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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!

It was such a huge honour to welcome Dhafer Youssef to AWIL this week. His twenty-five year career through ethno jazz & Sufi sounds has taken him all over the globe, performing, composing, and creating outstanding albums. During his childhood years by the sea in Teboula, Dhafer built his own oud out of bits of boat wood and bicycle cable, whilst making do with the loan of a real guitar just once per month.

Skill to serenity through kora to guitar with Derek Gripper on this A World In London!

Global summer sounds in a cold June capital on this A World In London!

Tracklist

Hossam Ramzy - Sabla Tolo IV
Carlos Vives - Salvar Tu Amor
Nikki Yeoh - The Healer
Reem Kelani - Galilean Lullaby
Kanako Horiuchi/Falaye Sakho - Hana Umui
42 Strings - Midu Shange
Ema Yazurlo - Salvame
Dolma Renqingi - Chomolungma
Anthony Joseph - Mano Mano
Derek Gripper - Miniyamba
Nii Okai Tagoe - Oh Nu Kpa

Distinctive and evocative singer-songwriter Reem Kelani on this A World In London!

A mega-mix of global music on this A World In London with DJ Ritu!

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Cross-cultural capital music on this A World In London with DJ Ritu!

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Hossam Ramzy - Sabla Tolo IV - Egypt/UK

The London Lucumi Choir - Drume Negrita - UK ++

Calais Refugee Recs/Best Foot Music unknown artist?

3 Argentinas - Como Una Luz - UK/Argentina

Deepa Nair Rasiya - Moko Kahaan - UK/India

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - Agua - USA/Colombia

Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Rd Ensemble - Green - China/USA

Bessie Smith - On Revival Day - USA

Eva Salina - Akaja Rat - USA/Serbia

Fernando Moura - Mexidao - Brasil

Mamadou + Sama Yoon - Mangi Xaar - Poland

The magical harmonies of The London Lucumi Choir on this A World In London!

Eminent ethnomusicologists Veronica Doubleday & John Baily returned to AWIL this week with their potent & hypnotic songs from Herat. This ubiquitous duo are eminent beyond research & academia, as creative talents accomplished in photography, film-making, miniature painting, embroidery, and book writing. Their infinite ability to convey the very essence of Afghanistan and its best features, is utterly seductive through the anecdotes they share and the irresistible beauty of the music they make.

Nepalese folk songs from Night band on this A World In London! Thanks to the Making Tracks tour series, audiences throughout the UK have had the rare opportunity to enjoy a group from Kathmandu. Night come equipped with an assortment of instruments that have long disappeared out-of-fashion, championing the musical heritage of their country & revitalising it for the 21st century. However, all is not well in the trekkers’ paradise regarded as the gateway to the world’s most desirable peak. Mt.

Panama-ramic new global music on this A World In London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-179/

AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Apr 8 – Najma Akhtar@ Nehru Centre, Apr 10 – Manju Mehta @Nehru Centre (Sama Arts Network Women In Music Fest till Apr 28 @ various London venues incl. Nehru Centre), Apr 16 – Adrian Lever @ Cello Factory, Apr 17 – NIGHT @ Rich Mix, Apr 20 – London Klezmer Quartet @ Sands Films.... More at www.djritu.com

Non-stop global music on this A World In London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-172/

Awesome new CDs from the entire globe on this A World In London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-171/
AWIL Goin’ Global gigs guide: Feb 13 – Amaraterra @St. Ethelburgas, Feb 14 – Chinese New Year @Trafalgar Square, Feb 16 – 28 London Flamenco Fest @Sadler’s Wells, Feb 18 – Luca Luciano @The Vibe,... More at www.djritu.com

Awesome new CDs from the entire globe on this A World In London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-170/
AWIL Goin’ Global gigs guide: Feb 5 – Liz Chi Yen Liew & Chinese New Year celeb @Karamel, Feb 5 – Don Kipper @Green Note, Feb 6 – Rokia Traore @Roundhouse, Feb 6 – Dina El Wadidi @Islington Assembly Hall, Feb 13 – Amaraterra @St. Ethelburgas... More at www.djritu.com

Outstanding griot soul from Mali’s Trio Da Kali on A World In London! We talked about the factors which had drawn them together to form the trio, their travels on this tour - taking them to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, recording their debut album with the Kronos Quartet at World Circuit Records (set for release in 2017) - and their London gigs lined up at The British Library this weekend on January 22nd & 23rd.

Rising young stars, 42 Strings, are just beginning their journey as duo and it’s set to be an amazing ride! Comprised of New Yorker Althea SullyCole on kora and Beijing’s Muqi Li on zheng, these accomplished women met at SOAS last year and naturally gravitated towards each other’s harp orientated instruments. At this London University hub brimming with global musical talent, Muqi Li & Althea have bonded in complete harmony finding common ground over pentatonic scales and clashing keys, composing, synchronising, and ‘shwooping’!

If you’ve ever driven through the Spanish countryside you’ll know that it’s the best in the entire world. Endless ochre yellow & rich brown rolling hills dotted with olive groves and swathes of sunflower fields, basking in the scorching rays of the shiniest star. In one particular region – the Iberian peninsula – these earthy colours are even more magnificent and it’s also where the musical heritages of Arab traders, Sephardic Jews, and Celts have clashed and combined, culminating in the music of El Naán .

Essential new music from across the globe on this A World In London!

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New London duo Vocal Global make their radio debut on this A World In London!

How many music bands from Russia can you name? Yep..thought so... Well there’s only one group you need to remember: OTAVA YO. Hear them on this A World In London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-174/

Fantastic, festive, finale global CDs for A World In London at SOAS Radio before the Christmas break! Click here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-168 We return to your airwaves in January so take care and happy holidays!

Fresh festive releases for Chanukah and Xmas on THIS A World In London at SOAS Radio!
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Formidable flamenco & rumba guitar duo De Fuego left us breathless and awestruck with their live fretwork on THIS A World In London! Click here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-166

De Fuego was formed in 2010 by Edina Balczo & the late Davide Lufrano Chavez. On this AWIL Edina discusses the new chapter in De Fuego’s musical travels, alongside Spanish guitarist Marcos Rodriguez, taking in feisty performances at Glastonbury & across Europe, plus a healing trek through El Camino. http://defuego.co.uk http://www.twitter.com/defuegomusic http://www.facebook.com/defuegomusic

Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon This week Saba Anglana & Valkania on AWIL at Resonance FM.

Interview and Tracks from Iyatra Quartet

Uber cool new music from across the globe on Diwali day at A World In London! Click here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-164

Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon This week Lokito Ya Congo on AWIL at Resonance FM.
11/11/15 AWIL 164 #AWorldInLondon is podcast on Itunes & Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/

New sounds from across the globe on this A World In London! Click here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-163
Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon This week New Sound China UK on AWIL at Resonance FM.

28/10/15 AWIL 163 #AWorldInLondon is podcast on Itunes & Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/
A World In London with Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: mixlr.com/soasradio and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm.

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A feast of new global CDs on this A World In London! Click here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-162

Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon
This week Stepan Pasicznyk on AWIL at Resonance FM.
21/10/15 AWIL 162 #AWorldInLondon is podcast on iTunes & Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/

A World In London with Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: mixlr.com/soasradio and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm.
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Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ was first adapted for the operatic stage by Verdi in 1887. Now in 2015, you can see a rare one-off performance of ‘Otello’ at St. James Church, Piccadilly, on Friday October 23rd ! Produced by Nadine Benjamin’s innovative company Everybody Can! - the creative mentoring programme that gives voice to ‘unsung’ opera talent from ALL backgrounds. Hear magnificent soprano Nadine Benjamin and powerful tenor Ronald Samm on this A World In London by clicking here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-161

Classically trained flautist Maia Barouh dropped into A World In London after her debut performance at Rich Mix as part of The Mosaiques Festival. Having discovered her singing voice just recently, Maia draws upon her Japanese roots and fuses them with experimental pop & electronica. Her unique voice has a deep and breathy charm to it and she has acquired a rare and raw throat singing style from the Japanese island Amami. Soon to swap Paris for London as her new home, check out her debut album ‘Kodama’, produced by world music guru Martin Meissonnier. Hear Maia on this A World In London by clicking here: http://soasradio.org/content/awil-160

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