Saturday, March 12, 2011

Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World: CD Review

During the last two years I have had the wonderful opportunity to partner with Putumayo World Music on reviews of many of the CDs and I am excited to tell you about one of their most recent releases: Bossa Nova Around The World!

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.

About Bossa Nova Around The World:

Originating among a small collective of musical visionaries in the late 1950s, bossa nova helped bring the sounds of Brazil to the world. The recent success of artists such as Bebel Gilbertoand the popularity of the bossa sound in the lounge and electronica music scenes demonstrate its continued appeal to contemporary musicians and audiences.

Bossa Nova Around the World album curator and Putumayo founder Dan Storper comments, “As I’ve traveled the world, it’s been fascinating to see how certain musical genres like Brazilian bossa nova have been embraced globally, and, like reggae, seem to blend effortlessly with other rhythms, melodies and languages.” These 12 artists from South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe have creatively adapted this mellifluous musical style into their repertoires.

You can listen to tracks from Bossa Nova Around The World here.

You can check out the entire Putumayo Brazillian Music Collection here

My Review:

I love this CD. Better yet, my children do. It has been so much fun dancing and moving with my girl's to the sounds of Brazil. As their grandfather is from Brazil, it is a great way to introduce them to their heritage in a musical manner. I love all the songs on the CD but my favorites are Vida de Estrela (Brazil/France) and Melancholisch Schon (Germany). Very uplifting music that will have you moving all day long! Definitely an awesome addition to my Putumayo Music collection for sure!

I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Bossa Nova Around The World online directly on the Putumayo website.

***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, 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***

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