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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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Catherine says …

My kids love their Putamayo CDs. Our favorites are Animal Playground and World Playground.

Viva says …

I own Putomayo World Playground (for kids). I love the music on this cd. It's something that all ages can really enjoy. I'd love to get the beat and groove set too. Thanks!

Heather says …

I really like Ozomatli who mixes latin music with hip/hop/rap rythms.

Kathy says …

I don't know much about the different groups but did enjoy the music when we were in Africa

Lara says …

Even if I don't win, I'll check out the African Beat CD!

Lydia says …

Would love to move to the beat!

Alicia says …

Can't wait to check these out!

nancy miller says …

I love you WHOLE FOODS!

Cathleen Washington says …

love their childrens cd's :-)

Liz Gwinnett says …

I have a couple of the Puumayo CD's and I give them as gifts. Looking forward to hearing this one. Thank you!

Colleen McCallister says …

The music of Ghana was the most enticing sound when I was there on missions outreaches. The joy of the people simply overflows at the first beat of the drum, and the entire community joins together in dance; in the midst of such intense poverty, there is thankfulness and rejoicing. The music simply sets the soul free to rejoice. smiles

Denise Koss says …

I actually grew up in Africa and spent a lot of time in Brazil and Bolivia. I would love these CDs.

Lisa neilson says …

Love your arrangements! Looking forward to these new ones.

stravo lukos says …

i love putumayo's line of world music. it is food for the soul.

Rebecca bolduc says …

Putamayo makes the best music! I would love to add these to my collection!

Shideh says …

I love world music, especially collaborations/fusions. One of my faves is Pink Martini.

Linda says …

Can't wait to hear this music! Love Whole Foods Market!

Ide says …

I <3 Whole Foods and I <3 Putumayo!! Great combination!

Candace says …

I love using the Putomayo for my fitness classes, and I'd love to own these two. Thank you!

Stephanie Palmieri says …

I love the Brazilian Playground... I bet I will love these too!

Kristi says …

I love Putumayo's compilations! I sometimes DJ a freestyle dance jam and it would be great to have some new world music for our collection.

susan white says …

It sounds like the kind of music that would be perfect to listen to while power walking my dogs for 3 miles each day!! It would keep me in motion!!

Debbie Cauble says …

I'm a big fan of Putumayo recordings and would love to win these. Thanks for carrying this music in your stores.

Analee says …

I'm from Belize, where Latin Am and Caribbean sounds are blended. I can't wait to hear these latest CDs. Maybe I'll win them;)

Susan Cottingham says …

African Playground is one of my favorite CDs, I can't wait to hear these néw CDs.

Katharine DeAnda says …

Jut listened to Zonza and Locuraleza, and they are HOT! Love, love, love World Music especially Latin. What a great deal to win these CD's. Please count me in. Oh, and by the way, love, love, love Whole Foods. You guys are awesome!

Lisa says …

I do not have a favorite group that showcases collaboration between musical styles, but I do have a Putumayo CD (American Blues) that I adore. I would love to win this giveaway and add to my collection!

Lizzy Vera says …

We have one of the older CD"s and it's my daughter's favorite. If she these ones in your store, she will be the first to grab one!

Belinda says …

I like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole a.k.a. "IZ". My favorite song is Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He takes the song and puts it to Hawaiian music. I also like this group.

Mike says …

My children are of Latin decent on my wife's side. My children will enjoy this music.

Laura Titschler says …

I must have these cd's for my work with Reiki and other energy healing/yoga therapies!!! Love World Music and love Whole Foods!!!!

Jean says …

Anxiously awaiting!

Jeanne says …

I LOVE Putumayo CD's! I have five of them.

Susan Swyt says …

New Putumayo CD? Sounds like a good excuse to have a party!

Celeste says …

Love the Putumayo CDs. They give me samples of wonderful music from around the world. And some of the tracks become my favorites. Good day!

Nelly drevet says …

I have the Asian the World and Arabic Groove, world lounge. Yep I like the ecleptic style and rythme of Putumayo. Ready to get another flavor :)

Coleen says …

Love putumayo music... always my go to for a wide variety of world music. My favorite song from them that has different music styles is Samba Triste by Anna de Hollandra. great mix of samba with jazz.

Rob says …

favorite song that mixes... Minor swing: to django by children of the revolution from Putamayo 2005 sampler.

cindy says …

This sounds like a perfect way to remind me that summer will return while enduring the long, dark and cold days of winter!

rob silveira says …

I love the drumming and I love Whole Foods !!

Amita says …

I'm a big Putumayo fan!!

Laila says …

I love the selection of music at whole foods because it's so eclectic!

Freddrick Bobo says …

Sweet!!!

Candee Courtney says …

Great store. Nice employees, and very helpful. Keep hoping you will open a Whole Foods in Saint Augustine, Florida (hint-hint). :)

SaRonn M. says …

Putumayo creates such wonderful blends of music...I call it my happy music because it fills my soul with goodness.

Cosmic3 says …

Love putumayo!

Allison Evans says …

i haven't won anything yet, but I would love to get this!

d. butler says …

Way toto go!

Andy Henig says …

I have been a Putumayo supporter since they opened their store on the Upper West Side. When they started coming out with CD's I fell in love with the concept. Can't wait to hear the latest.

Sharyn O. says …

I like Peter Gabriel's Middle Eastern collaborations.

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