I don’t know what it it, but there’s something about the Putumayo CDs that remind me of coffee shops and craft stores. This may have something to do with the fact that half the coffee shops and craft stores in the world are playing Putumayo when you walk in, which is not really a bad thing if you think about it. In fact, if I owned a coffee shop, I would probably end up playing Putumayo all day long too, that way if someone complained about the music, I could just shrug and say, “Don’t blame me, blame the people of Cape Verde.”
Putumayo tackles the rich musical heritage of the Indian subcontinent with the February 24th release of the appropriately titled “India.” Great timing too, given the recent worldwide success of “Slumdog Millionaire” (in fact Golden Globe winner A.R. Rahman is featured on track six). I would buy this CD, but I fear that everytime I put it on, I would have an uncontrollable urge for a latte.
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