World Music

Entertainment products are the number two export for the United States. Our popular culture is so pervasive that we might think that the rest of the world spends all their time listening to American popular music. Not so. There's a whole world out there of popular music with its roots in folk music that's not quite as commercialized or predictable as the music you hear on the car radio everyday. Listening to this music is a little audio vacation. Bon voyage.

French Cafe

By Putamayo

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Thirteen selections give the listener the feeling of sitting in a cafe in Paris on a lovely day. Featured performers include: Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara,Enzo Enzo,Georges Brassens, Jane Birkin, Coralie Clément, and even a young Brigitte Bardot. Who knew she could sing! • 1.Ernesto Lechner Fibre de Verre - Paris Combo • 2. Marilou Sous la Neige - Serge Gainsbourg • 3. Si la Photo Est Bonne - Barbara • 4. Juste Quelqu'un de Bien - Enzo Enzo • 5. Je M'Suis Fait Tout Petit - Georges Brassens • 6. Elaeudania Téïtéïa - Jane Birkin • 7. Mer Opale - Coralie Clément • 8. Ondulé - Mathieu Boogaerts • 9. Jour Comme un Autre - Brigitte Bardot • 10. On N'A Pas Besoin - Paris Combo • 11. Mal Ô Mains • 12. En Douce • 13. Fée Clochette

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Caribbean Playground

By Putumayo

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Listening to this album makes me happy. It has a selection of Caribbean styles – Reggae and Ska from Jamaica, Zouk from Guadeloupe, Calypso from Trinidad, Salsa and Bomba from Puerto Rico, Twoubadou from Haiti, Zydeco from Louisiana (Yes, I know that’s the Gulf of Mexico and not the Caribbean, but it fits.), and even an Indian-influenced dance music called Chutney. These are great songs to get children up and moving around. • 1. Great Big Boat - Taj Mahal • 2. Jamaica Farewell - Desmond Dekker • 3. Tambou Dan Tche Nou - Kali • 4. Three Little Birds • 5. Coconut Woman - Karl Zero • 6. Panama - Marlene Dorcena • 7. Little Anancy - Asheba & The One Vibe Band • 8. Bomba Te Traigo Yo - Banda Criolla • 9. Pa 'Piye Sou So M • 10. Reggae Dancin' Votez Zouk - Luc Leandry • 12. All Aboard - Atlantik

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