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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 May 2009.

Charlie's journey through 'world music's greatest hits' continues. This week, an Algerian singer who made an album in France that went global and a Lebanese singer who even managed to enter the notoriously unreceptive British charts. There's music from a Paraguayan band who sold more than 20 million albums, a Zimabawean tribute to the late Samora Machel of Mozambique, and Charlie introduces a couple of tunes from the Caribbean - a Grenada/Trinidad calypso and a mega-smash from Monseratt.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 19 Apr 2010 02:32GMT

Music Played

  • Bob Azzam



    • 45 single.
    • Decca.
    • 45F 21235.
  • Khaled



    • Khaled.
    • Barclay.
    • 511 815 2.
  • Runn Family

    Hatichina Wekutumba Naye


    • 45 single.
    • Zimbabwe.
    • ZIM 410.
  • Los Paraguayos



    • Le Trio Paraguayos EP.
    • Philips.
    • BBE 12176.
  • Mighty Sparrow

    Jean & Dinah


    • The Mighty Sparrow Volume One.
    • Ice.
    • 921002.
  • Arrow

    Hot Hot Hot


    • The Best of Arrow.
    • Red Bullet.
    • 100.121.