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Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Storper to help launch Putumayo World Music in 1993. In the past 17 years, the 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!”

Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to 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 and 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 3,000 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.

Dan Storper’s vision of establishing a global company and lifestyle brand is being furthered by CD distribution in more than 100 countries. The opening of Putumayo Europe in the Netherlands in 2000 enabled the company to connect with the European music and retail scene. The expansion of Putumayo International has also extended the label’s presence in South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The company now has offices in 10 countries around the world.


The Putumayo Kids division was created to introduce children to other cultures through fun, upbeat world music. Since the release of the best-selling World Playground CD in 1999, Putumayo Kids has established itself as one of the leading children’s record labels in the world, winning critical acclaim and honors from Parents’ Choice Awards, the National Parenting Publications Association and others. With its growing collection of albums and multicultural activity kits, Putumayo Kids provides children with upbeat, melodic and culturally authentic music, enhanced by educational liner notes.
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Putumayo Yoga CD
Putumayo Yoga CD
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Putumayo Yoga CD

A soothing collection of songs for yoga, meditation and relaxation.
Putumayo World Yoga CD
Putumayo World Yoga CD
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Putumayo World Yoga CD

Take a relaxing journey around the world with these soothing songs from Mali to Nepal and beyond.
Putumayo Jazz CD
Putumayo Jazz CD
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Putumayo Jazz CD

Exceptional recordings of classic songs by jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley and others.
Putumayo World Hits CD
Putumayo World Hits CD
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Putumayo World Hits CD

An exhilarating collection of chart-toppers and familiar favorites from around the globe, World Hits brings together some of the most well-known world music hits for the first time ever on one compilation. Features Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger '(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back', Santana 'Oye Como Va', Gipsy Kings 'Bamboleo', Youssou N'Dour with Neneh Cherry '7 Seconds', Jimmy Cliff 'The Harder They Come', Manu Dibango 'Soul Makossa', Miriam Makeba 'Pata Pata', Mongo Santamaria 'Watermelon Man', Johnny Clegg & Savuka 'Scatterlings of Africa', Tour‚ Kunda 'E'mma' and Kaoma 'Lambada'.

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Putumayo Women of Africa CD
Putumayo Women of Africa CD
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Putumayo Women of Africa CD

A celebration of soulful and inspirational music by female artists from across Africa.
Putumayo Zydeco
Putumayo Zydeco CD
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Putumayo Zydeco

A hefty serving of upbeat bayou boogie.
Putumayo World Playground
Putumayo World Playground CD
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Putumayo World Playground

A collection of world music for kids that takes children and their families on an inspiring musical and cultural journey around the world.