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 Rumba Mambo Cha-Cha-Cha:
On Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Chá, Putumayo explores retro-flavored Latin dance music with these timeless genres from the Cuban family tree. Rumba, mambo and cha cha chá are familiar names to ballroom dancers the world over. Originating in Cuba from a blend of African and European influences, they have become immensely popular around the globe. On this album, Putumayo has collected songs that demonstrate the universal appeal of these musical styles, with informative liner notes in English and Spanish accompanying the CD.
Marseille-based Conjunto Massalia opens the album with “Guajira y Chachacha,” a song about the birth of these two related genres. Cuban group Tradicuba’s "Potpourri de Cha Cha Cha” is a medley of some of the most memorable cha cha chá's in the history of this venerable style. Internationally celebrated Colombian band Fruko y Sus Tesos, whose Latin dance tunes are popular with salsa DJs around the globe, offer their own spin on a classic of the mambo repertoire, “Mambo #5.” Salsa Celtica adds Celtic flavors to son and rumba rhythms on “Esperanza.”
Blending soulful Afro-Cuban percussion with elegant melodies on “Mi Chachacha,” Orquesta La Moderna Tradición has earned accolades for preserving and updating the classic Cuban ballroom music style danzón, a forerunner of cha cha chá and mambo. Grammy Award nominated, Chicago-based Angel Meléndez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra perform the classic "Cereza Rosa" in a mambo-meets-cha cha chá style.
Other featured artists on Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Chá include the Havana-based group Asere, who contribute “Oriente;” renowned Cuban flautist J. Joaquin Oliveros performing “Me Lo Dijó Adela” (Adela Told Me); ska and mambo-inspired Belgian group Internationals with “E.L.S.;” and Russia’s Tres Muchachos & Companeros covering Jimmy Bosch’s "Pa' Mantener Tradición" (To Maintain Tradition).
I have had the pleasure to partner with Putumayo World Music on many occasions over the last two years and once again I have reviewed a really wonderful CD.
If you are a fan of Latin or Cuban inspired music, you will be delighted with this CD. Although the genre is Latin music, you will be exposed to interpretations that are global in nature. From France, to Scotland, to the USA, be prepared to dance the night away. One of my favorite workout songs is Mambo #5 and I was really happy to see a version of it on this compilation, and I love this version. Not as energetic as Lou Vega's from a few years ago, but still full of great rhythm and worthy to include in my workout music library to be sure.
Combining fun, funky and classic Latin music, your entire family will be moving in no time at all with Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha, the newest release from Putumayo World Music!
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Rumba Mambo Cha-Cha-Cha online, directly through Putumayo
***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***