I LOVE this DVD! After so many years of listening to Putumayo recordings, it's great to get to see the performers in action, mostly in their local settings. (10 of the 12 videos are songs found on albums.) In fact, the DVD doubles as a mini-travelogue in this sense, though cut in an MTV style. Czech gypsy singer Vera Bila's video transports us to a rustic Eastern European Gypsy village. We visit Havana, Cuba in Ricardo Lemvo's Afro-Latin hit "Mambo Yo Yo." Several feature intimate and loving views of African landscapes.
My favorite is Brazilian Chico C?sar with the award-winning "Mama Africa." The video begins with a shot of his parents telling the camera what a good boy he was as a child...it looked like a scene from one of my own childhood home movies! Which I think is the gift of this DVD...it connects us.
By the way, for those who might wonder if this is one of those sappy "we are all friends" kind of things that only appeals to parents and kids below the age of 6...wonder no more. The music is exciting, the visuals arresting, and it's sure to appeal to any age.
Curator, AfroAmericanHeritage dot com