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email from Brazil

PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:28 pm
by Charlie
email from Marcelo Vieira, Maringa, in Brazil

Hello, Charlie! Your programme is fantastic. It is the nice World Music programme that inspired me to produce my own show on a local radio station two years ago. U r my inspiration! A couple of years ago I heard a song from Congo and I fell in love with it . Unfortunately I didn't understand when you mentioned its name, but now I know it's from Franco Luambo because I eventually found it!!! Could you please play it again? Its name is Infidelite Mado. Thanks!

email from Bermuda

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:57 am
by Charlie
email from Tim Axelsen, Bermuda

Have you ever come across the New York based band 'Slavic Soul Party'? Simply type their name into YouTube and prepare to be amazed.

Your show continues to be the 'best of the best'!


email from HMS James Clark Ross

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:13 am
by Charlie
following-up a previous email, from Robert Patterson:

I'm the Mate on the British research ship James Clark Ross, and the World Service is a blessing (even if much of it wasn't what it was). We can even pick you up in Antarctica sometimes.

I'm in my early fifties now, but I suppose you could listen to music from around the world for a hundred years and just scratch the surface.
Being in the Merchant Navy you sail past a lot of exotic places and pick up some wonderful fragments drifting through the airwaves. But you could probably listen to music from around the world for a hundred years and just scratch the surface.

I think my first purchase was Marta Sebestyen's Muzsikas in 1987 or thereabouts - vinyl of course, and I've still got it. (To tell the truth I think I bought it because I quite fancied her photo on the cover.) Money well spent.

I don't buy that many albums, but I did go a bit over the top once and bought a whole pile of Uruguayan music when I was in Montevideo. Alfredo Zitarossa made a great impression on me at the time. Interesting character.

But my favourite music is usually some female wailing about her man - who's either away from home, or fallen victim to some misadventure or other. Perhaps I've been at sea too long. The likes of fado, and songs of love and longing for home and landscape, strike a chord with me.

I hesitate to recommend anything to someone knowledgeable as you, and I know Julie Fowlis is all the rage at the moment, but I wonder if you've heard Ishbel MacAskill singing Soraidh Leis An Ait. It's on an album called Gaelic Women. Or Rachel Walker's version of Alasdair A Gleanna Garadh? Maybe it's not your cup of tea.

I'll get out of your hair now - but keep up the good work Charlie. It is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Robert Paterson

too short

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:10 pm
by Charlie
email from Peter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

My only complaint about the "World of Music" programs (sorry about the American spelling) is that they are too short. Keep up the good work.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:49 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Charlie wrote:Katrina

Please, please can we have some more of the beautiful and talented PAMA INTERNATIONAL? Anything off the new album (Highrise, Come as You Are, Wherever you Lead) but not forgetting the most wonderful track Neither High or Dry off the Trojan album - a classic!!!!!!

Thanks now and have a good day..

PS Your show is great

The song Neither High nor Dry refers to Hurricane... Katrina...

Hmm... Sounds like self-promotion to me. What do you think, Jamdown?


PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:54 am
by Charlie
email from Ana Elisa de Campos Salles, Sao Paulo via Washington, DC

Hi Charlie, loved the program this week, as always. Not sure if you take requests for shows, but how about one (or two) programs to highlight music from the Caribbean? Maybe something like past and present. That part of the world also has some varied and wonderful music! Thank you.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:47 pm
by Charlie
1. Dave Mackenzie, Lincoln

As an insomniac, the 'world of music' has been a great help to while away the boredom of sleepless nights.

A great programme and a wonderful source of music to buy.

2. pauline simons, E.Foca, Izmir, Turkey

I have recently acquired the internet (quite changed my life!) I live in W.Turkey and have been unable to access your programme on World Service radio until now.

I listened to your programme in N.Cyprus before I moved to Turkey with my partner & have missed it so much.

I have always loved World Music - I became familiar with it when I worked in London (for 32 years!) before my retirement to Cyprus 5 years ago.

The music you play is superb (tho' some a little avant garde for me).

Thank you.


3. Michael Inglis, Liverpool

While I was working in Ethiopia with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) Feb 06 to Jan 08 my partner and I became big fans of your programme. The BBC World Service was our lifeline and your programme was a weekly highlight. Now that I am back in the UK I still avidly listen every week and want you to know how much I appreciate the fantastic music you expose listeners to in far away places. Keep the music flowing!


4. Valerie Richmond, Bermuda

Dear Charlie, THANK YOU Thank you, thank you! I cannot find the appropriate superlative for your programme.

You have provided so many years of enjoyment and such a breath of fresh air.

Loving Greetings and Best wishes



5. daniel payne, london

Just a suggestion for a program in the near future: film sound tracks from each continent

Just a thought after hearing tonight's show of the world of music by charlie gillett

9/10 for the show :)

makes my sundays


6. Nicer Hassan, Frankfurt, Germany

Dear Charlie Gillet,

I listen to your wonderful music frequently. I like the mix of music from all parts of the world you play.

Keep up the good work.

Thank you Sincerely,



7. Suman Chandra Poudel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sound great. Best of luck for your next concert. My fortune to see you when you visit Nepal with great performances...


8. Chernor Musa Jalloh, Freetown Sierra Leone

I really enjoyed listening your programme, i usually dance to the tunes. I love Latin songs, salsa and calypso. I really admired your great works in putting greats songs from around the world for listeners. I will be happy if you can kindly get tunes for Celia Cruz and Julio Iglesias. I wonder one day if i will able to own these great songs you played myself to keep me alive and kicking.

emails from New Zeland

PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:32 pm
by Charlie
email from

1. Geoff Ellett, Tauranga, New Zealand

I love your program, it's the radio highlight of my week.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (below) went #1 in Australia a couple of weeks ago, its somewhat simple structure is perhaps repetitive but it's a worthy addition to my collection and well worth your perusal.

Similar voice to Aaron Neville.


2. Name: Grant Procter, Auckland

Hi, Charlie, lots of thanks for all the great music over the years, but can I beg a bit more?

Can you find an excuse to repeat the song Subete No Hito No Kokoro Ni Hanna O from Peppermint Tea House?

It's gorgeous, but the only place I can find it as a download available to just American customers.

Thanks regardless.

Best wishes,



3. Christine McArthur, Auckland

Dear CG. Where I live we only get you on radio from 9pm to 9am and as am now grey haired I have the radio on all night. You come I do't know when, but if I'm sleeping I will often wake up cos your music choice just speaks to my soul. I seem to particularlyfor the music associated with the desert. I would just love to go that fest in Timbuktu, but it is exorbitantly expensive to get there from here.

Keep on musiking - you are one of the pleasures of my life.


Could you play some Ukrainian music one day,

PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:00 am
by Charlie
Charlie, I really love all the music you play, I feel like I am travelling all around the world meeting new people and imagining their lives through the beats and lyrics I just wish your show was longer than 26min they go so quickly. Could you play some Ukrainian music one day, as my mother and I are saving to go to Kiev to see where our family came from and I would love to here some of their tunes. I feel like I am travelling all around the world meeting new people and imagining their lives through the beats and lyrics I just wish your show was longer than 26min they go so quickly. Could you play some Ukrainian music one day, as my mother and I are saving to go to Kiev to see where our family came from and I would love to here some of their tunes.

I listen during the week while sitting at my desk at work.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:17 pm
by Charlie
Particularly enjoyed your selection this week. I listen during the week while sitting at my desk at work. First started listening when I heard Salif Keita in the early hours some months ago when I couldn,t sleep and had to rush out and buy a CD of his. Listening to Amadou Sodia I was thinking how like Salif Keita he was and then you mentioned a connection. JH

email from

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:36 am
by Charlie
emails from:

1. arthur kintu, kampala, Uganda

Charlie, i love your music selection so much.

But am just wondering whether you can play some more music from southern and eastern africa, because it seems western africa takes the biggest share.

I would prefer something from Oliver mutukuzi of zimbabwe.

Thank you .


2. jah B, Ghana

like your music arrangements and am looking forward in meeting you so we can partner and present a great show since i work as a broadcast journalist and present same music in Ghana, and will like us share and exchange music, bless every time and welcome to the beautiful side of life where we all live and life filled with the beauty to goodness. will be your audience on Saturday at same time to listen to a new music package


PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:34 pm
by Charlie
email from

1. Ebenezer Amponsah, Ashaiman, Ghana

I like your show very much. i am from Ghana.

i would like you to play songs from central and southern Africa.

i want to here songs from these parts of Africa as well.



2. Rick Pook, Port of Spain, Trinidad

could you play some Trinidadian Parang music please.......originating with the Spanish catholic settlers of the 17th century, now evolved into a secular form, still sung in Spanish and commonly performed at this time of the year. I can suggest some tunes if you want!!!


3. Langin Andale, PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

I am from Papua New Guinea, eastern half of the island of New Guinea. I regularly listen to the BBC World Service and I really enjoyed the four songs that you played yesterday (07.12.08). I would like to download such songs that you have aired in your program; so can you email them to me.


4. alexandra.vilas-boas, rio de janeiro

I'm Brazilian actually, but i'd be happy to teach you Spanish anytime!

:love your show, the way you offer - unpretentious-and-unpatronizingly,

great music. all the best.

y viva la World Music! (first lesson: viva means long live...)




CG reply: thanks Alexandra - do I need to come to Rio for my second lesson?


5. Ross Burns, Carlisle

Hello Charlie, China Crisis had their African and White song remixed by Steve Proctor in 1990. I wonder, have you heard it? I recall it from memory and, to me, sounds perfect for a spin on World of Music. Could you please play it if you have a copy; and if you haven't heard it, I commend it with a smile and quite some force. It is brilliant. Great programme - always a listener. Yours, Ross.


CG reply - have forgotten what it sounds like, will dig it out to listen again. thanks Ross

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:24 pm
by Charlie
email from

1. Jan Pirrie, Auckland, New Zealand

I am lucky in that I can travel widely in SE and E Asia.

I hear lots of exciting music from these areas but World of Music rarely visits, and it seems to me that this music deserves a wider audience.

The music is attractive and is as accessible to listeners as any other world music.

Charlie, please give it a go and incorporate some more into the programme.

Kind regards,
Jan Pirrie


CG reply:

My access to music from Asia is limited, and I tend to favour what strikes me hardest and what seems to 'fit' with everything else.

But there is no excuse for missing out more than half the world.

I will try harder



2. conrad mason, watford

Dear Charlie

Really a simple billet-doux, as it comes from the heart,to you regarding what I feel is a distinct lack of anything from the rich seam of Czech folk music in your excellent show although you do on occasion slip something in from Slovakia it would be great to also have some thing from Moravia or the south east of the country.

Just a thought



The Rev'd Canon A.A.IBITOYE. Greenwich, London,SE10 9JX.

Charlie,at this time of the year we your regular listener really appreciate all your efforts for the past years of hard work with an absolutely prudent and relentless hard work to collate all your records for the enjoyment of your listener apart from this you always take us back to the Memory lane.

Wishing you and your family Merry Xmas and a Very Happy New Year.

More grease to your elbow.

Very Many Thanks,


PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:22 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Joseluis Diaz, Annapolis, USA

I am biased I know but I still think the many types of the music of Peru are not noticed enough.

Yaravi, Marinera, Wayno, Lando, Sikury, Walts peruano, to list just a few types. Instruments of peruvian origen such as: cajon, charango, quijada, quena.

Thanks for your consideration

PS. INKA TERRA by Miky Gonzales- Great album


PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:54 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. Anonymous

Why do you call your programme the world of music ? You very rarely have any other music than African or middle eastern. Don't you know about the rest of the world ?