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June 21, 2009

More Great Music from Around the World.

I recently reviewed some of the music collected and produced by Putumayo. They have compiled some great regionally themed music by a variety of artists. There is another music company you should be aware of...

... - Cumbancha. You can see their catalog at www.cumbancha.com.

Unlike Putumayo, these are all collections by a single artist.

Here is a review of a CD by Ska Cubana titled Ay Caramba. It is great stuff, but hey, don't take my word for it; check out these notes from the website.

"Take classic Jamaican ska and blend it with Afro-Cuban son and salsa, throw in some retro swing and Colombian cumbia for spice, and the result is a magic musical concoction that will get your feet moving and your hips shaking. When it comes to Ska Cubano, rarely has the expression "a match made in heaven" been so apropos.

Mix classic rhythms from two of the world's most musically influential islands, Jamaica and Cuba, mash them together like mint and sugar, add ample of amounts of intoxicating melodies and a dash of jest; the result is a magical musical cocktail that has been setting dance floors ablaze from London to Tokyo."

As the late night infomercials put it "wait, there's more" - The folks at Cumbancha have been kind enough to donate copies of several of their CDs for us to share. This particular CD (Ska Cubana) will be the first of the CDs to be given away from this blog.

I have asked readers of this blog to submit their dream job (related to language instruction). Send yours. The best length would be about 200-350 words. Over the next week or so, I'll be collecting them and I'll post the best one(s) and send the best writer this CD.

Yes, I'll send it anywhere in the world as long as you have a valid mailing address. Sound good? Then get writing!

I'll be doing several of these over the next few months. Good luck to all!


Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

He is also waiting for an irresistible job offer...

Posted by mmorf at June 21, 2009 10:48 PM

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