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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!

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! http://soasradio.org/content/awil-130 15/10/14
A World In London with Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: mixlr.com/soasradio Online at iTunes/SOAS Radio website https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu Twitter:@djritu1 www.djritu.com

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.

Non-stop global beats after a long summer break!

Leading Gnawi & multi-talented musician Boujemaa Bouboul guested on this A World In London! Shedding light on the origins of Gnawa music and tradition, Boujemaa brought his hypnotic rhythms alive in the studio!

Dynamic young rapper & masterful lyricist Afrikan Boy was on this A World In London! Ambassador for Yoruba roots, Afrobeats, and Urban London, Afrikan Boy gave us an exclusive preview of his album ABCD, hot off the presses! See him at Celebrating Sanctuary on June 15th before he zooms off for some gigs in Lagos next week!

Percussionist, dancer, and Arabic music champion Guy Schalom returned to A World In London, refreshed & remixed with his wonderful new album, Baladi Blues Reloaded! Featuring tracks treated to a workout by Transglobal Underground, Kamel Nitrate, and a host of clubby producers, Guy’s Egyptian melodies are transported into new territories! See Guy Schalom & TGU live at Underbelly, Hoxton on June 13th!

Javier Limón & Magos Herrera dropped in for an exclusive interview at A World In London during their European tour. The exceptional jazz/flamenco album in which Magos & Limón reflect their synchronicity as kindred musical spirits is ‘Dawn’, jointly produced & lovingly crafted by this duo, with original compositions plus reinterpretations of classics by Miles Davis, Mongo Santamaria, and more.

Delicious steam-punk band Sunday Driver returned to A World In London for a special edition. Their unique take on South Indian folk songs served up with a London/Cambridge sensibility form the basis for their new mini-album, ‘Flo’, and a new direction in their musical journey. This AWIL is an essential listen, for an in-depth live session, led by the gentle, lilting voice of Chandy Nath, James ‘Joel’ Clayton on guitar and Kat ‘clarinet’ Arney!

Dazzling & delightful Turkish singer/composer, Djanan Turan returns to this A World In London with an eclectic set of new songs. Accompanied by Funkshy’s Tansay Omar & guitarist Fati!

Award-winning composer & slide-guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya is back in the UK with Making Tracks. As an added bonus, his talented 17 year-old daughter Anandi joins the Calcutta Chronicles tour, and you can hear the fantastic father & daughter duo perform live on this A World In London! Catch Debashish Bhattacharya & band at a venue near you for an unmissable taste of exactly what is Beyond The Ragasphere!

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Ahmed Dickinson is a supreme musician schooled in Havana and London. Bringing great sensitivity and dexterity to the art of guitar-playing, Ahmed returns to A World In London after four years. On this show he plays his intricate interpretations of Eduardo Martin compositions, recorded for The Havana Suite album. See these two Cuban virtuosos together, live, in concert at Bolivar Hall on May 14th!

Hasmik Movsisian returns to AWIL with a wonderful selection of rarely-heard sounds. Her excellent organisation, Music of Armenia is now five years old and is the prime champion for promoting Armenian culture abroad!
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World pop, jazz, cabaret, and spoken-word are the signatures of Chico Chica, the accomplished & quirky British trio, guesting on this A World In London! Plus new CDs in from Mor Karbasi, Javier Limon, Kronos Quartet, Yaabafunk, and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars!!
A World In London live on Wednesdays, 5pm, from SOAS Radio: mixlr.com/soasradio
Online at iTunes/SOAS Radio
website https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu
Twitter:@djritu1 www.djritu.com

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!

A World In London live on Wednesdays, 5pm, from SOAS Radio: http://mixlr.com/soasradio Online at iTunes/SOAS Radio website https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu Twitter:@djritu1 (https://twitter.com/djritu1) www.djritu.com

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!

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