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Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Storper to help launch Putumayo World Music in 1993. In the past 17 years, the 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 Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to 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 industry.

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 from Parents' 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.

- excerpted from the Putumayo website

Putumayo
The World in Music

World Music Compilation Discs

African Groove (2003)
African Odyssey (2001)
African Playground (2003)
Afro-Latin Party (2005)
An Afro-Portuguese Odyssey (2002)
Americana (2007)
American Blues (2003)
Animal Playground (2007)
Arabic Groove (2001)
Asian Groove (2002)
Asian Lounge (2005)

Blues Around the World (2006)
Brazilian Groove (2003)

Cajun (2001)
Calypso: Vintage Songs from the Caribbean (2002)
Cape Verde (1999)
Carnival (2001)
A Celtic Collection (1996)
Celtic Crossroads (2005)
Celtic Dreamland (2007)
Christmas Around the World (2003)
Colombia (2001)
Congo to Cuba (2002)

Dreamland: World Lullabies & Soothing Songs (2003)
Dublin to Dakar: A Celtic Odyssey (1999)

Euro Lounge (2003)

A Family Christmas (2009)
French Cafe (2003)
French Caribbean (2003)

Gardens of Eden (2001)
Global Soul (2003)
Gypsy Caravan (2001)
Gypsy Groove (2007)

Israel (2007)
Italian Cafe (2005)
Italian Musical Odyssey (2000)

Jamaica (2001)
 Jazz Around the World (2009)
A Jewish Odyssey (2000)

Latin Groove (2002)
Latin Jazz (2007)
Latin Playground (2002)
Louisiana Gumbo (2000)

Mexico (2001)
Music from the Coffee Lands II (2001)
Music from the Tea Lands (2000)

A New Groove (2007)
New Orleans Brass (2007)
Nuevo Latino (2004)

Picnic Playground (2009)
A Putumayo World Christmas (2000)
Putumayo World Party (2007)

Rumba Flamenco (2002)

Samba Bossa Nova (2002)
South Africa (2010)

Women of Africa (2004)
Women of the World: Acoustic (2007)
World Lounge (2002)
World Party (2007)
World Reggae (2004)

Yoga (2010)

Zydeco (2000)

Featured Musicians

Equation
Hazy Days (1999)
The Lucky Few (1999)

Habib Koite & Bamada
Baro (2001)

Dougie MacLean
The Dougie MacLean Collection (1995)

Oliver Mtukudzi
Vhunze Moto (2002)
The Oliver Mtukudzi Collection: The Tuku Years (2003)