Various Artists

Café del Mundo

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Globe-trotting label Putumayo offers up Café Del Mundo, a collection of low-key, singer/songwriter-oriented fare from a variety of different nationalities. Songs like "Ojos Negros" by Cuban duo Descemer Bueno & Kelvis Ochoa, "Sinar" by Indonesian singer Rita Lestariani, and "Beschäftigt Mit Dem Blues" by German jazz singer Katharine Mehrling may seem worlds apart, but like the rest of the music on this set, they share a welcoming, contemplative nature that is universal. It's a pleasurable worldbeat journey, mostly set to acoustic guitars, that could be enjoyed over coffee or tea just about anywhere.

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