With the holiday season officially here, Putumayo World Music has announced it is releasing a new holiday music compilation to celebrate.
Joy to the World is scheduled to be released Nov. 16. Instead of just being another holiday music compilation, the record presents holiday songs from around the globe. It features works, such as a Portugese-language take of ‘The First Noel’ from Nossa Bossa Nova, an international take of ‘Silent Night’ from multicultural group Arspop and a French Canadia-language version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ just to name a few entries.
As if those songs are not enough, the compilation also features a tropical take of ‘Winter Wonderland’ from famed ukelele performer Jan Luna, an Italian-language take of ‘White Christmas’ from Marina del Gaudio’ and an original composition titled ‘O Natal Ja Comecou’ from Portugese duo Ines Pupo and Goncalo Pratas.
Those wanting something more “domestic” get an upbeat take on ‘Little Drummer Boy’ from Alabama’s own Roman Street and an original zydeco work from Lynn August in the form of ‘Christmas By The Bar-B-Que.’ In one of the record’s most interesting moments, listeners get a reggae-infused take on ‘Frosty The Snowman’ from Jamaican outfit The Mighty Diamonds.
The record wraps with a Hawaiin-infused original titled ‘Christmas Island’ by Leon Redbone.
Audiences can hear samples of each song noted here online now here. More information on Joy to the World and other titles from Putumayo World Music is available online now at:
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