It’s hard to keep track of Putumayo World Music’s frequent releases of incredible collections, but I found EspaÃ±a entirely worthy of my attention. The music is a fresh, lively whiff of the country which I hope to visit one of these days. Here, listen for yourself.
“Spainâ€™s contemporary musicians blend flamenco, rumba catalana and pop into a vibrant musical tapestry…. The featured songs were selected from hundreds of albums collected during several scouting trips to Spain by Putumayoâ€™s A&R team. EspaÃ±a also features the work of renowned photographer Peter Adams and a recipe by famed Basque chef Eva ArguinaÃ±o.”
I’m currently teaching about Spain to my 7th-graders, and I hope to learn to play a few of these songs to share with them. I’d like them to understand how this music can be both new and Spanish.