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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 July 2009.

It's week 10 of Charlie's exploration of World Music's hits. He weaves around the globe, playing tunes that reached wider international success than they might have expected to have done. There's the track which was famously misheard as "My Ears Are Alight"(and was the first Jamaican record to reach the US Top 10), a Latin American song that more-or-less created a new style of music, something from South Africa's most famous songstress, a Brazilian group singing a worldwide hit that came from Mexico, there's a Trinidadian tune about Brazil, a French Antilles group and a Congolese guitarist who lived in France. Lots of glorious diverse sounds to suit every ear.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 26 Apr 2010 02:32GMT

Music Played

  • Desmond Dekker & The Aces



    • You Can Get It If….
    • Trojan.
    • TJDDD239.
  • Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40

    Ojalá Que Llueva Café

    Domincan Republic

    • Grandes Exitos.
    • Karen.
    • 1079-30177 2.
  • Miriam Makeba

    Malaika (My Angel)

    South Africa

    • The Essential Miriam Makeba.
    • Manteca.
    • MANTDBL502.
  • Los Índios Tabajaras

    Maria Elena


    • Maria Elena.
    • RCA Victor.
    • LSP-2822.
  • David Rudder

    Bahia Girl (Eddy Grant Remix)


    • 7" 45.
    • London.
    • Lon 98.
  • Kassav’

    Zouk-la-se sel Medikaman Nou Ni

    French Antilles

    • 7" 45.
    • Greensleeves.
    • GRE 701.
  • Souzy Kasseya

    Le Telephone Sonne


    • 12" 45.
    • Earthworks.
    • ET 03.