with these percussion masters playing loud in the background of our family events. I would love to win this set... If not I will just buy it.

molly says …

i can't wait to hear this!

Marianne Meyers says …

Gypsy Groove and Turkish Groove are 2 of my most played cds!

Rose says …

I love Whole Foods Market!

Karen R. says …

I love drumming. I have Native American, African, and other cd's that are good for relaxation therapy. I also have a djin djin drum that I drum to the music with. Just for enjoyment and a get away. Please enter me into the sweepstake to win one of the sets. Thank you.

Amy Kaufman says …

I am all for grooving to new music!! Would love to win this!

Amanda Wolfe says …

Love everything Putumayo puts out... they helped me broaden my own musical tastes. I'm looking forward to the 4 CD set, it looks awesome!

LeeAnn P. says …

I don't know that I have a fave but I do like a lot of different music styles. I love the Hawaiian slack key guitar mixed with up tempo styles.

Karen R. says …

I also love the Whole Foods Market. I bought scented oils from there and fresh produce. I love the eclecticness of what the store brings. Wide variety of stuff.

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