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Putumayo Celebrates Carnival in Rio with Brazilian Beat

By Dan Storper, February 11, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper

Read on for a chance to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Brazilian series. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music.

Warm up your winter and celebrate Carnival in Rio (or vicariously at home!) with Brazilian Beat, Putumayo’s latest release that uncovers the roots-influenced contemporary Brazilian music scene.

Glittering break beats are at home with bouncing berimbaus while rolling Afro-Brazilian rhythms, retro samba soul and velvety bossa nova vocals mesh and groove organically.

Selected from tens of thousands of songs collected by Putumayo to introduce new global music to broad audiences, Brazilian Beat chronicles the vibrant indie scene in Brazil and around the world. Musicians are taking samba, bossa nova, and MPB (Brazilian popular music) and deftly incorporating electronica, soul, funk and just about every other music imaginable.

Sultry or upbeat, the tracks on this compilation of hip, rootsy artists aim to raise listeners’ moods and introduce even die-hard fans to a new crop of Brazilian music innovators. Featured alongside unsung icons such as samba soul master Marcos Valle are rising new stars like Tita Lima, daughter of the bassist from psychedelic hipster darlings Os Mutantes.

Brazilian music has bubbled into an indie scene-to-beat-all-indie scenes in underground clubs and on small labels from São Paulo to Rome. You can go to Italy and find a hot bossa nova scene, and they have their own sound, like Roman bossa band BungaLove’s “Minha Loucura.” A diverse array of young musicians, such as Fino Colectivo, draw on Jorge Ben’s lush ’70s samba-soul sound—and transform it.

It’s a realm of discovery, even for ardent followers of global music. Brazilian Beat is available at most Whole Foods Market stores. Do you warm up your winter with music? Let us know how in the comments below for a chance to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Brazilian series.

Comment by February 22nd for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

Category: Music




Sam says ...
In the sometimes harsh MA winter, there's whole-some food and music to warm your soul (besides a heater). Music is a perfect accompaniment to good food and good company. I got introduced to World Music accidentally, when a friend sent a CD with mixed world music. I liked Bossa Nova and latino upbeat rhythm and a certain 'je ne said quoi' spice, it made a lasting impression and became a part of those times when you need something peppy to lift your soul.
02/15/2012 7:53:00 PM CST
Bob Rosenthal says ...
This would be fun to win
02/15/2012 7:50:19 PM CST
Heidi says ...
I've been listening to Brazilian music for 30 or so years, first introduced by Georges Collinet on Afropop Worldwide. Brazil has definitely got the idea when it comes to happy rhythms!
02/15/2012 7:56:04 PM CST
amy conatser says ...
Listening to music in the winter lifts me up to a joyful mood. Therefore, making me more happy and not suffering from the winter blues.
02/15/2012 7:56:31 PM CST
julie g stone says ...
My husband, 4 year old daughter and I keep it going during the colder winter months by putting music on in the kitchen every morning before work/school and every evening while dinner is cooking. Anything from Putumayo mixes (Italian Cafe, French Cafe, Global Soul or French Playground) to Grateful Dead to Dan Zanes - anything goes! We all grab instruments, sing and dance together...5/10 minutes or more gets us smiling and laughing and feeling good each day!
02/15/2012 8:40:46 PM CST
Cheryl Honesty says ...
Percussion is the core, the soul, the foundation of most folk culture's music. This resonates thru our souls when listening to Brazilian music. The African beat, percussion experience guides us to feel as we listen. My body naturally moves when the sounds resonate the air. I love it.
02/15/2012 7:55:43 PM CST
Michele says ...
We love Putamayo CDs in our house and after seeing Rio, my son has been in love with samba and bossa nova. This would be a great addition to our collection. Thanks for the giveaway!
02/15/2012 7:55:45 PM CST
annie says ...
I love brasilian music!!!
02/19/2012 11:19:11 AM CST
Amy Frasard says ...
One of my favorite things to do in the Winter is to turn on some sort of reggae, Latin or other international music when I cook. I love to chop and dice to the beat and get my family dancing around me waiting for their meal! We would love some music to groove too....thank you!!
02/15/2012 8:39:29 PM CST
Jerry says ...
I love music in general, but Brazilian music just makes me want to get up and move! Putumayo's CD's are a great way to get into new cultures and they all sound great!
02/15/2012 8:01:04 PM CST
Lenka Z. says ...
I find music to be one of the easiest ways to soothe the mind and body and high energy music such as this style is so perfect for spicing up cold winter days. I so look forward to hearing them!
02/15/2012 8:00:38 PM CST
Roger says ...
Great music to work to, dance to, cook to!
02/17/2012 6:55:46 AM CST
Gaile says ...
Music is my soul food. It accompanies me through the daily flow of lifes joys and passions, challenges and tears. World music, classical, big band swing, Joni Mitchell, Gaga, and beyond. It's always with me as the internal sound, the breath of life.
02/15/2012 10:04:34 PM CST
Carole G says ...
...play on Putumayo ...celebrating the jazz, the beat, the brazil in me ...
02/16/2012 7:13:50 AM CST
Bernice says ...
I would love to win this CD set!!
02/15/2012 9:28:58 PM CST
lisa b says ...
When its dreary and gloomy in the winter, music brings sunshine to my heart
02/15/2012 9:29:00 PM CST
Barb France says ...
I love Brazilian music! It is so great to dance to. Used to go to SOB's in NYC, that's Sounds of Brazil. Wild place....
02/17/2012 9:40:14 PM CST
Danah says ...
02/18/2012 7:59:28 AM CST
Adele says ...
Nothing I love better than throwing another log on the fire and curling up on the sofa while tuning in to the French-Canadian station "Espace Musique" from Radio Canada...they play a wonderful mix of classical, jazz and world music...great for chasing away those winter blues.
02/19/2012 3:41:01 PM CST
William Imperato says ...
I love the Brazilian drinks!
02/19/2012 1:22:21 PM CST
elizabeth kohls says ...
I love this music! It really warms up cold winter days
02/15/2012 8:03:42 PM CST
cicero offerle says ...
In the wintertime I play different multicultural music with my four and five year old preschoolers at notre dame. We also play instrument and maracas...to go along with the music!
02/15/2012 8:05:20 PM CST
michelle says ...
Winter, spring, summer, fall... I can't think of any time during the year that music doesn't heat up the world, especially when you're listening to the fiery and passionate styles of South America. During the winter for me, I like to play brighter, faster music fusing traditional Latin/South American influences with more modern beats and rhythms -- think Wally Lopez to get things started. Takes my mind off the fact that it is absolutely butt freezing outside. Or I slow it way down and enjoy something like Diego el Cigala while I cuddle up in my pjs, furry booties, and a good book. I love it all! I just hope one day to travel through South America and get a feeling for where this music comes from.
02/15/2012 8:02:31 PM CST
Michele Brown says ...
I love cooking while listening to a Brazilian music. I think it makes my food taste even yummier.
02/15/2012 8:02:19 PM CST
Jeanne says ...
We have Putumayo Kids Latin Playground and love it! I'd love some Brazilian music for me and the other grownups in the house too!
02/15/2012 8:14:36 PM CST