A few weeks ago a representative for Putumayo World Music got in touch with me and asked if I would like to review one of their new CDs and give one away. Little did he know that I was well aware of Putumayo and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE their compilations. I have a bunch of their music (mostly African and Latin) in my iTunes collection and I have given a few of the kids CDs away as gifts. As you can see, it was very hard for me to say "No" just because I don't usually offer non-handmade giveaways. (By doing this giveaway, I'm secretly hoping I will have the opportunity to review future Putumayo CDs as well. Shh!)
If you haven't heard of Putumayo, the label was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. Since its founding, the label has become known for its compilations of great international music; and according to their website, "characterized by the company's motto: 'guaranteed to make you feel good!'" For more information on Putumayo, visit the fascinating About Us section of their website. You can also learn more about Putumayo Kids on the same page. If you have children, I highly recommend their CDs.
Well, now for the giveaway CD...
Earlier this month, Putumayo released Rhythm & Blues, their newest addition to the successful American music series. Rhythm & Blues features first generation soul legends and rising stars of the retro R&B revival. Featured artists include New Orlean's legends Snooks Eaglin, Irma Thomas and Rockie Charles, as well as first generation soul and contemporary artists Lavelle White; The Emotions; Sam Moore, Keb' Mo and Angie Stone; Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings; The Quantic Soul Orchestra; Catherine Russell; Ruthie Foster; Cracked Ice and James Hunter.
Its been awhile since I listened to rhythm & blues. I actually haven't listened to much music at all lately. Strange since I have this dream of one day going back to school for ethnomusicology. This afternoon I decided to pop the CD in while I was making a few pairs of earrings. I was pleasantly surprised! I really liked many of the songs and as the CD progressed, I liked it more. It ended before I was done making my earrings so I put it on again and my like did not change. I think I even picked a favorite! - "Put Me Down Easy" - Like all of Putumayo's CDs, Rhythm & Blues adheres to the company's motto; it makes you feel good.
For a chance to win this giveaway:
Mandatory: Visit Putumayo, listen to sample tracks from Rhythm & Blues, and come back here and post the title of your favorite song.
Additional chances to win (leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry):
1) Tweet the giveaway and post a link to your tweet in the comments below - 1 extra entry per day
You may use the following tweet - Win a @PutumayoMusic Rhythm & Blues CD @NMART @NMGiveaway ~ http://bit.ly/d0aSmW Please RT #giveaway
2) Blog about the giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below - 1 extra entry
3) Add one of my ad buttons (left hand sidebar) to your blog or website and post a link to your site in the comments - 1 extra entry
4) Join Nature Manipulated's mailing list (by doing this you agree to receive a monthly newsletter from NM)- 1 extra entry
5) Purchase a CD from Putumayo and tell us which one - 5 extra entries
ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY. (Email address, Etsy username and Artfire username accepted. If your Blogger profile links to your email or shop, that is acceptable too. Leave contact info for each entry. Tip: When leaving your email do not use the @ and . symbols, instead spell out AT and DOT.)
Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through Sunday, March 7, 2010, 11:59pm Eastern Time. I will notify the winner via email and the winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.
This giveaway is open to U.S. contestants only.
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