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AWIL 235 - A Chabuca & Ajay Srivastav Thu, 2017-10-05 16:39

A double helping of global guests from Peru to British Asia on this A World in London!

Eloquent broadcaster Mabele Martinez is passionate about introducing world sounds to Peru, and Peru to the rest of the world. Hence, together with Susana Roca Rey she’s instigated a brilliant new album showcasing songs by legendary Peruvian singer/composer Chabuca Granda(1920-1983). An illustrious line up of superstar vocalists travelled to Lima to record magnificent reinterpretations of La Granda’s creations fitting for the 21st century, and the resulting ‘A Chabuca’ album is now nominated for two Grammy awards! Hear extracts on this AWIL, plus find out more than you think you know about Peru, beyond Machu Picchu & Andes pan-pipes! London-based composer/musician Ajay Srivastav was also on this AWIL with his tabla comrade Vinod Kerai, revealing a new selection of soul-searching songs that explore life, love, and personal identity. Ajay is renowned for his funky Bollywood band Botown that has a huge cult following. Botown’s December show at Harrow Arts Centre is already sold out but catch Ajay in a more philosophical mode on this AWIL with an exclusive preview of his forthcoming solo album, ‘Between The Cracks’.


Joji Hirota Chikyu Japan/UK

Balagan Cafe Band Ticharaca Tchoub UK

Montgomery Sadler The Sea – 1st movement UK

Ruben Blades La Flor De La Canela Panama

Jorge Drexler El Surco Spain

Pedro Guerra Fina Estampa Peru

Ajay Srivastav Namaste UK/India

‘ ‘ Between The Cracks ‘ ‘

AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Oct 7 iYatra Quartet @ Half Moon, Oct 7 Grupo Lokito @ Hootenanny, Oct 8 Rebet Asker @ Green Note, Oct 14 Yaaba Funk, Amira Kheir ++ @Africa in the Square, Oct 16 Habib Koite @ Nell’s Jazz & Blues, Oct 19 Habib Koite @Rich Mix, Oct 21 Olcay Bayir ++ @ Kings Place…more at

4/10/17 AWIL 235 #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud: A World In London – in its ELEVENTH year! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays. Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon This week Kan Beng at Resonance, click: Next week Pete Lockett @ SOAS and Adam Blake at Resonance. Twitter:@djritu1 @aworldinlondon