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17/10/2009

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 October 2009

What is a musical legend? This week Charlie’s programme reveals a selection of artists who have achieved that status in their own country – and in some cases beyond those borders. From Argentina Atahualpa Yupanqui with an album recorded in France, a man and his guitar and a great tune. This is followed by a similarly sparse and dramatic track from a name that is much more famous now than it was when he was actually alive - 20th century troubadour Woody Guthrie, singing a classic song of defiance that was adopted by the folk movement of the 1960s; ‘This Land Is Your Land’. Even though he died in 1967 a brand new collection of recordings has just been found and released.

Then to Pakistan for the finest qawwali singer of all time; Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan singing a song that ignites and hypnotises with a human voice achieving spiritual power. And ending in Africa for two tracks; Ghana was home to E T Mensah, and Charlie’s choice should be instatntly familiar to fans of The Beach Boys! And Franco; whose band TPOK Jazz dominated Congolese music for more than 3 decades; their style influenced all African dance music that came after them.

Tracks played in this week's programme:

Country: Argentina
Title: El Aromo
Artist: Atahualpa Yupanqui
CD Title: La Musica, La Cancion Y La Palabra
Label: Nuevos Media
Cat. Number: NM 15 909 CD

Country: USA
Title: This Land is Your Land
Artist: Woody Guthrie
CD Title: My Dusty Road
Label: Rounder
Cat. Number: CDROUN1162 / 011661116221

Country: Pakistan
Title: Allah Hoo Allah Hoo
Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
CD Title: The King of Sufi Qawwali
Label: Manteca
Cat. Number: MANTDBL511

Country: Ghana
Title: John B Calypso
Artist: E T Mensah
CD Title: All For You
Label: Retroafric
Cat. Number: RETRO1XCD

Country: Congo
Title: Mabele
Artist: Franco (feat. Sam Mangwana)
CD Title: Francophonic Vol 1
Label: Sterns
Cat. Number: STCD3042

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