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Charlie died recently following a long illness. The BBC World Service is currently repeating a series of programmes he recorded which look at the 'greatest hits' of world music. This programme was first broadcast in March 2009.

This week Charlie's selection of world music hits goes back in time to an international mega-hit pastiche of South African kwela style by a German bandleader, a Mexican hit by a Costa Rican performer, a Trinidadian calypso singer with clever lyrics and an exotic name, a Cuban band leader offering some colour-coding advice, some real kwela from the days before TV and a Zimbabwean band (who Charlie used to play football with, in the park), as well as Brazilian and Haitian tunes. It's a big sound.

Photo shows The Bhundu Boys.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 12 Apr 2010 02:32GMT

Music Played

  • Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra

    A Swingin' Safari


    • Instrumental Memories are Made of This.
    • EMI.
    • VTDCD 629.
  • Chavela Vargas



    • Grandes Exitos.
    • Orfeon.
    • JCD 13848.
  • Wilmoth Houdini

    Black But Sweet


    • Poor But Ambitious.
    • Arhoolie.
    • Cd 7010.
  • Pérez Prado

    Chery Pink & Apple Blossom White


    • Our Man in Havana.
    • Camden.
    • 74321 588102.
  • Elias & His Zig‐Zag Jive Flutes

    Tom Hark

    South Africa

    • Instrumental Memories are Made of This.
    • EMI.
    • VTDCD 629.
  • Bhundu Boys

    Hatisi Tose


    • The Shed Sessions.
    • Sadza.
    • Sadza 1.
  • Nemours Jean-Baptiste

    Ti Marie Cherie


    • Muical Tour of Haiti.
    • Ansonia.
    • HGCD-1280.
  • Sérgio Mendes



    • Brasileiro.
    • Elektra.
    • 7559 61315-2.