Dan Storper – Putumayo World Music

Dan Storper

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Dan Storper is the founder and president of Putumayo World Music. The label originally started as a store in New York City in 1975, where he sold crafts and clothing he collected in his post-collegiate (where he majored in Latin American Studies) trips to South America. The store proved hugely successful and Storper decided to branch out into releasing world music in 1993. In 1997, he sold the retail stores to focus entirely on music, and works with Michael Kraus and ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar to bring other cultures and world music to the masses. In 2000, Putumayo Europe opened, and to date, the label has offices in 12 countries. They have sold 15 million CDs worldwide, and several collections have reached sales of 100,000-300,000 copies each.