Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Putumayo World Music: Latin Party Review & Giveaway!
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. In the past fifteen years, the record label has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international
music characterized by the company’s motto: “guaranteed to make you feel good!”
Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of the company’s goals: to connect the traditional and the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music
Putumayo is considered a pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional market. A large portion of its target audience consists of “Cultural Creatives,” a sociological term for 50 million North Americans and millions more around the world with an interest in culture, travel and the arts. To reach these consumers, Putumayo has built a proprietary network of more than 3,000 book, gift, clothing, coffee and other specialty retailers in the US and thousands more internationally that play and sell its CDs, in addition to maintaining a strong presence in record stores.
The Putumayo Kids division was created to introduce children to other cultures through fun, upbeat world music. Since the release of the best-selling World Playground CD in 1999, Putumayo Kids has established itself as one of the leading children’s record labels in the world, winning critical acclaim and honors from Parents’ Choice Awards, the National Parenting Publications Association and others. With its growing collection of albums and multicultural activity kits, Putumayo Kids provides children with upbeat, melodic and culturally authentic music, enhanced by educational liner notes.
The company’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. Charitable recipients include Coffee Kids, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Amnesty International and many more.
As international markets and consumer awareness of world music grow, Putumayo continues to develop creative ways to present exciting music from around the world that is underexposed in the mainstream media. Please continue to visit our website for more information, news and updates on Putumayo World Music, its releases and events.
The mesmerizing grooves and tantalizing rhythms of Latin music have been leading people to the dance floor for decades. Putumayo’s new release, Latin Party, is perhaps its most diverse Latin release yet. It includes a mix of boogaloo, funk, cumbia, son, salsa, ska and dancehall and spotlights cutting-edge bands and rising stars that pay homage to Latin music’s past while creatively moving it into the 21st century.
Paris-based star Raul Paz blends cumbia with the sounds of his native Cuba on the hopeful “Buena Suerte.” On “Electric Boogaloo,” New York-based contemporary fusion band Yerba Buena combines Afrobeat and Latin grooves with the help of Cuban singer Xiomara Laugart. On “Yiri Yiri Bon (Dancehall Mix),” London’s Ska Cubano delivers a bouncy mix of Jamaican ska and Cuban son. Fellow British group The Quantic Soul Orchestra referees a funky instrumental match between trumpeter Regi Boyce and saxophonist Regi
Johnson on the Afro-Cuban inspired “Regi Bugalú.”
Latin Party also features songs from New York-based hip-hop collective Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Texasraised Mexican-American musician and producer A.B. Quintanilla III (Selena’s brother), Peruvian salsera Cecilia Noël, multi-cultural French/Cuban collective Mas Bajo, Afro-Cuban group Luis Mangual y Su Conjunto Mangual featuring José Mangual Jr. and from Colombia, three respected groups: salsa super group Fruko Y Orquesta, popular salsa band Orquesta Lo Nuestro and ska/reggae band Coffee Makers.
The CD also features an appetizer and drink recipe by leading Mexican chef, Patricia Quintana.
Latin Party is the newest addition to Putumayo’s Latin collection, joining successful releases Salsa Around the World (350,000 sold), Afro-Latin Party (300,000 sold), Latin Lounge (300,000 sold) and Latin Jazz (150,000 sold). For more information, visit www.putumayo.com
Putumayo Presents: Latin Party - Mas Bajo "Rico Montuno" Live! from Putumayo World Music on Vimeo.
Latin Party will get you moving and grooving! It is an upbeat CD full of Latin sounds! You will feel like you are right in Latin America and want to salsa the night away! Not only did I enjoy this CD, but my kids love it! It is so nice when my children can enjoy my music as opposed to children's music all the time:) If you are a parent, or around children a lot, then you can totally relate. I have even been using Latin Party for doing my workouts and runs! I love it! I highly recommend this CD and give it a thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Latin Party from Putumayo's official website.
WIN IT: One (1) reader will win a copy of Putumayo's Latin Party, as well as a Sampler CD of Putumayo music from the last 15 years!
TO ENTER: Easy Peasy...tell me why you want to win!
GIVEAWAY OPEN TO US and CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY!
GIVEAWAY ENDS JUNE 1, 2010
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
***Thank you to Yann and Putumayo World Music for providing me with a complimentary copy of this CD for the purpose of review on this blog***