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World “Cup” Music

Congratulations to Sarah from Miami for being randomly chosen as the winner of the African CD collection!
Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. With the opening of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa on June 10th, the first on African soil, a new milestone will have been achieved in this country’s remarkable journey. Until 20 years ago, South Africa, with its apartheid policies, was a pariah isolated from the rest of the world. Over the past 20 years, with Nelson Mandela’s moral leadership and intense desire for reconciliation, true democracy for all of its citizens and economic revival, South Africa has become Africa’s leading success story. (Read on for a chance to win some Putumayo CDs.) South Africa’s music has long had an extraordinary impact on the world’s music. In the 1950s, South African Solomon Linda’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” became a worldwide hit. In the 1960s, Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata” and Hugh Masakela’s “Grazin in the Grass” became top 10 hits around the world. Ladysmith Black Mambazo and South African musical styles provided the foundation of Paul Simon’s album Graceland. The Lion King and other Broadway shows and Hollywood films put South Africa front and center in the 1990s and beyond. Putumayo’s South Africa CD celebrates the best of South Africa’s extraordinary musical diversity, from Afro-jazz and township jive to mbaqanga and Afropop. The album features legends like Miriam Makeba, rising stars such as Phinda and Nibs van der Spuy and closes with the rousing a capella Soweto Gospel Choir. It also includes a recipe for a vegetarian version of a classic South African dish, Lentil Bobotie, contributed by leading South African chef Amos Diamini. A portion of the proceeds benefits Artists for a New South Africa and their work to advance human rights, combat HIV/AIDS, help children orphaned by the disease and educate and empower youth. Available for free download here, Bholoja’s “Mbombela” is an example of the emerging African singer-songwriter movement. Dividing his time between neighboring Swaziland and South Africa, Bholoja sings this song in SiSwati, one of the 11 official South African languages. Enjoy! Note: you can simply listen online using the player below, or you can “right click” to download the mp3 file.

You can pick up Putumayo’s South Africa in our stores now. How will you be celebrating the World Cup? With music maybe? Let us know in a comment below by June 23rd and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a five CD Putumayo Africa collection.

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Candace says …

I'm celebrating by gathering with my all my friends, who happen to be a very multinational group, and we'll all be waving our respective flags while we watch the games. All of the activity will take place over food, of course.

Elaine C Long says …

hi folks, I love this music..i play it while viewing A South African Safari drive, LIVE for 3 hours twice a day, 7 deays a week,it is broadcast FREE from Djuma Reserve in SabiSands Wildtuin, South Africa.( in fact is on live at this very moment..10:37am Eastern Time/USA in SA it is 6 hours ahead of ET/USA and it is LIVE with streaming video and a presenter you can interact with, for questions, identities of animals, etc. Give it a try but beware..it IS ADDICTIVE. and I spent 3 weeks at Djuma Reserve , you will love watching these Safari drives site while enjoying the Music of Putumayo Africa sincerly, Elaine in PA/USA

Elaine C Long says …

oh, apologies, i forgot to add the URL for the Djuma Safari 'live' web drives to my recent posting: http://www.wildearth.tv/web/djuma1?streamId=wildearth my bad, Elaine in PA

Suzie says …

Celebrating the South African spirit, cooking there food, drinking there wine and of course supporting our home team, England :)

Jeanne says …

Love South African music. You can't help but move!

Katy says …

Will it ever be on ITunes? It sounds awesome!

Anna says …

I'm Italian and I definitely do not fit the stereotipe of soccer crazy fan. But when the Word Cup is on, I'm glued to the TV. I'm DC, and the best way, to enjoy the game for an expat is with friends, food and music (music following the soccer game, because while your team plays, you follow in religious silence!)... As for music, this year I think we will definitely play some African music (Sutu Kun, Ekibobo, Papa Noel, Les Nubiens), but there will be plenty of space for Italian of course (e.g.Max Gazze', Daniele Silvestri, Neffa, Tiromancino, Negramaro, etc. etc.)!

Belinda Gross says …

I plan to celebrate the world cup with watching every game that USA plays that I can. I'll also play music from the USA and South Africa. May the best team win and everyone is still friends.

Elaine C Long says …

Please Mr. wholefoodsmarket, I would love to buy my South African Rusks and Amarula at one of your stores to eat and drink while I watch the World Cup Soccor games. ...if only we had a WholeFoodsMarket in the Wyomissing, PA or West Reading, PA area?.. please build us a store? Beggingly, Elaine PS: FYI, Amarula tastes like PA Dutch eggnog!! The natives of SA even make a local beer from the fruits of the Marula tree.

Anja says …

Can't wait to finally watch some real Fussball (soccer) again! My son collects the stickers in his Panini album and I get to hang our German flag in front of our house. International music is always good. I like Rai (Algerian/Moroccan pop music). Go team Germany (and the other teams as well). Let's watch some great matches!

Claudia Beal says …

Saturday can't come soon enough! We love soccer in our house and all have our favorite soccer jerseys. My husband has Germany from the last World Cup, my baby son has Brazil and Argentina which were gifts from my dad and sister and I have the good old USA. I would love to be in Cape Town but listening to the music would be great too!

Ryan says …

I will be celebrating with food, music & friends.

Jeanne Petrus-Rivera says …

I'll definitely be celebrating the World Cup by listening to Putumayo!!

hannah cuna says …

Im not really a sports fan but Im glad that South Africa gets the chance to host the world cup this year. I am interested with international music especially african music.. the beat, the melody and everything about it makes you feel good and uplifts your spirit.. This year I might welcome the world cup by listening to such music and watch the matches.. come on africa! :)

Ruth M says …

I'll be celebrating it by actually watching and keeping track of what's happening with the various teams. May listen to some Johnny Clegg & Savuka. Then of course there's always Hugh Masekala.

sogogo says …

thanks for the wonderful music!

TRINA O'GORMAN says …

I will no doubt be listening to my seven-year-old son try to blow the vuvuzela that my brother-in-law brought back for him from South Africa several weeks ago, whilst we watch the game. It requires far more air than he seems to have, so I may be just watching him go round and round in circles, trying to blow into it with hugely puffed cheeks! We love Putamayo CDs. They are our car traveling music! Would love to win a few CDs. That would be awesome.

Angela says …

Fifa Friday! We are having a South African meal and futbol on the tele! Going to be a delicious time

Mikel says …

Yes, definately with music! Bring on the World Cup!

Jessica says …

This song is excellent. Makes me want to visit South Africa terribly... though I always have had this desire! South Africa... the most beautiful words to my ears.

Aarti Hebert says …

Nelson Mandela, a great leader of all times, has brought so much progress to south africa. Bravo!!

Taysa says …

Thank You for sharing the song with us!!! My husband and I are both hyphenated americans and both our original countries have made it to the World Cup...We will be watching every match. I will be routing for Brazil and the US and would like to see them both in the Final...then whoever plays the Jogo Bonito better will win. We will be barbequeing grass-fed beef and eating lots of salads and lots of local fruit in season....OH>>>> we will be listening to music ...we would make good use of the CD collection

Shadia Lahlou says …

I will be celebrating the World Cup with gatherings of my lovely close friends and family! Music too and great, healthy food is a must!

Beatrice says …

Wow! The song sets the mood of celebration. This is the first World Cup on African soil!!! When I watch the games, I will have a smile on my face, and joy in my heart. The stadium will be a big melting pot of diverse people and cultures. I am so happy that Nelson Mandela is alive to witness this historic moment.

Lesli says …

I already own a copy of Putumayo’s African Odyssey CD which I love. The rhythmic flow of this wonderful music clip has me already wanting more! I will definitely purchase this CD. Thank you for sharing!

maureen39 says …

Thanks for the song clip--we really enjoyed it! Our family is planning to watch some of the games and of course that always involves food! Putumayo albums are a great resource--I use the World Passport Curriculum in mu music classes and my my students love it. Will look forward to adding this album to the unit. Thanks!

Sung says …

I will be celebrating with friends and family, cheering on teams with food, Amarula, and South African wines.

Terree says …

Having been a veteran camper at a few World Music Festivals in Grass Valley, I have enjoyed Putumayo World Music CDs for a while now. I'll be celebrating the World Cup listening to Mirium Makeba's Pata Pata 2000. I'll be reliving the electrifying and tearful joy that spread through the World Music Festival audience as Mirium Makeba took to the stage to sing Pata Pata to celebrate finally being able to return to South Africa.

Tricia brown says …

I plan on going out to a pub with friends and watching the game with other fans.

Marcia Gaines says …

I love this music, it makes me want to gather friends and share good food and stories. I also love soccer, I coached high school soccer for 15 years and I follow the USA teams when I can. GO USA.

Cheryl says …

Although I am not a huge soccer fan, I am so excited that the World Cup is in Africa for the first time. I am listening to African music and eating lentils and curry.

Barbara Hawk says …

I love this music - Actually I've never met a Putumayo CD I didn't love - Thanks for the free download!!

NinjaDogg says …

I'll be celebrating the world cup by trying various foods from countries all over the world. If I can find some food that's new to me, I'll give it a shot, and see how I like it! Thankfully, Whole Foods has a great selection in their food bars! I'll also be watching the World Cup at various venues around town, of course!

Millie says …

I have already collected most of the Putumayo Children's music as I'm a preschool teacher. I would like to start collecting some of this fine music for myself as well as my adult children. I've done my best to always introduce them to a wide variety of music and this CD would be a great addition to my collection. BTW, my brother is an avid soccer fan and I'm an avid music fan so who knows? :)

Eyegreen says …

I celebrate the World Cup 2010 for several reasons. I demonstrated for Madiba's freedom for years in the U.S., all those years ago and to see how far South Africa has come in so little time is truly inspiring. Madiba truly showed the world the power of one. This World Cup 2010, newly heralded as recognition of the Rainbow Nation, is positive evidence of Madiba's ideas and those of several others from several nations, over a span of generations, that dreams can become reality. Because of my awareness of the plight of the South African people during apartheid, (capitalization refused), I naturally became familiar with African music, with which I fell in love. To date, it is my favorite. Sports and music know no cultural bounds, the other reasons I celebrate this World Cup. We all come together and celebrate our bonds and differences in a joyful manner. I celebrate the music and also celebrate those with the love of this sport.

megan white says …

I will be celebrating the world cup vicariously through my husband!

Margarita Schwarz says …

this is one of the most beautiful peaceful ethinc music that I have heard for quite long time. I will be watching the games and supporing my team Mexico, but listening african rithms.

karin says …

I'll be celebrating by watching the matches, cheering my favorites (especially South Korea where I taught for two years), and drinking some beer!

Agung Waskito says …

I love their music very much. Thnx to Putumayo to compile this beautiful musics. South African music survive by apartheid regime by their militancy. in side they already (done) divided, it takes time to be reunite. Hope this huge event can fulfill the reunification, also to face for the good future of South Africans. FIFA too much profiteering from this event.

Wylla Dixon-Brown says …

My husband and I are following World Cup 2010 deligently! We thought that it could not get any better than this, but this CD will be a wonderful compliment to the games! Thank you Whole Foods ! Wylla and Auden Norwood Mass.

hillary says …

We're hosting and attending tailgate parties with plenty of world cup inspired food and fun! Putumayo World Music makes us happy and joyful!

ardis bartle says …

Its good to be exposed to more international music. I find I need to listen more than once, so the download was a good idea!

AJ says …

Great tie-in with the World Cup - wish you'd post here what the other four CDs are too!

Anne says …

Love the music, will be celebrating world cup with all the fans I meet!

Melinda says …

We'll be dancing in the streets and kicking soccer balls around the house to celebrate the world cup...we love playing Putumayo's New Orleans Playground and dancing around the house and singing along with Kermit Ruffin's "if i had a million dollars".... so we'll dance like we had a million dollars and a million soccer balls!

Erik Hagestad says …

I have your Jamaica album, and it contains some of the greatest, rarely played reggae classics. I'm looking forward to hearing your South Africa album - I'm watching the "Baffana Baffana" play Uruguay as I write this...

Noelle Kelly says …

I will be celebrating with friends and listening to games while I work.

cindy barriga says …

In our house, we will be sitting around the television eating snacks and screaming lots!! Soccer rocks!!

cabhoney says …

I really love the way their music makes me feel, the beat just takes me away!

Sally Lukash says …

I have watched some of the World Cup, but those dreaded horns have forced me to mute my TV and listen to music, currently I have Paul Simon's Graceland in my CD player. This five CD Putumayo Africa collection would be a god send!!! Love the play, not too crazy about all the noise!!!

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