Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Putumayo World Music Helps Haiti

Putumayo World Music re-releases 
French Caribbean 
Caribbean Playground CDs
seven Haitian artists

100% of Putumayo’s proceeds to be donated to Haitian relief!

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Putumayo is re-releasing French Caribbean and its children’s CD Caribbean Playground and will donate all of its proceeds from each CD sold ($4 per CD) to The Red Cross for Haitian relief throughout 2010. Seven Haitian artists, including Michel Martelly, Haiti Twoubadou, Emeline Michel, Zin and Carimi on French Caribbean and Erna Letemps and Lole-Lolay on Caribbean Playground, contribute songs to these collections.

“Music has helped Haitians survive their difficulties over the years,” said Dan Storper, Putumayo CEO and Founder. “In 1976, I had the extraordinary experience of visiting this unique country and became a fan of its music, art and people. As a resident of New Orleans, I’ve witnessed how a city can come back from virtual ruin. Haiti will rise again!”

Putumayo’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than $1 million dollars to worthwhile non-profit organizations around the world. With proceeds from Putumayo’s New Orleans CD, the company raised more than $200,000 for New Orleans artists and non-profit recovery efforts.

Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. In the past 17 years, the label has become known primarily for its compilations of great international music.

For more information about Putumayo World Music, visit www.putumayo.com.

****This is an official press release sent to me for the purpose of posting for my readers****

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