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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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Katarzyna says …

I love "Kapela ze wsi Warszawa" - they can mix traditional folk Polish music with new styles, melodies and beats and make it sound so refreshing!

Lazy Eyed Rasputin says …

Putumayo CDs is my favorite way to introduce global music to my daycare children! It's amazing to see the children dance and play to these lively and energizing beats!

Carol says …

Thank you for "putting Putumayo" in front of your customers -- making such wonderful world music easily available to everyone.

Debbie says …

I love this kind of music!! Can't wait to hear it.

Gigi says …

Loving the beats and grooves...keeps life spicy! Love to cook to beats!

Kelly Furlong-Rezac says …

would love to listen to! ;)

Loretta Lewis says …

Putumayo in the world

LG Paz says …

Here are 4 of my favorite "unexpected" collaboration's: Sarah McLachlan and Delirium - Silence Norah Jones wth Wax Poetic - Angels Jack White and Wanda Jackson - Shakin' All Over Calle 13 and Orishas - Pa'l Norte Look 'em up.. they are pretty nice :-) Enjoy.

Alice says …

Would love to hear the music. Thanks for the opportunity to wine it.

Donna says …

I enjoy a diversity of music. It is the spice of life. I look forward to hear the complilation. Music is the International Language!

Suzanne says …

The world is full of wonderful sounds!

Corri Gottesman says …

LOVE PUTUMAYO! THANKS FOR OFFERING THIS!

Jillian says …

Hello! This compilation would be such a great beat to listen to on my way to work (1.5 hour commute!) ! I enjoy listening to Tony Furtado, he does a great job of blending blues, banjo, latin, and an awesome beat to listen to over and over! I also love Rodrigo y Gabriela! Thanks WFM!!!

Tess says …

Love the Tango Around the World compilation--some of best music to tango to. Eso !!

Alice says …

Would love to hear the music. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

chang says …

love adriana calcanhoto so much! thax for the opportunity

Joyce Witherspoon says …

I am a big fan of the Putamayo Series of music, some of which I own: "Acoustic Africa" and my favourite, "Women of Africa". I would love to add these newest editions to my collections. Because of Putamayo, musicians of the world can be heard by evryone. Thanks to Whole Foods for offering the music of these wonderful and talented artists. Asante sana!

stuart says …

I just love this music so much.

Kit says …

It is very simple,Putumayo music can make anyone come alive,so much added spice to your life and gives you alot more flavor in the pot,so hot. love it! wow! give me more!

valerie h says …

this would be great to win :)

Melissa Durkin says …

Rodrigo y Gabriela. Great acoustic guitar music!

Michael Genung says …

Sweeney's Men, an Irish/Celtic group, incorporated the GREEK bouzouki into their sound in the Sixties. Being Scots-Irish but married to a Greek girl for almost forty years, their sound "resonates" with me/"my soul." Respectfully submitted, Michael in Fair Oaks

Surya says …

would love to win this one so I could use it in my preschool music class to expose the kids to world music.

Donna says …

I would like to listen to this new music. Thank you for enter me.

Jackie says …

We love the Putumayo series'. Can't wait to check this one out!

raymond says …

great rhythm and beat makes for a relaxing day

Jackie says …

My kids love to dance to the Putumayo music. Can't wait to hear this.

Nancy says …

I love world beat!

Latoyia Baskerville Smith says …

Me and my daughter love all the Putumayo collections!

Kat Schwartz says …

I was born is south africa and therefore have loved paul simon's graceland album.

Mia Bean says …

We love the Jamican version of No More Monkeys Jumpin on the Bed. My kids love it!

Patricia Cook says …

I would so love to win this!!! Love you Whole Foods!

Christina D. says …

My favorite band of all time is The Clash along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, and rockabilly. Love them. Also love Putamayo for bringing world music into a wider spectrum, this Beat series sounds very cool! Thanks for the chance at giveaway.

Elaine says …

I teach music and love using Putumayo's CDs with my classes.

Ingrid says …

Putumayo does a great job educating about different cultures through beautiful music, the universal language.

Chloe says …

Listening to the African Beat makes me get up and move! Love it!

Don Spates says …

This is the go-to source if you want other than tin pan alley.

Patricia Cook says …

I would so love to win this. Thanks for the chance!!

Lynne says …

I love Putumayo's music. I have about 6 albums, of which several are New Orleans music. My favorites are Zydeco songs, which incorporate Cajun and African rhythms.

Annie says …

drumming is primal and sinks deep into the soul no matter where it is from. Brings us all back to our roots.

Erica Morrell says …

I am sorry, but I cannot pick just one favorite artist or song! I love all of it, and enjoy the many Putumayo CDs I already have! Thanks for the chance to win this one, I'd love to add to my collection and build up my list of songs for my wedding next fall!

Amanda says …

love the african beat

Alison says …

As a music teacher, I use so many Putamayo CD's in my curriculum. Would love to add to the repertoire!

Suzanne Heneghan says …

I love Paul Simon - he often combines the best of pop music with African Beat for an eclectic mix - I love it!

Kelly says …

I got the chance to see Vieux Farka Touré at the Chicago stop of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in July. He put on quite the set. It was a great example of how music transcends language, heritage & class. I prefer music that has few lyrics or lyrics in a different language. Cuban artist, Segundo Compay & Paris based tango musicians, Gotan Project are some of my other favorites. I love the Putumayo collections! When I worked at Natural Wonders 14 years ago, they would sell & play their collections in the store. They were by far my favorite & I was ecstatic to find them on the web a short time ago when I finally figured out what they were called. Thank you! Music is art!!

Andrea Wolf says …

The set sounds fantastic. Can't wait to hear it. I have so many other Putumayo's ....I love them all!

Anna says …

I fell in love with Putumayo when my first child (of 3) was born seven years ago. All the children's collections are wonderful. It is so great to expose kids to the different cultures through the beautiful music!

lisbet says …

Portishead sampled jazz in a really interesting way. I also recently heard a band called Jazzmatazz who combine rap with jazz. A lot of contemporary kirtan combines electronic influences in an interesting way. I love love love Putumayo CDs btw.

Angie says …

My Husband is such a Fan of this music! I hope I win and then I can surprise him with it!

Mary says …

Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo blend Arabic music with elements of funk, swing-happy jazz and Latin rhythms. I really like the combination!

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