Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide Day 17: Putumayo World Christmas Party CD Review

Last year I had the pleasure to review Family Christmas from Putumayo World Music.  This year I am so excited to introduce you to the most recent Christmas addition to the Putumayo family - World Christmas Party!

About Putumayo World Music:

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 fromParents’ 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 KidsOxfamMercy CorpsAmnesty 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.

About World Christmas Party:

Putumayo presents World Christmas Party, a festive collection of Christmas favorites recorded by artists from around the globe. Whether listeners are seeking a fresh spin on perennial Christmas classics or want to know what rhythms get yuletide celebrations started from Jamaica to Cape Verde, World Christmas Party is sure to put people into the holiday mood. The CD unites reggae, Latin, African and other global rhythms into an upbeat album perfect for Christmas festivities.

Putumayo’s Christmas collections have sold more than one million copies and have been hailed by the New York Times and many other publications for their refreshing, uplifting holiday selections. Says Dan Storper, Putumayo Founder and CEO, “I’ve really enjoyed searching for Christmas music in my travels around the world and exploring the ways in which the holiday is celebrated in different cultures.

Track Listing:

1. Jacob Miller - Wish You a Merry Christmas
2. Poncho Sanchez - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
3. Charles Brown - Christmas Comes But Once A Year
4. Keahiwai - Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
5. Jose Conde - Winter Wonderland
6. Maria De Barros - Alegria
7. Heritage Hall Jazz Band - Barra De Navidad Blues
8. Brave Combo - The Christmas Song
9. H.K. Crew feat. K11NA - Kei Te Haere Mai A Hana Koko (Santa Claus Is Coming To Town)
10. Alson Brown Quartet with Joe Craven - Carol and the Kings
11. Costa Neto - Boas FEstas Mocambique
12. Ed Calle with Arturo Sandoval - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town)

You can listen to track samples here.

My Review:

Putumayo World Music has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. I am grateful to own several different CD's from the World Party and Playground collections and love them all. When the opportunity came up to review the most recent release, World Christmas Party, I could not pass it up.

World Christmas Party is an eclectic compilation of several genres of music from around the world. I love being able to expose my children to different cultures using a variety of mediums, but especially music. Music is a universal language, and I especially love the way familiar songs sound in different languages.

This CD is fantastic overall, with my favorite tracks being, Jacob Miller's "Wish You a Merry Christmas" (Reggae),  Keahiwai's "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" (Hawaii), and Maria De Barros' "Alergria" (Cape Verdean Creole). 

If you love multi-cultural music, and want to add a distinctly different sound to your Christmas collection, I highly recommend Putumayo World Music's World Christmas Party.

BUY IT: You can purchase World Christmas Party online here. Receive $10 off with every purchase $50 and over until December 15, using the code: GIFT at checkout.

***I received a complimentary copy of World Christmas Party, courtesy of Putumayo World Music, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Shirley, thank you so much for your post on World Christmas Party and for liking my rendition of "Deck the Halls" ("ALEGRIA"). You made my day !!
    Maria de Barros