Putumayo Goes Digital for New Compilations

For the first time in its 18-year history, the world music label releases two compilations to online retailers.

If the future of music sales is digital, world music label Putumayo is heeding the call.

This week, the 18-year-old company announced two releases that will be available at digital retailers. African Beat and Latin Beat, both out on August 30, are part of the label’s popular Groove series, which blends world music with contemporary styles such as hip-hop, soul, R&B and electronica.

Putumayo’s previous releases, numbering more than 100, will continue to be sold physically through the label’s network of thousands of non-traditional retailers and record stores, as well as on Putumayo’s website.

Says Putumayo Founder and CEO Dan Storper in a statement: “We feel that the time is right to expand our contemporary music offerings and begin releasing many of our new releases digitally. We’ve become known for our themed CD collections and will continue to create unique physical packages with extensive multilingual liner notes, photos and more even as we move into digital distribution.”

In another first for the label, Putumayo will release Acoustic Café on September 27, a collection of compositions by contemporary singer-songwriters from around the world, including American singers Trevor Hall, Justin Townes Earle and Sarah Jarosz along with Canada’s Harry Manx, South Africa’s Gregory Alan Isakov and Australia’s The Waifs.