For a few years now I have known about a group of people who travel the world looking for musicians and music to share with the world. There is no need to buy one artist's complete CD or travel to the musicians home city, as the hunters have gathered a variety of local musicians' songs on your behalf. These songs are carefully selected and organized so that you, through your speakers at home, can enjoy the flavours of music from elsewhere in the world. Putumayo World Music is the group and you may recognize their colourful and international covers all painted by Nicola Heindl.
When you see a collection of Putuyamo CD's it may look thusly:
(Picture taken from designrelated.com.)
If you are in the market for music on the other side of spectrum from the usual, or want to be reminded of a place in the world you have visited, look no further than Putumayo's collection of lounge, groove, global, Asian, Brazilian, Celtic, Middle Eastern, kids CD's and more. Many a night I have enjoyed French Cafe or Paris, and on more energetic days I turn up North African Groove. My my, I just spied Music from Chocolate Lands. Mmmmm......