Putumayo World Music


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Putumayo World Music is a New York City based record label, specialised in folk, Latin and Afro-Cuban music, as well as other genres that may be classified as world music. It was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. In the past thirteen 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!” The name of the company comes from Putumayo, a region in Colombia

The label is currently distributed by Koch Entertainment.

Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of the company’s goals: to connect the traditional and 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.

Putumayo is considered a pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional market. A large portion of its target audience consists of “Cultural Creatives,” a sociological/lifestyle term for 50 million North Americans and millions more around the world with an interest in culture, travel and the arts. To reach these consumers, Putumayo has built a proprietary network of more than 3500 book, gift, clothing, coffee and other specialty retailers in the US and thousands more internationally that play and sell its CDs, in addition to maintaining a strong presence in record stores.

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  • rinbotat505

    Music from our great world enjoy! Wouldn't it be cool if we could go to all of these places?

    October 2011
  • woss123

    does anybody know anything about album "Woman of the celtic World 1 and 2"

    September 2009
  • almagal


    April 2009
  • soham_c

    just awesome music!!

    March 2009

    PUTUMAYO RULES ! :))))

    July 2008
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