WHEN Dan Storper began the Putumayo World Music label in 1993, to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures.
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 is also considered a pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional market, allowing music fans to find the CDs in book, gift, clothing, coffee and other speciality retailers all over the world.
Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colourful, folkloric style represents one of the company’s goals: to connect the traditional and the contemporary developing a unique brand identity, rare into today’s music industry.
The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than a million dollars to worthwhile non-profit organizations around the world, including Coffee Kids, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Search for Common Ground and more.
Here is a selection of French titles that are guaranteed to make you feel good. Click the play button to listen to the sample tracks.
Featuring some of the greatest names in classic and modern French music and new artists who have been influenced by gypsy jazz, musette and chanson.
Georges Brassens, Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot are just a few old timers mixed in with new style of Paris Combo, Enzo Enzo, Mathieu Boggaerts, Coralie Clément.
Putumayo’s newest release from August 2008 is a mixture of contemporary chanson and acoustic pop by established stars and up-and-coming artists from today’s thriving French music scene by leading singer-songwriters like Carla Bruni, Sandrine Kiberlain, Thomas Dutronc.
The liner notes include a signature recipe from three-star Michelin French chef Michel Troisgros of La Maison Troisgros.
Sifflets De Sole À La Banane Et Citron Vert (Banana and Lime Sole) is well-paired with the flavourful melodies served on this collection.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to La Chaîne de l’Espoir (The Chain of Hope), an organization that provides children from developing countries access to health care and quality education.
And now here is your chance to win
Putumayo World Music are offering two readers of This French Life the chance to win a pair of CDs, both French Café and Acoustic France.
To enter please leave a message in the comment form below, for example 'please enter me into the competition', but make sure your email address is correct, and just one entry per email address.
Two messages will be picked at random as the winners. Closing date for the competition is Friday, September 5, 2008 at 11am Paris time.
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