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Putumayo  on 2017-05-19

Putumayo presents Cuba! Cuba! + Cuban playground

Acclaimed record label Putumayo World Music and veteran travel company insightCuba are teaming up to offer music and culture-focused trips to Cuba beginning in November, 2017. The first Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! Tour will take place November 6th-11th in Havana, and will feature intimate and exclusive performances with numerous internationally recognized Cuban artists as well as a range of other cultural activities.

These trips mark the first time Putumayo has applied its curatorial expertise to a travel experience, and it marks an exciting new direction for the company. Cuba has been a major source of music featured on Putumayo collections for many years, so it is only natural that the label's foray into travel should begin with this fascinating country. 

In conjunction with this launch into travel, Putumayo will release two new Cuban music collections on May 19, 2017. Cuba! Cuba! and Cuban Playground both feature Cuban legends and rising stars. Cuba! Cuba! is a captivating collection of classic and contemporary Cuban music. Cuban Playground is the latest addition to Putumayo's award-winning collections of international music for children of all ages.

The Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! Tour is a six-day musical and cultural adventure dedicated to the rhythms of Cuba. The journey includes inside access to world-renowned artists, private performances, salsa lessons, and even a visit to the recording studio used by Buena Vista Social Club. But because Cuba has so much more to offer than music, the trip will also explore local cuisine, art and traditions.

Putumayo’s A&R specialist, Jacob Edgar, will be leading the Putumayo Cuba! Cuba! Tour as a guide and speaker. Edgar has been Putumayo's principle music researcher for 20 years, contributing songs and liner notes to more than 200 Putumayo collections. He is also the host of Music Voyager, a music and travel television series aired on PBS, and a regular guest lecturer on National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions cruises.

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 by Founder/CEO Dan Storper to introduce people to other cultures through exceptional international music. Putumayohas become known for its upbeat, melodic compilations of world and American roots music characterized by the company’s mottos: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!” and “Celebrate the World!” According to Storper, “Putumayo has been focused on introducing people to other cultures through our musical collections and, over the years, we’ve received many requests to organize music and culture tours. We thought that Cuba, one of the most fascinating cultural destinations, would be a great place to start and no one knows Cuba better than the team at insightCuba."

InsightCuba is the leading provider and pioneer in legal people-to-people travel for Americans visiting Cuba. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has sent almost 20,000 guests to Cuba and crafted hundreds of private group tours. “For decadesPutumayo has turned on millions of music listeners to world music, and together, we’re excited to bring those same listeners directly to the source of that music, in Cuba.”says Tom Popper, president of insightCuba. “

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