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Putumayo Celebrates Carnival in Rio with Brazilian Beat

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.

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Todd says …

The Brazilian beat is one that I do not have and would be a great addition to the collection of Puntumayo cd's that I have altready

April says …

Music makes everything better, especially when you are cooped up in an office setting all day, music gets me through!

Sasha says …

Love Brazilian music... playing some for my baby now.

Brent says …

Listening to Brazilian music always takes me back to the few months I spent in Rio, especially hearing it during a cold Midwestern winter. The music transports me to Ipanema, caipirihna in hand, listening to the waves and the sounds of the cavaquinho. Pure Alegria!

Kristen says …

Music is my lifeblood, it turns my emotions up and down, in the best way possible. <3

Claudia says …

Excelent beat even in winter, spring, summer of fall.

susan de cicco says …

Ive always loved these kind of cd`s!!

Emily Luker says …

Of course!!! Music while cooking dinner (especially Bach!) is really delightful.

Susan Wilson says …

Love Putymayo's world music. Can't wait to visit Brazil. This music will inspire me!

Francisco says …

The way you move with this music makes you alive !

Lisa says …

I lived in Brazil for 2 years and the music always makes me remember my time there fondly.

Monica says …

Music is great in the winter a it brightens the day.

sue becca says …

Bossa Nova oh Bossa Nova...so romantic, so sensual ossa nova...brings the fresh breeze of the ocean and the waves and cocnut tree leaves sounds to my mind..Better than getting this CD would be listen it laying on a hammock on Brazilian northeast coast! :)

Shaunna Cox says …

Music warms the soul!

dj says …

Sounds fabulous!

Lisa says …

We celebrate music and traditions from around the world with our children. The rhythm and beat of Putumayo would be a hit!

Tammy says …

Music is the food of the soul, and my appetite for it is insatiable!

says …

@Tammy I love your analogy and am definitely going to use that at some point since my soul's appetite is also insatiable. What a creative way to put that!

dorothy says …

I enjoy music from around the world especially Putumayo.

Doris says …

Music celebrates life. It links people through their souls. Putumayo label honors and connects people around the world. Arabic Groove rocks. I especially like Celtic music. The Uulian pipes have a haunting sound that feels eternal.

pamela murphy says …

well i do enjoy family and friends over we celebrate by pushing all furniture up against the walls and grab a partner and dance smile dance with the children or the geand-parents. just smile and dance. oh yeah!

amy says …

I love the Putumayo CDs. I have quite the collection and would love to add more!

christine skomro says …

I am 75 years old and studying the berimbau, how cool is that? :))))))))))))

Julie says …

Would love to warm up February by dancing in the kitchen with my kids to the Brazilian Putomayo CDs. Thanks for the offer!

Sarah says …

Oh wow! I love Putumayo!

Sonia Vining says …

I'm an elementary music teacher at Maple Elementary in West Bloomfield. We teach a very diverse population, but Brazilians aren't among them. A Putamayo collection would be a great chance to introduce music new to all of their cultures.

Maggie says …

Afro-Brazilian beats keep me dancing and shaking and feeling alive despite the generous dusting of snow outside!

Deb says …

I listen to Putumayo Hour on public radio whenever I can.

AK Simons says …

What's better than cooking to a lively beat? Busting out a bossa nova while making Brazilian stew! A delicious way to cook.

Vegan Power! says …

Love the Bosasa Nova!

Clare hinchion says …

My family and I really love different music from different countries Brazil sounds great!!

cynthia says …

Great music for family gatherings!!!

Linda Williams says …

Hi Dan! My husband, Dwight, just uploaded his first album on CD Baby the other day. It's called Second Wind Beginnings. We are gathering teaching materials for the Prime Tyme City Learning Center and love music representing different cultures so we would be honored to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Brazilian series. Thank you for the opportunity.

Sarah H. says …

A Brazilian lullaby CD kept me and my newborn daughter's spirits up during our extended hospital stay after her birth. These CDs would be the perfect "soundtrack" for the next chapter of our lives.

Darlene says …

I love music, I always have to have it on during the day and in the car. Brazilian music has the best beat, no matter what is going on in the World you can always feel happy and upbeat listening to the music.

Vicky says …

Music any time of the year is essential. I particularly enjoy Brazilian music ever since discovering David Byrne's compilations. It's some of the best music in the world - great for listening, dancing, and celebrating!

GINA STEVENS says …

I would love to win this!!! Although, it was seventy degrees today!!! Dancing to the brazilian beat would surely bring on the heat!!!

Jolene says …

Music takes you to another place. Especially world music. It takes me to places that I would love to see.

Megan says …

@Priscilla Here's a link to the Putumayo website for <a href="http://www.putumayo.com/putumayo_cds/kidscds" rel="nofollow">kids' music</a> and for the <a href="http://www.putumayo.com/putumayo_cds/europe" rel="nofollow">European line of CDs</a>. It looks like there are 4 different French CDs now!

Priscilla Kaufman says …

Doyou have or know any French song CDs from Whole Foods? All my CDs were stolen while I was in the hospital for 6 weeks after brain surgery. I had so many "helpers" at home who helped themselves to my car CD collection which my little girl and I loved. I finally was able to go back to Whole Foods, but the CD is not there. Does anyone know the name? There were 2 French CDs at the Rockville, Maryland Whole Foods. My then 3-year old would always say, "mama, play the silly song!".which was on that stolen CD. That was 2 years ago in 2010. We both loved music, and the crook took our favorites along with the CD case.

dj vancouver says …

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

Michael Hason says …

You can learn so many things about health and nutrition at Whole Foods website and even about music. Check out their blurb about Putamayo's new Brazilian Music CDs. Do you know what Indie influence is?

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