Putumayo Presents Romantica: Great Love Songs from around the World

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If most labels decided to assemble a collection of romantic world music, they would tend to make obvious choices like Latin ballad singers Julio Iglesias and Jose Jose. But Putumayo has never been a label that inundates listeners with obvious choices, which is why its compilations are such an adventure. While everything on Romantica can be described as "romantic world music," the 11-song CD is hardly one-dimensional. Looking to Europe, Africa and Latin America, Putumayo provides everything from Greek music Nikos Kypourgos' "The Gypsy Girl" and Scottish music Dougie MacLean's "She Will Find Me" to caressing sounds from Brazil Bella Velloso's "Toda Sexta-Feira". If you ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If most labels decided to assemble a collection of romantic world music, they would tend to make obvious choices like Latin ballad singers Julio Iglesias and Jose Jose. But Putumayo has never been a label that inundates listeners with obvious choices, which is why its compilations are such an adventure. While everything on Romantica can be described as "romantic world music," the 11-song CD is hardly one-dimensional. Looking to Europe, Africa and Latin America, Putumayo provides everything from Greek music Nikos Kypourgos' "The Gypsy Girl" and Scottish music Dougie MacLean's "She Will Find Me" to caressing sounds from Brazil Bella Velloso's "Toda Sexta-Feira". If you need an example of how diverse African music is, just compare Ugandan singer Samite's pastoral, folk-influenced "Ngwino Rukundo" next to Sudanese vocalist Rasha's sexy and jazz-minded "Azara Alhai." Another real gem comes from Brazilian singer Fortuna, whose "Ay, Madre!" draws on Spanish and Middle Eastern music instead of modern Brazilian pop or samba. Boasting one surprise after another, Romantica is one of the many reasons why Putumayo is a name that all world music enthusiasts should be familiar with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/1998
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248013640
  • Catalog Number: 136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toda Sexta-Feira - Belo Veloso (3:08)
  2. 2 Sallé - Lokua Kanza (2:45)
  3. 3 Azara Alhai - Rasha (4:09)
  4. 4 Your Face - Louise Taylor (3:45)
  5. 5 Nguino Rukundo - Samite (3:36)
  6. 6 Ay Madre! - Fortuna (3:22)
  7. 7 The Gypsy Girl - Nikos Kypourgos (2:52)
  8. 8 She Will Find Me - Nikos Kypourgos (5:18)
  9. 9 We Mama - Prince Eyango (2:43)
  10. 10 Love and Affection - Toshi Reagon (3:43)
  11. 11 Love and Affection - Majek Fashek (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Majek Fashek Track Performer
Samite Track Performer
Louise Taylor Track Performer
Toshi Reagon Track Performer
Lokua Kanza Track Performer
Prince Eyango Track Performer
Nikos Kypourgos Track Performer
Rasha Track Performer
Fortuna Track Performer
Belo Veloso Track Performer
Technical Credits
Majek Fashek Composer
Samite Composer
David Radin Mastering
Toshi Reagon Composer
Dan Storper Producer
Adam Widoff Composer
Adriana Calcanhotto Composer
Bill Purcell Artwork
Daren Gill Mastering
David Hazan Concept
Eliseo Parra Composer
Abdul Aziz Daud Composer
Morocco Composer
N. Kypourgos Composer
Prince Eyango Composer
Marrocos Composer
Douglas MacLean Composer
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