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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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Heather Torrance says …

This sounds like an exciting collection!

Mary Dixon says …

I have been listening to Putumayo music for at least 15 years. It is so refreshing and lively always the best songs and rythmns. I have not heard this set but all the other sets thatI have are my favorite especially the Women of the World. I hope Putumayo music will be around for a long time. Every time I'm in the Whole Foods store I always look for you stands around the cash registers to see what's new and exciting in your world of music. Keep up the good work for there is nothing like the healing power of music! Yours musically, Mary

Stephen Garanin says …

The Brazilian beat is one of the best to cook to! That a glass of nice wine and friends, what more does one need?

lisa smith-lopez says …

I have some these CD's for my children & they love them...

Bonnie Parri says …

ZUMBA! The best most fun exercise yet!

stephen says …

Brazilian music has the beat with which to cook. Galss of wine, friends and music. way to go!

Lori A says …

This set would spice up my days and nights! Samba!!

hillary says …

music makes everything better!

Debra says …

I have not ever heard this music, but would love the opportunity to expand my music list.

Peggy says …

I am a true believer in music's value as therapy and rely on it to warm me up physically and mentally. I was just introduced to Cuban/African jazz and now very excited about exploring the Brazilian beat - an entire area of music I have ignored for some unfathomable reason.

Cornelius says …

Yes. Or I would if we had winter weather. Please enter me for the CDs.

Kimberly says …

I have so many Putumayo CDs. I absolutely love putting them in my CD player while cleaning the house. The rhythms really get me in a mood to move! I love the exposure to the music of other cultures as well. I am a huge fan!

Venessa says …

Music does make wintertime more upbeat, but I like it year round. These CD's look great!

Allen says …

I am always looking for new music to listen outside of mainstream, hearing the same songs every 15 minutes. I love world beat and eclectric music. I do have brazilian music in my collection but not Putomayo. I starve for something new and upbeat.

Kelly M Stanizzo says …

Just by closing your eyes & listening to Brazillian music can turn any gray cold winter day into a fun, warm "Carnival" type feeling!! The music itself fills you with joy & makes you want to dance!! It doesn't matter if you don't know the correct dance moves, the key is just getting up & moving will make anyone feel better!! It's a prescription for the winter blues!!! AWESOME!!

Carol Ann says …

I have had many music influences in my life, including my uncle who trained and performed Spanish guitar. He also introduced me to jazz and my search for music grew from there and Putumayo was a great help in my search. Brazilian music entered our house about 10 years (or more) ago. Often it is pulled out for cooking and creating in the kitchen as well as hot sultry nights in the backyard. It keeps us moving!

Bett Potazek says …

Music can transform the ordinary into extraordinary. Dinner time turns into a mini-vacation away from winter with great music and food to match! I would love to add this collection to our "travel plans".

edith says …

I love the Brazilian music. I visit in 2006. The samba is a fun dance.

Jenni says …

I love upbeat music in the winter, the kind that reminds me of summer beach parties!

Pheng says …

Truly upbeat!

Theresa says …

I love the Putumayo CD's and listen to them all year long. I have a collection of these CD's. It would be great to have the Brazilian series to add to my collection.

Shirley says …

Yes, there's music on most of the time in my house!

Babs says …

These cds are great for the whole family! My 2 year old son loves them and even the grandparents love the variety of different music Putumayo offers!

Bev says …

I really don't like exercising and even tho I'm a "senior citizen" I love to dance and this would be great to exercise dancing around the house to.

linda rubin says …

i have been a fan of brazilian jazz since the 60's. antonio carlos jobim, astrub gilberto, sergio mendes, jao gilberto, ivan lins, etc. picked on by my friends in thoose days as brazilian jazz was not yet mainstream. i adore it. very sensuous and gets my juices going, to to speak. as a recent brain surgery, brain tumor survivor it would surely brighten my mood and pique my health to win the set. thanks.

Amy says …

I believe that it is important for children to hear all types of music from African to Israeli from Jazz to Classical. I would love to have this set for my 2 boys to listen to in the car and at home to expand their music genres!

GB says …

I NEED a new beat in my life!

Barbara says …

I would just love to win this,and so would my daughter.

Shannon says …

I warm up my winters with Latin dancing. I've taken both Salsa and Bachata classes and turn on music to practice, as well as to workout. Salsa dancing will definitely cause you to break a sweat. It's great fun and exercise...but of course the music is what really makes it!

Dalia says …

Brazil was the first vacation that my husband (then boyfriend) took together, back in 2001. Now when we play Latin music and dance around the house we break into smiles with memories of that trip, and our 4 year old daughter always joins in the fun!

Linda K says …

I love music like this such a great beat! It makes you want to get up and exercise. I would love the set.

Jill says …

I want to expose my two year old son to more world music and I love listening to Brazilian music too!

Noah Vice says …

I think Shakespeare summed it up best: "If music be the food of love, play on." I can't wait to crank this on the stereo and cook up a feast!

Natalie SOkoloff says …

The rhythms of Brazilian music are fantastic. It opens one's senses and one's heart. Enjoy. Natalie

BJ says …

I love the Brazilian music, not only does it get me moving which sometimes is no easy feat! It boost my mood, making me smile and dream.. It'sproven to be a great mood lifter getting me thru a long and often dreary winter.I love the energy.. However it is equally as wonderful back ground music for a summer party, It sets a great tone. I have a couple Putumayo cd's and they are wonderful. I have never been unhappy with my choices.

Liway says …

Brazilian music is so invigorating and enticing, one cannot help but get swayed into a happier mood -- in spite of the temperature outside. A great pick-me-up-er!

Lisa Kezios says …

A friends cd collection was stolen from her car. I have been going through my cd's and giving her some. This was would make a nice surprise for her

Susan says …

This. USC sounds amazing...pick me please!!!

Linda says …

ALL Putumayo's CDs warm my world! Many songs are from the tropical parts of our little earth--love the beat and variety of the music in this world. Gets you out of your everyday existance. Latino/Brazilian music warms wintery Boston.

Taylor says …

The first line of David Byrne's Brazilian themed "Rei Momo" always gets my blood pumping; what a great album for those wanting Brazilian music with English lyrics!

Gerry Humphrey says …

I love listening to music while working or relaxing especially something that isn't on the radio all the time. This sounds like a great set.

nik says …

We have a friend who is an amazingly talented percussionist so we warm up by hanging out with him in his studio and going to his performances. Really gets you moving!

Teddy Sanchez says …

I love Brazilian music. As a preteen, I learned how to speak Portuguese by listening to Brazilian music. It all started with Lambada!!! :)

Susan White says …

nothing like dancing to Brazilian music

Irina says …

Brazil- one of the greatest countries i've been too.. they make fresh acai drinks right in front of you

susan says …

I neve rheard this music but it sounds like a wonderful way to help me de-stress and relax!!! Would love to be that lucky winner.

Sooyeon says …

I like Latin music! I want to win! Please let me win! Pick me pick me pick choose me choose me choose me!

Tina says …

Carnival in Rio...... ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! If I cant leave Michigan this winter.... I would love to listen to some hot Brazilian music!!

Kathy says …

I LOVE Putumayo's World Music for Kids! My daughter and I have sung it together over and over, all the songs on the cd. And she is thrity-three! Upbeat, full of rhythm, and fun.

Sabine G says …

Music makes everything better, even winter! I love the Putumayo CD's. Would love to have the Brazilian Series, please :)

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