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Charlie died recently following a long illness. The BBC World Service is currently repeating some of his programmes. This one was first broadcast in June 2007.

This week Charlie's programme is a transformative experience as he plays a selection of tunes that are covers, revivals or transformations. It's music that was created by one artist but interpreted by another. They're songs you'll probably be familiar with, but in new versions that retune your ears to what it's about. A song about peanuts, another about an accordian player, a tune about camels in the desert, one about modern men and more.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 31 May 2010 02:32GMT

Music Played

  • Antonio Machín

    El Manisero


    • El Manisero.
    • Tumbao.
    • TCD 801.
  • Ana Salazar



    • The Sound of the World.
    • Wrasse.
    • WRASS 169.
  • Wasis Diop

    DéFaal Lu wor (Once in a Lifetime)


    • Everything is Never Quite Enough.
    • Wrasse.
    • WRASS 108.
  • Sekouba 'Bambino' Diabate

    It's a Man's Man's Man's World


    • Sinikan.
    • Syllart/Sono.
    • CDS 8932.
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia



    • Gili Garabdi.
    • Asphalt Tango.
    • CD-ATR 0605.
  • Rachid Taha

    Ya Rayah


    • Door to the Souk.
    • Wrasse.
    • WRASS 060.