One of the planet’s leading producers of world music CDs, Putumayo, is hosting a massive concert in New York City’s Central Park in a couple of weeks. Thanks to editor Tim Leffel for this link to Putumayo’s FREE concert, to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, being held in Central Park, July 27th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can’t beat it. Featuring the Taj Mahal Trio (on Putumayo’s American Blues CD), the Skatalites (Jamaican, featured on The Caribbean CD), and Los Pinguos (an Argentinian band that showed up on Putumayo’s Latin Baila! CD), the concert promises to be one hopping, stomping, dancing, gorgeous frenzy of a world music celebration.

Putumayo CDs take up a good portion of my music shelves — since I can’t keep up with emerging and classic world music all on my own, I rely on Putumayo to introduce me to some of the best music from around the world. Hard to believe they’ve been around for half my life already, makes me feel old.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the company is also releasing new CDs of African music: African Party, and African Dreamland for kids. Worth getting out my dancing ankle bangles for!