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Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha

THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER SHORTLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS! Read on to enter to win a 12-CD set from Putumayo’s Latin Collection. Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. As a young kid growing up in the 1950s, I remember watching my parents and their friends dancing the mambo and cha cha cha. While these weren’t styles they’d grown up with, it was easy to see the joy the music brought them. By the time Desi Arnaz aka “Rickie Ricardo” of I Love Lucy fame arrived on TV, these styles had become global phenomena and were being danced in every corner of the world. Fast forward to today and they’ve made a powerful comeback on TV dance shows and in dance studios and night clubs from Austin to Aberdeen. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Putumayo’s new release, Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha, demonstrates the universal and lasting appeal of this retro-flavored music. And, since it provided the mellower underpinnings of the salsa boom that occurred a couple of decades later, it has similar appeal that brought global acclaim to the  Buena Vista Social Club artists. As an indication of the music’s global popularity, this collection not only features several groups from Cuba, but also Latin bands from Scotland, Belgium, France and Russia. Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha is now available in many Whole Foods Market stores along with other Putumayo Latin and international CD collections. So, what’s your favorite Latin music style? Leave a comment below by May 4th for a chance to win a 12-CD collection from our Latin series. THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER SHORTLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS!

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Margie says …

I grew up in a family where social dancing started with my parents and aunts and uncles in the 1920's. They all embraced the Latin music and dances, mainly from Cuba, of the 40's and 50's, with my cousins carrying on the tradition. At the end of the 1950's I began studying marimba, taking lessons from the wonderful marimba player in Xavier Cugat's orchestra. I cannot hear Cuban music without smiling at those pleasant memories.

Marisol says …

I love Mariachi music and especially a Mariachi Herencia out of Tucson, AZ. They performed the church music at my wedding and I love putting on their CD and let the memories flow. To bring it a generation I love the vibe of Ozomatli! San Jose's Mariachi festival is a great stop to listen to traditional and new Latin music. I look forward to it every year. Winning the 12-CD collection would be add zest to our summer nights.

Naywri Wright says …

I like brazilian music: Samba, Bossa Nova and Batucada. I can dance Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, and I can dance some Samba. These are the latin music that I like and can dance to.

linda schwehr says …

have seen folks dancing the cumbia in huatulco oaxaca mexico & loved it!! Can figure out how to get my backside doing what it's supposed to do for the dance though....

gail o'hare says …

Rumba is sensual, smoky, high drama. It's like a mating dance.

nadine says …

i *love* Putomayo too! would be delighted to give these CD's a good home...!

Nadia says …

I LOVE the mambo! Viva Latin music!!

Nicole says …

it's a tie between cha cha and salsa

Renee says …

This is a toughie but I would have to say Cha Cha! My husband and I had a ball learning it when we took dance class before our wedding day. It takes me back to the joys of planning our wedding and it reminds me of pure celebration! I would love to win this contest!!! :)

Briana says …

I love Putomayo's Latin Collection! My favorite CD is "Latin Lounge". I have checked it out from the library many times and would love to own it along with all the others. I also really enjoy mambo and samba. Hooray for Putomayo!!!

Nora McClymer says …

I like Shakira and Latin Pop/rock music. Any fun moving music to make myself move and groove.

Michele Wesselman says …

Although i personally have never done the cha-cha-cha, I love watching the pros do it. It's so lively, happy and sexy!

jackilyn rock says …

cuban salsa all the way!!! can't get enough of it!

Tom says …

Putamayo Label puts out some great music. Something for everyone. The Latin music is sure to get you out of your seat and on to the dance floor. Just to see how huge collection there is available you can Google the label and find websites where you can sample some of the tracks. This is a must-have collection!

Stacey says …

Love, Love, Love the Rumba!

GL says …

My husband and I are having a great time learning how to rumba and dance these other Latin dances. Wish we'd started years ago!

Haley Nicole says …

I adore Latin music, it is truly amazing in every aspect. Would love to listen to!

Carolina says …

The complexity of the rhythms and the varied heritages are so replete with the life force that you can't sit still. I love everything from Borinquen's bomba and plena to Chile's cueca. Punta, bachata, samba, reggaeton, mambo, bolero, rumba, chachacha, guajira, tango, ranchera, cumbia, tejano, son, banda, conga, guaguanco, and on and on...but not salsa--Tito Puente used to say, "NEVER call it salsa; that's something you eat; it's latin jazz." It can be fast-fast or slooooow, traditionally choreographed folkdances or improvised street style with the latest moves. It's all a celebration, like Celia Cruz said, "La vida es un carnaval!" Que viva la musica latina!

Laura says …

I didn't grow up with this kind of music, but having started taking classes and later becoming a Zumba instructor had given me a great love for all the Latin music styles.

genienep says …

My family loves the Latin grooves. Would be great to celebrate the warming temps with some rumba rhythm.

Carol Auerbach says …

My favorite Latin music is Alt Latino. It combines various styles of Latin music in interesting ways and it's fun! I also enjoy Putumayo and its collections -- one of my favorite radio shows is the Putumayo Radio Hour that I hear on WEXT via the Internet.

Laura says …

The MAMBO! It's uplifting and you can't help yourself from moving to the joyful music.

karen price says …

Gotta love the Mambo! Nothing beats doing housework, than doing the Mambo with the vacuum Cleaner! Serious,folks, its the best way to get the blood moving, and makes you feel so HAPPY!!!! "Everybody,Mambo!!!"

Debbie says …

I like salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha. Love the music of Gloria Estefan and also Christina Aguilera when she sings in Spanish.

Kristi says …

As someone who loves to dance, I especially like good salsa music. But all Latin music is wonderful and makes me want to move! I could go for some old-style Cumbia right now...

Lucy Sherrill says …

Thank you for the chance to win! I would love it.

Melissa says …

I know the dances to go with much of this music and woudl love to teach the dances to my child!

Stephen Fong says …

Mambo

Melissa D says …

I love them all, but nothing beats a good Mambo! Ay-yi-yi!

Sabrina Patino says …

Viva la musica latina! Latin music is the soul of the Latin people. My favorite is Samba! My father is from Brazil and I grew up listening to it. Would love to be able to play all 12 cds for my kids and boogie around the living room with them. Viva la musica latina!

Ryan says …

I LOVE Latin music! The Rhythm and sweet melody Latin music gives to the ears. Always have been a fan, and will always be.

Amy Noon says …

I love love love latin music and international rhythms period. I teach Zumba! and I love bringing the hip swaying music to my classes. Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Mambo...you name it we do it in Zumba and honestly I could not live without it in my life....I am also a music teacher and incorporate all types of music into my classes. This would be a great collection to have!

John Swearingen says …

I would really like to win this cd set because of my interest to listen to the wonderful sounds of the mambo and cha cha cha. When listening to this type of music it really get my feet to move to dance the night away.

Thomas says …

Love the mariachi music - my wife's family has a mariachi band at all their weddings!

Sharon says …

Okay, I admit it, even though I--eh-hem--doubt it's contained in the Putumayo collection...I'm a sucker for reggaeton! Can that even be considered a style of Latin music? Anyway, it's fun to listen to, great driving music, and terrific to salsa to when you need a solid, simple beat.

Kim says …

Without a doubt my favorite Latin music style is all of it. I have purchased Putumayo’s Women of Africa as well as many of the others. Latin music awakens the passion within. I will often use the earthier, slower selections of Latin Jazz for my yoga classes.

Gabrielle says …

I love latin music! It reminds me of my travels in Central and South America and brings a smile to my face. I think I will have to say salsa is my favorite as I enjoy the dance and can get lost in the music and movement.

Lynnette says …

I love this music and would love to win the collection!

Shari Ratner says …

Salsa!!

Christa says …

My kids love the Putumayo collections. We listen to them often and they each have their favorites! Rumba flamenco is our favorite latine style!

Kimberly says …

My favorite is Latin sounds from Cuba and Argentina!

Gina Kazimir says …

I love to dance cha-cha, but I'm learning Salsa and that's fast becoming a favorite. Even if you don't dance, the music just makes you feel GOOD!

kat says …

I like the cha cha the best because I used to dance this at parties in my early teens.

Tracey says …

Salsa and Bachata are my favorites, but any latin music puts me in a great mood. I've loved Putamayo's music, esp. Indian and Middle Eastern, and would love to sample their Latin music!

Faleen says …

Years ago i learned how to cha cha but never learned the others. I love listening to Latin music and watching people dance to it. There is such life and passion to the beat that you cant help becoming happy and moving with it.

Lori Levin says …

I just did the Rumba tonight at dance class and love Latin music and Cuban motion. There is a more relaxed connection and closeness in Latin dancing that I like that the music obviously fosters. This sort of music and dance is helping me with trust issues. I'm so thankful and thrilled to find joy this way! Oh and Yay Putumayo... I already own about 6 of their CD's...they are awesome!

Mona H says …

Chacha! So fun and lively!

Melissa says …

I love to listen to Latin music, as it is always so cheerful. Would I be dating myself if I said I really loved Tito Puente :-)?

Noelle says …

I just love the beats of a cd that my husband owns by Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social club!

Diane Mason says …

I've been introduced to Latin music through Dancing With The Stars. Love it. Lively. Happy. Would love to win this.

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