Putumayo Brazilian Café Giveaway

by Matt on September 22, 2009


First things first: I have never been to Brazil. And I am terribly ashamed to admit this to you.  And you’d think with the amount of times we’ve headed to South America we could at least stop by and pay a visit. But no, I haven’t been. And it’s not only on the top of my list but every Brazilian friend I have basically says the same thing: “What on earth are you waiting for?” That’s an excellent question.

Not a lot of people know that before I stepped into the world of food & design I really wanted to pursue a career in music.  Music was an integral part of my world growing up and just about everyone in my family plays a musical instrument. After years of piano and violin lessons I was bitten by the design bug and threw all my creative efforts into graphic design although I still like to play the piano on occasion. But now it’s really just to annoy others with terrible renditions of Carpenters, Yvonne Elliman and Britney Spears songs.

Some of my earliest musical memories involve sitting on the floor while my dad played Brazilian records. It was that time in musical America where jazz had been fused with Brazilian compositions and for a while it seemed our house was filled with João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa and a roster of other Brazilian composers and musicians. Listening to the music never failed to put a smile on my face as I picked out the few words I understood while my dad usually strummed his guitar along to the music. Perhaps this is why I have an affinity towards Brazilian pop, choro, samba, and especially bossa nova. Put this on and it’s impossible for me to not start swaying. My mood lifts and I drift off, even during those painfully heartbreaking songs. This is a genre filled with spirit, elegance, simultaneous complexity and simplicity, with musical structures no one can even come close to.

When my friend Kaveh at Putumayo asked if I’d be interested in receving a copy of their Brazilian Café complilation I couldn’t hit my reply button fast enough. He made sure to tell me that the CD booklet contained a recipe but really, it was the music alone that excited me.  And now that I’ve been listening to it I thought it’d be great to give away a few copies and share all the sonic goodness.

Putumayo puts out some amazing titles and I’ve been a fan of the label for quite some time. Each compilation focuses on a region or genre of music and is a great first course in discovering new global favorites. With Brazilian Cafe, Putumayo brings together a terrific selection of jazz, samba and bossa nova by up-and-coming artists and it’s been in heavy rotation on my ipod lately.

Next to amazing music, I think the single best thing about Putumayo is its dedication to assisting many non-profits based in the countries whose music they share with the world. There’s a complete list here.

61khzJ06fWL._SL500_AA240_I’m glad Kaveh was open to sending me a few extra CDs when I asked if I could give a few away. And to my surprise he included an additional CD called Picnic Playground from Putumayo Kids, a collection of food-themed songs in English, Spanish and French. I haven’t listened to it yet but I can only guess it’s fun and fantastic.

I’m giving away 5 copies of Putumayo’s Brazilian Cafe + Picnic Playground to the first 5 folks who leave a comment. I’ll email you for your address and send them to you shortly. Promise me you’ll sip a Caipirinha as you enjoy the music, ok?

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tami September 22, 2009 at 7:12 am

me! me! me! :)

(can’t wait to finally meet you this weekend! :)

Matt September 22, 2009 at 7:19 am

On its way! And likewise, can’t wait to meet you Saturday! woot woot!

Amy September 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

I love broadening my musical horizons!

Nikki September 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

I absolutely love Brazilian music. And yes, I’ll drink several caipirinhas for ya. :D

CDB September 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

Love Brazilian food and music! I will definitely make Caipirinhas for the occasion. :)

mlle noëlle of simmer down September 22, 2009 at 7:27 am

How cool! We used to have these CDs at my old workplace and I really liked them.


Jamie September 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

Oh, yay. This will be fun!

Jeff September 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

I hope I’m in the top 5!!!!

Tiffany September 22, 2009 at 7:41 am

This sounds like an awesome CD! Thanks for sharing this new music :) There’s a great bistro near me that makes a great Caipirinha so I will be sure to follow your instructions.

Nina September 22, 2009 at 7:42 am


Kate September 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

I LOVE Putumayo’s stuff. My favorite is their old Cuba compilation. Hard not to dance!

Vicki September 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

Love Brazilian music!

Rhea September 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

Oh how fun!

Ana Adams September 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

You already know a lot about brazilian music, now go check out our wonderful food !!! Think bossa nova to your taste buds =)
I am a brazilian fan of yours living in the US for a long time, and I know, I know you will love it there ( providing you are in the right company of someone who can show you the right places ).
Please do not consider me for your generous offer of the CD, I already have it and it should go to someone who is new to BR music.
I wish I could meet you too =)

Meaghan September 22, 2009 at 7:53 am

YES PLEASE! I <3 Putumayo!

Judi September 22, 2009 at 7:54 am

I LOVE Putumayo!!!

Cindy September 22, 2009 at 7:59 am

I’d love one!

Erica September 22, 2009 at 8:02 am

Ooh, awesome! This looks amazing. :)

Matt September 22, 2009 at 8:07 am

Ok folks, giveaway is closed! 4 comments above and one email from Fred. Thank you so very much!

All gone!

Rivka September 22, 2009 at 9:31 am

LOVE that you did a Putumayo giveaway. They’re fantastic, and North African Groove is an especially awesome album. Hooray!

Carla September 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

Hi Matt, I am also a Brazilian fan of yours. What a wonderful surprise to open the blog today and see a Brazilian music cd up front.
I agree with Ana’s comment, you will love it there, for musical and culinary reasons alike.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I already have this CD, too, and have just returned from Brazil. If you love this music, you must visit Brazil, for the people, the food, the culture, the coffee, and yes, for the music.

Jess September 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Ooh! I so want this CD, I just got back from Brazil and I miss it already!

lisa (dandysugar) September 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Putomayo always has awesome compilations. I’m also a huge fan of brazilian music, love the stuff from the northeast…forro, it’s one of my favorite styles. It’s really an experience to visit, especially if you have a love for the music and culture.

Mrs Ergül September 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

No chance! But still I totally know what you mean by drifting away and lifting your mood!

By the way, I have made the olive oil cake with the only change being adding in prunes soaked in Grand Marnier and the three tablespoons of GM I used are the leftovers from the soaking. Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe!

lee September 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

really nice i will be doing this picture cake

Robert September 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Putumayo World Music is a great series of different types of music. Thanks for sharing Matt—I’ll have to check this one out. Cheers.

Aimee September 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I *heart* Putumayo, but haven’t heard this one yet. I’m sure it will get my feet tapping. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kay September 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I’m ready to sip my caipirinha, sitting by Miami beach!!
Just need Putumayo sounds!

Flavia Pantoja September 27, 2009 at 8:37 am

Consider yourself invited to visit us here in Rio ! I will be glad to show you around !

Buntcooky September 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

I love the selections of Putumayo. It’s greally great music. Especially the Latin CDs are really great.

Lina Castro September 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I love this music and my 8 month old likes it even more.

Cate O'Malley September 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Love Putumayo cds – have the Cuban one, as well as the Caribbean – didn’t know they had kids’ versions as well – must investigate.

Steve September 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

How funny. I did a digital design for EMI/Capitol this summer that was inspired by the cover art from Putumayo. Nice!

Romney (Nani) Steele September 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Obviously, I’m way too late, but also love their music and their vision. And here again, you go reporting about more than food-wonderful as always. Nani

Yazir October 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Need to hear this cd!! Putumayos are always amazing!

Joni of "feeding little foodies" October 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

My little foodie would LOVE these groovy tunes! He’d bob to the beat as he dined on beets…

deucemom October 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I am probably too late for the giveaway (that’s fine), we LOVE all things Putumayo, my sons love them!! Haven’t come across this one yet, will have to check it out!
Love your blog!

Kennya November 11, 2009 at 10:42 am

Oh, so you should really come down here! Promise you’ll love it, lots of interesting things to do and new food ingredients.

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