Saturday , October 23 2021

Putumayo and Global Soul

I love the Putumayo World Music label – now ten years young – everything from their wildly eclectic, lovingly curated collections like Arabic Groove, World Lounge, Samba Bossa Nova, and African Groove, to their colorful, iconic cover art by Nicola Heindl, to their “it’s a small world after all” optimism.

I am particularly excited about their Global Soul collection, perhaps their most contemporary and zeitgeisty collection yet, sampling the organic, righeous neo-soul movement from around the globe, including Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America with a particular emphasis on a sparkling Fracophone groove: Melgroove, Doc Gyneco and China from France; Cameroonian discovery Kaïssa; French-Canadian singer Melanie Renaud; Saf Sap from Senegal – very cool yet invitingly warm, with none of the strindency of popular American R&B.

Besides the fine CD itself, I am very pleased to see Putumayo reaching into other media with an upcoming Global Soul Special on BET, May 23 @ 1pm, 9pm & Midnight EDT, and May 25 @ 1pm EDT, hosted by Speech of Arrested Development – I am also pleased to see BET stretching its mainstream urban content a bit. I’ll bet a bunch of middle-aged white people will watch BET for the first time – everybody wins.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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