Music from the Coffee Lands, Putumayo CD


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Track Listings

1. Guajira Bonita - Julian Avalos
2. Soltarlo - Claudia Gomez
3. Wasuze Otya? - Samite
4. Maria Lando - Susana Baca
5. Below the Bassline - Ernest Ranglin
6. M'Ban Samba - Raimundo Sodre
7. Hanzvadzi - Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited
8. Dilema - Los Tradicionales De Carlos Puebla
9. Esa Noche - Cafe Tacvba
10. Gabby Kai - James 'Bla' Pahinui
11. Kothbiro - Ayub Ogada
12. Este Son (Costa Rica) - Juan Carlos Urena

13. La Milonga de Ricardo en Cha-Cha-Cha - Ricardo Lemvo / Makina Loca

The artists gathered together here hail from nations and cultures noted for the growing and export of coffee. As with this CD's companion release, Music from the Tea Lands, one senses the possibility of lucrative product tie-ins, but part of the proceeds from the album are earmarked for charity and any catchy idea that gets the music out there is a good thing. Like the luscious drink itself, the tunes come in many intensities and flavors, ranging from a light-as-air ditty from Peru, to the more complex vocal stylings of Colombia's Claudia Gomez, to Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca's earthy Afro-Cuban Congolese rumba. The album is a lively and fascinating travelogue, making landfall in Cuba, Kenya, Brazil, Uganda, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Peru. As with many other Putumayo projects, aside from its musical pleasures, this set would make an entertaining and educational experience for younger family members. --Christina Roden

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