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Susan H. says ...
The at-risk kids I work with love African Groove, as do I. When I'm home, getting the cleaning done I love to listen to Women of Spirit and I get to mentally travel somewhere else while the mundane gets done.
02/04/2010 9:14:46 AM CST
Gail says ...
I'm really enjoying the New Orleans collection I recently purchased. These cd's aare getting me in the mood for Mardi Gras.
02/04/2010 9:15:28 AM CST
Alyssa says ...
I like hearing new things everyday. Today I heard a group from the Sahara and was completely won over. It's really wonderful to have this music in the middle of Whole Foods, rather than pairing cheese with wine, pair your dishes with complementary cultural music!
02/01/2010 3:46:37 PM CST
Karen Schaub says ...
I second the vote for "From Congo to Cuba"---I listen to it all the time and fondly remember the drummer Balla Tounkara who used to drum for some of my west african dance classes in cambridge--I'm sure he still does...although its been a while for me ;0 Its great also to have access to Putumayo radio on iTunes...I've been introduced to all sorts of new artists (concha buika is one of my all time faves) just by listening in while working. LOVE it! Keep up the good karma!
02/01/2010 9:05:53 PM CST
Kan says ...
I love world music that blends the sounds of our ancestors with more modern electronic music. When done well, it's amazing how many of these take up one playlist after another. Azam Ali and her side projects Niyaz and Vas stand out as favorites. Vas steers away from the electronic and leans on heavy vocals and folk instrumentation, but all three are amazing. Her main site is here: http://azamalimusic.com/ More recently, music from DharmaMix (especially the ones with the Dalai Lama and Sadhguru), although it is only part world for some songs while others are more modern electronica. http://www.dharmamix.com/ Finally, I absolutely love Ryuichi Sakamoto, as he blends elements of classical with world with electronica. He has admitted having great difficulty in bringing them together, and often classifies his own works as "experimental". Most people only know him for his classical works, as they've filled many soundtracks for movies, but his catalog is amazing. http://www.sitesakamoto.com/
02/01/2010 9:11:30 PM CST
Jessica Coulon says ...
I own many Putumayo CDs, and especially love those with Salsa and African music!
02/01/2010 9:20:12 PM CST
JACKIE WILSON says ...
I was there on that lovely day when Dan first heard Kotoja. Putumayo has done so much to put world music (and Kotoja!) on the American cultural map. Good job!
02/01/2010 9:24:54 PM CST
Corrinne says ...
It's almost impossible to choose which Putumayo CD is my fav...but if I have to choose just one...I guess it would be Samba Bossa Nova...always puts an instant smile on my face. :)
02/01/2010 9:25:25 PM CST
DeniseEPL says ...
I love the French Cafe cd, I turn it on make a cup of tea & my afternoon blahs melt away. Before I know it my girls & I are dancing our hearts out & laughing with delight.
02/01/2010 9:26:44 PM CST
Matt DeWolfe says ...
Ethiopiques, especially Volume 4 which features the sublime works of Mulatu Astatqe. The arrangements convey the wideness of the desert and the richness of the cultural awakening at the time. Like a succulent flower in the hot sun.
02/01/2010 9:27:39 PM CST
Winston "Dub" Riley says ...
I've got that Putamayo Rhythm and Blues CD and it is the best CD to play blues harmonica to that I've got! But I saw your tweet about reporting our favorite World Music. This is very different than that and this particular one is a beautiful sad song but I get the feeling that the artist has many other beautiful songs so I'm submitting this for your attention. If you like it, you'll have the power to promote it in a way that very few other art lovers can. Cheers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yfpMGcvGVY&feature=player_embedded
02/01/2010 9:42:14 PM CST
Melissa says ...
World music is amazing!! French pop and alternative Danish music are my favorites!
02/01/2010 9:43:47 PM CST
Sandy says ...
"Love Only Love" by Imaj http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcoNVOgjZhI
02/01/2010 9:46:04 PM CST
Matt says ...
Gotta be the music of south and east Africa. I backpacked there fro 8 months in '96. The music is positive above all else. Every mode of public transport I travelled upon had the music playing. Something about it just gives you a smile. South Africa and Zimbabwe immediately come to mind. When I was there Oliver Mtukudzi was king. "Tuku" they called him in Zimbabwe. The true spirit of life is in this music. That's my vote!
02/01/2010 9:46:18 PM CST
Susan says ...
Favorite music is Jazz. Real Jazz. John Coltrane, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Russell Malone, Miles, Monk, Bill Evans, etc.
02/01/2010 9:56:22 PM CST
Ari says ...
It's simple, we need some Margarita in our lif's.
02/01/2010 10:06:21 PM CST
Kim B says ...
I love the Putumayo African Playground CD - I know it's for kids, but it totally gets me moving too!
02/01/2010 10:16:59 PM CST
GregI says ...
One of the most eye-opening CDs I had heard from Putamayo was Women in World Music. So many great female voices including the woman who soon became my favorite voice anywhere - Angelique Kidjo. So much soul, depth and warmth in one woman's voice - combining all the joys and sorrows of life, exhalting the sheer joy of singing.
02/01/2010 10:38:15 PM CST
Jessica sololmon says ...
Trevor hall is my all time favorite musician. He is incredible in person not just on his cd. What a fantastic man! I also love Bombay jayshree. She has such a beautiful voice. These are the two I listen to when I have had a stressful day and need to relax.
02/01/2010 11:36:35 PM CST
F. Martinez says ...
Thank you for bringing attention to a beautiful place that fosters so much culture. I can't wait to hear the new comp.
02/02/2010 12:51:01 AM CST
Jacqui' says ...
Interesting article has me wanting to hear a sample of the songs on the Putumayo CD. I'm intrigued!
02/04/2010 7:29:30 AM CST
Jennifer Anderson says ...
Putumayo music is the chaos equalizer in our household. I put the CDs on when I arrive home from work - and the music provides a calming influece on both my kids and even my dogs
02/03/2010 8:47:53 PM CST
Dr. Dolly says ...
I love a variety of world music, especially salsa and cuban. Since I have a little one, lately, we listen to a lot of Putumayo Kids CDs, and Picnic Playground is my family's favorite!
02/03/2010 8:52:25 PM CST
Barbara says ...
"Rhythm and blues will cure most anything!" When you got a case of the down and outs, it' your day in the barrel...listening and dancing (you know you can't help from dancing) will pick you right up. Every country has its own form of rhythm and blues. But, it all goes to the same place - the heart.
02/05/2010 9:16:47 PM CST
Keisha says ...
I love Putumayo. My nieces had a lullaby CD done by this company. I listened to it as much as they did! The songs were great.
02/07/2010 10:47:51 AM CST

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