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A World In London

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!

Mokoomba from Zimbabwe were warmly welcomed back at A World In London. Flying in from gigs in Australia & New Zealand this young band gave us an exclusive preview of their second album and some delightful 4-part a cappella harmonies.

Fusing tango with pop & jazz, the 3 Argentinas are a refreshing and talented trio lighting up London’s music scene. Performing soul-touching songs from their debut CD, La Estrella, hear them live on this A World In London and see them at Water Rats, Kings Cross on April 13th! Plus new albums from Seun Kuti, Toumani Diabate, and Amira Kheir!

Virtuoso guitarist & gifted composer Eduardo Niebla live in concert with Carl Herring on this A World In London!

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Pavlos Carvalho returns to A World In London to tell us about the first ever Rebetiko Carnival! Set your diaries for June and a feast of outstanding music! Plus, new CDs on this AWIL from Mayra Andrade, Habib Koite, She’Koyokh, and more!

Infectious, superlative Highlife, Afrobeat, & funk from Ghanaian-born, London-based talent, Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu. Live on this A World In London!

London-based Fugata Quintet guest on this A World In London. The ensemble’s founder and pianist Anahit Chaushyan talks about their compelling interpretation of compositions by revered composer, Astor Piazzola, and the joy of Neuvo Tango! New releases featured on this AWIL, come in from Susheela Raman, The new Rough Guide To Mali, and formidable Pink Martini collaborating with the real Von Trapp family!

Award-winning master of melody, Idan Raichel chats with Ritu on the phone from Israel. His superb new album, ‘Quarter To Six’ features vocals from Ana Moura, Vieux Farka Toure, Andreas Scholl, and many more illustrious artists. Who will be live on stage with Idan at Camden’s Koko on March 2nd?? Find out, on this A World In London!

Brand new global albums from Slovakia, Finland, and Cuba come under the spotlight in this AWIL!

‘Songs of The Dinka of South Sudan’ explained and explored by SOAS lecturer, Dr. Angela Impey. Africa’s newest nation unveiled in this A World In London special!

New music for the New Year including freshly-laid albums by Aziza Brahim and Fanfare Ciocarlia!

Congolese superstar Baloji in interview with DJ Ritu on this A World In London special!

Xmas time on AWIL with a worldy festive party led by the fabulous female London-Mediterranean band PAKAW!

As the world said farewell to Nelson Mandela, composer and virtuoso guitarist Simon Thacker nipped over to AWIL from Edinburgh, showcasing his excellent album Rakshasa!

Luna and Ritu discuss the latest new global releases including CDs from Angelique Kidjo and Lenka Lichtenberg!

The grooviest Latin funk & jazz played live on this AWIL by Penya!! This fantastic London-based band was formed in 2009 by Angelica Lopez & Magnus Mehta, and we can’t wait for their debut album to be released. See them in concert at The Forge on Friday!

Talented singer/composer Clara Sanabras returned to AWIL with an exclusive preview of her forthcoming album, ‘Scattered Flight.’ Weaving songs around the theme of exile from Spain, fifteenth century to present day, Scattered Flight is a must-listen along with this A World In London episode!

Chris Franck from Da Lata returned to AWIL and reflected upon 20 years of the band’s Brit-Afro-Brazilian vision. Da Lata’s new album ‘Fabiola’ is out now with a top line-up of featured vocalists including Cape Verde’s Mayra Andrade, Senegal’s Diabel Sissoko, and Luisa Maita of Brazil!

Kathak dancer and dance company director Amina Khayyam spoke about the excellent new theatre production YERMA on this AWIL. An adaptation of Lorca’s classic, Yerma is on tour across the UK now!

Fabulous Venezuelan percussionist Elizabeth Nott joined Ritu & Luna on this AWIL, to talk about her new DumTak Project and her collaboration with author Robina Beckles Wilson on the Music In Stories CD. See DumTak live on Nov 16th in London!

They Say Jump perform at Wormfood’s Autumn Carnival this Friday at Rich Mix! Catch them live on this AWIL!

London Gypsy Orchestra’s Gundula Gruen joined Ritu & Luna on this AWIL. Hear the unmissable story behind her new Tatcho Drom album, ‘The Devil’s Lentil Soup’!

Luna Silva and DJ Ritu explore the latest and best new global CDs!
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Ethiopia’s Meklit Hadero in-depth on this one hour AWIL special!

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Exquisite songs and lullabies with a South Indian flavour from rock fans Sunday Driver, live on this AWIL! Listen out for their forthcoming E.P., ‘Flo’!

Flamenco guitarist and global composer Sacha Silva brought his wonderful band and a series of exclusive track previews live to this A World In London! Leading us into the summer break as AWIL returns in September.

Journalist Ognjen Tvrtkovic joins Ritu with a special and exclusive selection of the latest Sevdah releases from Bosnia and Slovenia!
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New and non-stop music in this AWIL including fresh albums from Concha Buika & Souad Massi!
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Excellent new CD, ‘Stand Up People’ was given an exclusive airing on this AWIL by compilers Philip Knox & Nat Morris! Gems from Roma artists during the Tito years in former Yougoslavia, 1960-1980!
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The Iran Children’s Charity event at Trent Park, Saturday June 15th, is discussed with director & trustee, Dr. Helen Najad on this AWIL!
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