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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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rena taylor says …

I like the idea of the fusion of two sounds.

Robin says …

Love these cd's I have Asian Groove and just bought Turkish Groove! Great mood setters! :)

Dana G says …

There are a number of good albums of opera singers performing jazz - Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming come to mind.

chelley hopson says …

I love Putumayo!

Mark DuVall says …

New Beat is awesome.

ginger says …

World music is so interesting....I have several CD's of music from around the world and absolutely love it!

Shawn DuPre says …

I would love to win this!

Joy kelley says …

The music brings to mine what is happening in San Francisco, where several groups are integrating cellos and violins into their samba groups.

Ella says …

Looking forward to hearing the more modern styles on these collections!

kate latimer says …

Sounds amazing! Can't wait to check it out.

Uschi says …

love the whole food market my favorite store ... best of all, I live right across from the whole food market. I would love to win the 4-CD set from Putumayo’

ML says …

Turkish Beat--I can't wait to hear that one!

Laureen says …

I like the song Vino Lubirea Mea on the Gypsy Groove album. The song sounds like a mix of Gypsy, Arabic and perhaps African drumming. Thanks for the chance to win!

Louis says …

Like their African, especially Toure & Nusrat Fateh

Michelle says …

I've done Zumba classes to Putumayo music ... love it!!

colleen says …

I love all your compilations and would love to share this with my clients. I have been playing Putumayo's work for years. Hope to win a few more.

sandra says …

More wonderful music from Putamayo...looking forward to it

Cheryl Ruckel says …

I can't wait to use my gift card to enjoy the beat!!

N Payne says …

My favorite CD is Congo to Cuba. I love it so much I had to buy it twice because I played the 1st one so much it would just skip & stop all the time. I even give that Cd as a gift to all my music lover friends.

Diane McCue says …

I love going to my Whole Foods in Fort Collins and was so glad to be able to shop in Las Vegas. Hooray for Whole Foods and all the products they offer.

Terry SEGAL says …

I love their music!

John says …

One of my favorite mixes of musical bases and cultural rhythms with various languages thrown (making the sounds even more seductive and expansive) is the music of Cesaria Evora. Her voice is luscious and provocative and it makes me dream of exotic places and people. She is phenomenal!

Eddy says …

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

DAVID D. BAKER says …

Excited to hear the music !

Terry says …

I've always enjoyed everything I've heard from Putumayo ... I love drumming and I love any type of world beat music. I especially enjoy the African music of Oliver Mtukudzi. This sounds like a wonderful compilation that I would love to own. Thank you for the chance of winning this.

Pete says …

Sounds like a great collection!

Sarah Fishburn says …

Fishtank Ensemble. But they cover MORE than two distinct styles!

carla parsi says …

Putumayo Music always produces the perfect sounds and traditions of the world. Exceptional music,

Linda says …

This will really date me, but I have always loved Paul Simon's collaboration with the Incan music of Urubamba.... I was fortunate to have seen him play with them live in Binghamton, NY many decades ago. The Incan panpipe flutes have such a beautifully haunting sound.

Odarka Stockert says …

Love WHole foods and Puntumayo Recordings!!! Thanks!

Barb says …

I love the cd's that Putumayo puts out! They are great because I'm always hearing something that is new to me. I don't think I really new what world music was until I came across their cd's. And they keep coming out with more- way to go!

Richard Brandt says …

Well, you know, you can't beat Aerosmith and Run-DMC on "Walk This Way." But, seriously, big fan of Putumayo's collections here.

Mary says …

I love Putumayo! I have many playlists with music from their compilations -- some for working out, some for cooking, and some for gentle "mood" music.

Kim Sandoval says …

Paul Simon's Graceland is one of my all-time favorite albums

Helen H says …

Love Putumayo!

Melissa says …

Would love to win this CD set! This is music that really relaxes the soul.

Kari Ehrhardt says …

Sounds like a wonderful, eclectic mix of African music.

Kathy A. says …

We have a set a music from a girls' school in Africa. It's the perfect music when we have a backyard patio and for listening to on long car trips. We're excited to hear this one and would love to win it for our CDcollection!

liisa says …

I've always found new favorites on these CDs.

Shenandoah says …

Our dance troupe would love to hear the Arabic Groove!

Jo says …

I love the Stray Cats. They play Rockabilly (rock and hillbilly) and swing. My favorite song of theirs is "Rock This Town."

April says …

My pre-school class travels the world to learn the alphabet, from Athens to Zambia. I love having music from the different locations that we visit to share with them. I have many Putumayo cd's already and would love to win this 4-cd set to add to the collection.

Meghan says …

Great music that I know my son would love!

AC Brandt says …

I am a big fan of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It's a beautiful rendition.

CAROL HAYES says …

LOVE THEIR MUSIC!

Piper Kirkpatrick says …

I love these CD's. as does my daughter!

Liz says …

I really love Buena Vista Social Club and my Sirius radio is always tuned to the station Caliente.

Jan Harris says …

Love your music CD's! Would love to win these!

kathleen says …

An inexpensive way to relax: go to Barnes/Noble and listen to all of the Putumayo on the headphones! Wouldn't that be cool to actually own a set!

Robin O says …

I love the fiddling group Halali. They somehow manage to mix traditional genres like Scottish, Irish, Quebecois, Old Time Appalachian, Cape Breton, and Scandinavian. I always enjoy discovering new music!

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