On Tuesday, May 18, recording label Putumayo will release its latest compendium of world music to celebrate the approach of the 2010 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa in June and July, the first time the quadrennial soccer tournament has been hosted on the African continent. The new CD features 12 songs and artists that reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of southern Africa's "Rainbow Nation," from urban-infused reggae beats to more traditional arrangements from the likes of the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir. Enjoy the samples below, plus check out Putumayo's website for more clips and to pre-order your copy.
In addition, Putumayo is hosting a "Win a Trip for 2 to South Africa" contest at participating retail outlets throughout the US and on its website. The 13-day, 12-night winning prize includes round-trip airfare and all accommodations. The contest ends June 30.
Visit Away.com's 2010 World Cup Special Issue for more World Cup-related travel inspiration, exclusive travel guides to South Africa's top cities and natural wonders, plus live dispatches from our reporter on the ground during this year's running of the world's biggest sporting event.
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