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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to other cultures through great international music. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Putumayo has become known for its upbeat, melodic compilations of world and American roots music characterized by the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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1. Cette Ville (Mathieu Mathieu)
2. Etrange (Dobacaracol)
3. Je Mdemande (Martin Leon)
4. Un Homme (Annie Villeneuve)
5. Brulots (Chloe Sainte-Marie)
6. Nitshiuenan (Florent Vollant)
7. Au Chalet (Marie-Annick Lepine)
8. Il Fait Dimanche (Myreille Bedard)
9. Les Visceres (Polemil Bazar)
10. A Brunette Est La/Le Reel Des Quatre Fers En L'Air (La Bottine Souriante)
11. Vive LAmour / Reel à Ti-Zoune (Le Vent du Nord)

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A celebration of the rich musical diversity of this fascinating French Canadian province

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Vive le Quebec! 5 Aug 2008
By Bundtlust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ever had that amazing sense of deja vu? As I was in my local Texas Barnes and Noble, I heard an in-store CD that shocked me for its obscurity; I was sure that the voice belonged to one of the members of Kashtin, a First Nations Innu band from Quebec that had disbanded some time ago as both members pursued solo careers. I thought "that's impossible, why would they be playing Quebecois First Nations music in Texas? And from a band as obscure as Kashtin?" (Kashtin's Akua Tuta received airplay on the Due South: The Original Television Soundtrack). I ran back to the music department only to find that Putumayo's latest compilation embraced my first love, Quebec.

As someone who has a French major with an emphasis on Quebec Studies and studied for two summers at Universite Laval in Ste-Foy, Quebec, I can attest that this special anniversary CD (the 400th anniversary of Quebec City's founding by Champlain) is a bit eclectic to thoroughly represent the broad range of Quebecois music, but it makes a brave attempt. This ranges from call-and-response courtesy of well-known Quebecois bands La Bottine Souriante (Anthologie) and Le Vent Du Nord (Maudite Moisson !)to more modern fusion stylings from DobaCaracol, a track from Annie Villeneuve (Quand Je Ferme Les Yeux), the winner of Quebec's version of Pop Idol, and a nod to Quebec's rich First Nations heritage (there are eleven tribes) from Florent Vollant.

I wasn't familiar with many of the artists (it's been six years since I lived in Quebec City), but I could think of many Quebecois artists that I wish had been included, such as Lhasa (La Llorona), whose haunting voice blends Spanish, English and French with a fusion of Mexican and world influences, early important pop figures such as Felix Leclerc (20th Century Masters) or Gilles Vigneault, or modern sensations such as Celine Dion (On Ne Change Pas), Garou (Reviens), Roch Voisine (Roch: Best of Roch Voisine), Eric Lapointe, etc. My personal favorites are the two most traditional tracks from La Bottine Souriante and Le Vent Du Nord (I have a large collection of traditional Quebecois folk music) and the haunting track sung in Montagnais by Florent Vollant; his solo CDs (Katak) are sung entirely in Montagnais (an Algonquin language) and are absolutely amazing, though pricey for those of us south of the (Canadian) border.

But these tantalizing tracks are an accurate reflection of the many cultural influences at work in Quebec, from First Nations tribes to its many Francophone immigrants from Africa and abroad, and Putumayo: Quebec serves as a perfect jumping-off point for a more in-depth exploration of the riches that Quebec's music has to offer.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Quebecois Cornucopia 23 July 2008
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Putumayo's "Quebec" is a musical feast. It's gorgeous Gallic music, fit to accompany ratatouille, vichysoisse, and baguettes. "Quebec" was released on Midsummer's Day,celebrated as St. Jean Baptiste in Quebec as the day their city was founded four centuries ago. The compilation melds music both old and new, giving a stage to artists little known outside their homeland.

The opening song, Mathieu Mathieu's (the Canadian M et M?) "Cette ville" is a joyous ode to small town life. DobaCaracol's "Etrange (Strange)" is a fitting song title;it's a strange,engaging combination of reggae, funk, and chanson. Martin Leon,who studied with Ennio Morricone,has the spaghetti western song "Je m'demande." Annie Villeneuve,who was on the Quebecois version of American Idol,contributes the easy listening "Un Homme." Florent Vollant has Native American folk rock, singing in the ancient montagnais language. Myreille Bedard's "Il fait dimanche" is Quebecois bossa nova. Polemil Bazar's "Les Visceres" is Canadian swing that's about... viscera. La Bottine Souriante and Le Vent du Nord have good ol' fashioned Canadian folk. It's an enjoyable musical journey.

"Quebec" has delicious music,along with a delicious recipe (cider and rosemary lamb shanks).

A portion of the proceeds from "Quebec" goes to keeping folk music traditions alive among the young. Great music for a great cause!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful sampler 23 July 2008
By Dufay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having fallen in love with Montreal and Quebec, I bought this sampler to become better acquainted with the music. This CD has turned me on to artists I did not know- which has led me to buy even more CDs by the individual artists. Be careful- you might find yourself spending more money to delve further into some of these artists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie Cliche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Quebec's joie de vivre, captured on CD 8 Nov 2012
By Paul Haspel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Québec is called "la belle province" for good reason. That part of Canada that stretches from the Maritime Provinces to the Ontario border represents a unique example of francophone culture in North America. To walk around Vieux-Port de Montréal, the Old Port of Montreal, or the area around the ramparts of Vieux-Québec, the walled city of Old Quebec, is to participate in an intoxicating cultural mix of French and North American cultural elements - food, architecture, and manners that combine the sophistication of Paris with the energy of the Americas. Those qualities also make their way into the music on Putumayo's "Québec" album. The Putumayo albums have sometimes been criticized for emphasizing light pop at the expense of other forms of music, but the liner notes (appropriately, in English and French, as well as Spanish) provide references to more rock-oriented Québécois acts such as Ann Victor and Les Cowboys Fringants. Much of the music on this album provides an effective, interesting, multicultural mix, as in DobaCaracol's "Étrange." Martin Léon's "Je m'demande" has a nice blues-rock touch to it. Chloé Sainte-Marie's "Brûlots" benefits from Sainte-Marie's evocative voice and fine harmonies. Florent Vollant, a Native Canadian of Innu heritage, makes a particularly strong contribution with "Nitshiuenan," a song that demonstrates well the First Nations influence upon Québécois music. Marie-Annick Lépine's "Au Chalet" has a gentle, guitar-based sound, and I'm pleased that the lyrics indicate that she's a fan of her fellow Canadian Neil Young. And the last two songs on the album, La Bottine Souriante's "La Brunette Est Là" and Le Vent du Nord's "Vive l'amour," close the album well with fine examples of traditional Québécois music, songs that I found similar in tone and style to the music of Louisiana Acadian bands like Beausoleil. Putumayo's "Québec" provides a fine musical insight into the musical traditions of a very special part of Canada.
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