This week Charlie brings you music from international vocal groups.

We begin with Down To The River To Pray which features in the American Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou. Although credited to the singer Alison Krauss on the album, she is also joined by numerous vocalists including the First Baptist Church Choir of White House, Tennessee.

The gospel group The Swan Silvertones was popular in America in the forties and fifties. We feature Oh Mary Don’t You Weep from the Testify! gospel box set. Next we head to Pakistan to hear an offering from the legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who performs devotional Sufi music with the Qawwali singers.

The Cuban group Sexteto Bolona was recording in the 1920s and Charlie plays a song from the Sextetos Cubanos album A Morir, Caballeros. Decades later in the 1960s and 1970s a vocal trio called The Heptones were performing Jamaican rocksteady and reggae. From their album Peace & Harmony you can hear the track Book of Rules.

Travelling back in time again, about twenty years earlier The Manhattan Brothers were mixing African harmonies with American ragtime and doo-woop. Their unique sound made them one of the most popular vocal groups in South Africa and the song Malayisha is from a compilation The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers.

And finally from the album Songs From The Volcano a track from the Papua New Guinea Stringband together with Bob Brozman.

Tracks played in this week's programme:

Country: USA
Title: Down to the River to Pray
Artist: Alison Krauss
CD Title: O Brother Where Art Thou
Label: Mercury
Cat. Number: 170 0602

Country: USA
Title: Oh Mary Don’t You Weep
Artist: Swan Silvertones
CD Title: Testify! The Gospel Box
Label: Rhino
Cat. Number: R2 73734

Country: Pakistan
Title: Allah Hu, Allah Hu
Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
CD Title: Ecstasy
Label: Nascente
Cat. Number: NSCD 073

Country: Cuba
Title: A Morir, Caballeros (Until Death, Gentlemen)
Artist: Sexteto Bolona
CD Title: Sextetos Cubanos
Label: Arhoolie
Cat. Number: 7006

Country: Jamaica
Title: Book of Rules
Artist: The Heptones
CD Title: Peace & Harmony
Label: Trojan
Cat. Number: TJDDD202

Country: South Africa
Title: Malayisha
Artist: The Manhattan Brothers
CD Title: The Very Best
Label: Gallotone
Cat. Number: CDZAC77

Country: Papua New Guineau
Title: Watikai lau Nuk Pau Atalaig
Artist: Papua New Guinea Stringbands with Bob Brozman
CD Title: Songs from the Volcano
Label: Riverside
Cat. Number: TUGCD 1040

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