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SOAS Radio is truly excited to have DJ Ritu on board! Her show A World in London has long been a much-loved institution, recognized as the essential meeting point for world music fans and a hub for the industry. Originally broadcast on the BBC London, Ritu’s show has an unrivalled reputation for presenting a rich cultural mix that truly reflects the diverse musical tastes of London and its people.
Whether she's interviewing one of the leading lights of world music (past guests have included A R Rahman, Angelique Kidjo, Jah Wobble, Tinariwen, and Tarkan) or introducing listeners to new talent, Ritu’s down-to-earth approach demystifies world music, presenting it as a user-friendly genre which unites cultures and denies barriers.
For the very best sounds from all 4 corners of the globe, to hear the freshest (and often exclusive) new releases, to know who’s who, and what’s happening in town, check out A World In London every Wednesday at 3pm online and podcast!

East London born DJ Ritu began her career as a pop music expert in 1986. Since then she has been at the forefront of London’s global beats/world music scene. In the 90s she co-founded Outcaste Records signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri. She created two bands – first the Asian Equation and later Sister India – for whom she mixed cool Asian Underground vibes with trip-hop, drum & bass, and techno. She has toured in over 30 countries from Istanbul to Cape Town, Cairo to Tokyo, Toronto to Riga, and beyond, performing at major venues and festivals such as The Big Chill & WOMAD, Royal Festival Hall & Trafalgar Square.
In 2006, when the late Charlie Gillett resigned from BBC London due to ill-health Ritu was the natural choice as his successor. She re-launched the Saturday night world music slot with a particular focus on the UK’s capital and its diverse communities, championing emerging local artists and giving them airspace alongside established international stars such as Tarkan, Angelique Kidjo, A.R. Rahman, Mariza, & Omara Portuondo.
Ritu’s weekly show for BBC3 Counties Radio is now 20 years in the running and is syndicated in Germany, Turkey, & online. She has broadcast for BBC World Service, Kiss 100, and more. Ritu is a Rough Guides CD compiler and she runs three London clubs where you can hear her in action playing her unique mixes of North African, Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, and Bollywood flavours!

When Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent first met at a gig in Rio, it turned out to be a meeting of musical minds, samba soul, and complementary voices. Their 2011 brief encounter revealed a long-term appreciation of each other’s work, a shared love of nature, and a creative mutual understanding that has been binding ever since. Leading to conversations on email, then by log fires from the Rocky Mountains to Pão de Açúcar, and resulting in concert tours plus the formidable album ‘Ao Vivo’ - a collection of Marcos Valle’s major songs, recorded live at Rio’s Miranda in 2012.

One of joys of the joys about interviewing Martha D. Lewis is that it's like having a chinwag with your closest friend on the sofa, with the best music playing in the background - on this occasion, we’re listening to Martha’s latest album, ‘Homage To Roza’. Inspired by her leading role in the moving documentary charting the life & times of the legendary queen of the Greek Blues, Roza Eskenazi, Martha crafted this timeless album of exquisite beauty in her Budd Music studio.

The new CDs just keep pouring in from all continents! Try them out on this A World In London!
Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon Next week interviews with Marcos Valle & Martha D. Lewis before the summer hols!

Awesome global mix on this A World In London including new CDs from Niraj Chag and The West African Blues Project with Ramon Goose & Modou Toure!
This FRIDAY! A World In London-LIVE at The Southbank Centre, June 19th, with Ganga Thapa & Namlo, and Mosi Conde & Kaira Kora Afrika! Plus a global club set from DJ Ritu! 1pm – 10pm FREE!!!! Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon

10/6/15 AWIL 155

Stunning new global CDs on this A World In London! Hear the freshest releases from all 4 corners of the globe!
Next Wednesday on AWIL radio – Brit-Asian composer Niraj Chag 4pm SOAS Radio and Muhammad Al Hussaini 6.30pm at Resonance FM! A World In London-LIVE at The Southbank Centre, Friday June 19th, with Ganga Thapa & Namlo, and Mosi Conde & Kaira Kora Afrika! Plus a global club set from DJ Ritu! 1pm – 10pm FREE!!!! Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon

AWIL 154 - 3/6/2015

Tuareg band Toumast shared their unique, first hand insights about the Kel Tamasheq people in the Saharan desert on this A World In London. Our interview with Toumast is enthralling and fascinating so if you are at all curious about other cultures and lives lived in remote parts of the world that you have never visited, listen here!

27/5/15 - AWIL 153

Esteemed photographer Henrietta Butler spoke on this A World in London about THE TUAREG AND A HISTORY OF THE SAHARA & series of events at The Royal Geographical Society, June 2nd till 20th. Catch this remarkable exhibition, the first of its kind, which reveals the proud nomadic culture of the Kel Tamasheq people, from Timbuktu to Cairo!


Supreme ambassador for the West African harp, Seckou Keita was on this #AWorldinLondon! Playing live in the studio, Seckou shared inspiring wisdoms handed down from his grandparents in Senegal whilst also explaining his rich heritage and griot lineage through his Cissokho side of family. Seckou’s compositions are orchestrated from his very heart in order to reach ours, and this gifted musician instils a sense of serenity through his masterful playing and infinite respect for the kora.

Fresh new global CDs on A World In London this week!!! Next Wednesday, Seckou Keita live in the studio!

Ethiopian born singer/songwriter Meklit returned to A World In London during her UK tour which kicks off at the Southbank Centre tonight. Her new album, ‘We Are Alive’, released on Monday by Six Degrees Records, marks a potent new chapter in this talented artist’s journey through continents, creativity, and passion for humanity. Plus, a preview of the forthcoming album by Nijaz, and music from last week’s AWIL guests, PSK Trio!

Two mighty bands on this #AWorldinLondon! Desert blues giants Terakaft flew in from Mali via Paris and showcased their brilliant new album on this AWIL. Diara, Sanou & manager Phillipe Brix spoke about the ever-changing circumstances for the nomadic Tuaregs in the Sahara, 1980s exile to Libya, and the discovery of guitars as a new voice for the ‘unemployed’ that sparked the creation of Tinariwen. Find Terakaft’s album, ‘Alone’, on Out Here Recs May 15th and see them in London during their next Euro tour in September!
Pe-de-Jurema played live on this AWIL with a glorious set of roots music & infectious Afro-Brazilian rhythms from North East Brazil. Members Alba Cabral, Fernando Machado, and Alua Nascimento – part of the Nascimento caporeira dynasty – will be on stage at The George Tavern this Sunday, May 3rd. Catch them alongside Kandialy Kouyate and more for the first ever London Unscene event, FREE! Click here to listen:

The Grand Union Orchestra is currently presenting a fantastic new series of events across East London titled ‘The Isle Is Full Of Noises’. Till April 26th, this unique orchestra and it’s off-shoots tell innovative stories of migration & cultural collaboration through music, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the recent plight of migrants in the Mediterranean. Catch Grand Union Orchestra creator, director Tony Haynes - inspirational visionary - on this A World In London!! More info:
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Phenomenally talented Ethiopian writer/singer/composer and divine human spirit, Gabriella Ghermandi guested on this #AWorldinLondon. Her impassioned lyrics and love-fused music have culminated in a superb & refreshing debut album, ‘Atse Tewodros Project’.

Fresh new global music delights on this #AWorldinLondon! Including Bassekou Kouyate, Terakaft, and Gotan Project’s Plaza Francia!

Non-stop global music and fresh new releases from Trio Da Kali, Esko Jarvela Epic Male Band, Cheikh Lo, and more!!!

Isa Suarez is a music-maker defying boundaries & borders. She composes for film, TV, and self, charting life with all its pleasures as well as its challenges. Her career has seen journeys from the Basque region, to Capetown and beyond, with collaborations along the way involving The Orb and Transglobal Underground. Hear Isa’s excellent interview on this #AWorldInLondon! Plus, new CDs from the late Cesaria Evora, Kiran Ahluwalia, and Seckou Keita!

An extra special A World In London, live from the Brunei Gallery, for World Radio Day! 13/2/15

Very Special Edition of A World in London:

DJ Ritu in an exclusive interview with Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel on their Europe Tour!

Track List

Album: The Touré-Raichel Collective - The Paris Session

1) Philipa
2) Hodu
3) Gassi Gabbi (feat. Eyal Sela)
4) Allassal Terey
5) Odjus Fitxadu (from album: The Idan Raichel Project: Within my walls)
6) Diaraby
7) Debo

Sensational new global releases on this A World In London from Buena Vista Social Club, Green Clouds, Dele Sosimi, and more!!

Fiery new global tunes on AWIL 139! So hot that they raised the fire alarm at SOAS! Excuse the shorter show but evacuation beckoned!

First week back at SOAS Radio for A World In London with Cultural Co-operation, and we’re straight in with some fresh CDs for 2015! Happy New Year! Happy new global music!!

Talented singer/songwriter Roshi featuring Pars Radio was our guest on this A World In London, bringing her experimental and hi-tech wizardry of Iranian influenced sounds to the show! See her live at the Oval Tavern in Croydon on January 22nd!
Also on this A World In London, a round-up of CDs by some of the amazing artists who have been on the show in 2014 – it’s been an outstanding year for awesome interviews and live sessions produced in conjunction with Cultural Co-operation.
AWIL at SOAS Radio takes a short break now till January 14th and we wish you a very merry festive season and thank you for all your love & support this year! See you in 2015!

Superb live session from Valkania on this A World In London! Hear Viktor Mastoridis & Andy Dewar playing their infectious mix of Balkan folk, western rock, and Rhythm n’ Blues. With original songs in Greek, Macedonian, Bulgarian, plus a cover of a Rolling Stones classic!

Non-stop global music from DJ Ritu featuring excellent new CDs by Lucas Santtana, Joyce Moreno, and DJ Dolores!

DJ Ritu in the mix for this AWIL, featuring excellent new CDs from across the globe by Taraf De Haidouks, Da Lata, and many more!

Re-think everything you know about Goa and hear Mary Anne Cordeiro on this AWIL! She’s an inspiring catalyst for change in India’s smallest but wealthiest state on the west coast. Deccan Heritage Foundation aims to empower children and young people in Goa and is presenting an awesome new initiative this December. Be there at the first Reis Magos International Festival of Music Dec 11th & 12th, or find out what you can do to support the foundation!
Plus in this A World In London, new CDs by Paolo Conte, Razia from Madagascar, Son De La Frontera’s Raul Rodriguez, and the debut album by Namvula!

The Grand Union Orchestra have just celebrated 30 years on the road! Boasting a core team of over 30 musicians, all Londoners from multicultural backgrounds, this brilliant orchestra is undoubtedly the most diverse in existence. Their music conveys powerful & evocative stories about migration and unification. Musical director, Tony Haynes has created a new show to mark their three decades of activity, so catch him on this AWIL, alongside general manager Claire Sivier, talking about ‘Undream’d Shores’ which runs at The Hackney Empire Nov 1st & 2nd! Also on this A World In London, new CDs from Amparo Sanchez, Aziz Sahmaoui, and Martha D. Lewis.

Exciting young producer NaamLess, showcases his debut EP, The Heights, on AWIL/CC 130 - Featuring the cream of new Brit-Asian talent! Plus fresh global releases from world music giants Omara Portuondo, Tony Allen, Clannad, Amira Medunjanin, & Brian Eno! 15/10/14
A World In London with Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: Online at iTunes/SOAS Radio website Twitter:@djritu1

Uber cool global tunes & DJ Ritu in the mix on AWIL/CC 129 8/10/14

Fresh and awesome a‘cappella trio YANTRA, live at AWIL! Hear their debut album, A Journey Through Timelessness, an ultimate and unique blending of musical traditions from Bulgaria, the UK and India, through the stunning voices of Eugenia Georgieva, Jeremy Birchall, & Vamshi Krishna Vishnu-Das.