A World In London

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DJ Ritu, pioneering international turntablist & BBC Radio presenter, hosts/produces A World in London at SOAS Radio, University of London, and at Resonance 104.4FM. In the ‘90s she co-founded Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri. She has toured extensively in over 30 countries with her bands Sister India and the Asian Equation, performing at major venues and festivals including The Big Chill, WOMAD, The Royal Festival Hall and Trafalgar Square. Joining BBC London in 2006, she inherited Charlie Gillett’s slot, and then expanded it into ‘A World In London’. The show is recognized as an essential meeting point for world music fans and a hub for the industry. It has an unrivalled reputation for presenting a rich cultural mix that truly reflects the diverse musical tastes of London and its people. Guests include international stars such as Tarkan, Angelique Kidjo, Bebel Gilberto, AR Rahman, and Esma Redzepova, though the show aims to champion local up & coming talent. Her other weekly show for BBC Three Counties Radio ran for over 20 years and was syndicated in Germany, Turkey & Sweden. Ritu has also broadcast for BBC World Service, Kiss 100, and other stations. Rough Guides CD compiler, and EBU chart panel member, Ritu manages two London club nights: Kuch Kuch and Club Kali which are the longest running Bollywood events in the UK. A musical chameleon, her repertoire includes Soul, Disco, Motown, Pop, Drum n’ Bass, as well as Turkish, Greek, African, Latin, and Middle-Eastern sounds. She regularly comperes at various festivals and appears often at The Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, and various nightspots!

By Year

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

By Tag

  • DJ Ritu

  • A World In London

  • AWIL

  • World Music


  • SOAS Radio

  • World

  • UK

  • India

  • London

  • Guy Schalom


  • Los Desterrados

  • Mokoomba

  • Cuba


  • Martin Alvarado

  • interview

  • Folk


  • Senegal

  • Mali

  • Idan Raichel

  • Pink Martini

  • Bassekou Kouyate

  • London Lucumi Choir

  • Global

  • Sunday Driver

  • Brazil


  • Mulele Matondo Afrika

  • Tamikrest

  • Spain

  • Baloji

  • London Afrobeat Collective


  • Invisible System

  • percussion

  • Ethiopia

  • Seckou Keita

  • Te Vaka

  • Valkania

  • Griselda Sanderson


  • Che Sudaka

  • The Bombay Royale

  • Angelique Kidjo

  • Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

  • Carmen Souza

  • Zimbabwe

  • Arhai

  • Western Sahara

  • Israel

  • Alexander D. Great

  • Namvula

  • Wara


  • DR Congo

  • Serbia

  • Germany

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AWIL 309 - HanitraFri, 2019-07-19 13:51

We were delighted to welcome Hanitra back to our show, just before her concert at Tuned In London. This time she... See details

AWIL - 308 - Sophie Darling & Quinton ScottMon, 2019-07-15 16:34

Appropriate appropriation with musician/radio producer Sophie Darling & Strut Records CEO Quinton Scott on this A... See details

AWIL - 307 - Aino MoongoTue, 2019-07-09 16:40

Namibian music & Stolen Moments with curator Aino Moongo on this A World in London! Click... See details

AWIL - 306 - Global New MusicThu, 2019-06-27 18:09

Sizzling summer sounds on this A World in London! Click here:... See details

AWIL - 305 - Juliana YazbeckTue, 2019-06-25 16:43

Goddess of soulful & sagely hip hop poetry, Juliana Yazbeck on this A World in London! Click here:... See details

AWIL 303 - StringTingWed, 2019-06-19 15:15

Talented new trio StringTing made their debut outing on radio with us at AWIL today! Freestyling between jazz &... See details

AWIL 302 - Angie PaiceThu, 2019-06-06 11:35

One of the campaigns singer/songwriter Angie Paice is passionate about concerns Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has... See details

A World in London 301 - nu global!Thu, 2019-05-16 14:10

A kaleidoscope of new global music on this A World in London – previewed by Norman Druker & DJ... See details

A World in London 300 - Tomorrow's Warriors!Mon, 2019-05-13 11:24

Everyone’s talking about Tomorrow’s Warriors, the brilliant organisation pivotal in changing the face of UK jazz,... See details

A World in London 299 - Live Music NowTue, 2019-05-07 11:43

The Yehudi Menuhin School is renowned for its world-class expertise in music tuition for gifted children, and named... See details

A World in London 297 - BonnendisThu, 2019-04-18 12:10

London’s very best musicians make up the trio assigned to take you on a beautiful Aegean journey via your ears.... See details

A World In London - 296 - Fiona FeyTue, 2019-04-16 12:07

We love exclusives at AWIL especially when they’re as excellent as Fiona Fey’s forthcoming CD, Naïve Wisdom.... See details

A World in London 295 - Anthony JosephFri, 2019-04-05 11:39

Last November a concert took place at The Barbican which EVERYBODY wanted to go to. Windrush: A Celebration, was... See details

AWIL 294 - Shuva DasMon, 2019-04-01 14:17

Singer, songwriter, and rock guitarist Shuva Das is set to break the mould as a new talent in the world of music.... See details

AWIL 293Thu, 2019-03-21 17:43

We caught sensational saxophonist, composer, and band-leader Branford Marsalis between dates on his current tour across... See details

AWIL 291 - Diana LwangaMon, 2019-03-11 11:25

On Saturday Diana Lwanga will perform at Camden’s Green Note with the superlicious Seby Ntege band, but on this AWIL... See details

AWIL 290 - Winter summer musicMon, 2019-03-04 12:17

Lucas Keen & DJ Ritu explore a global warming mix of CDs during the UK’s Winter-Summer on this A World in London! See details

AWIL 289 - Aga UjmaThu, 2019-02-21 13:44

Aga Ujma is one of the most exciting newcomers to join the AWIL in the last year. Between Masters degree studies at... See details

A World In London 288 - Joji HirotaThu, 2019-02-14 11:26

Every date with Joji Hirota on AWIL is a blessing and on this occasion we caught him in a reflective mood. Joji is just... See details

AWIL 287 - Vivi LachsFri, 2019-02-08 12:20

It’s surprising that more books haven’t been written about London’s musical history given that we live in a city... See details

AWIL 286 - SHADO MagazineThu, 2019-01-31 14:43

A brand new creativity & culture magazine has just been launched and it’s rather brilliant! SHADO which stands... See details

AWIL 285Fri, 2019-01-25 14:27

It's a Sophie Darling and Norman Druker take-over this week as they play some upcoming CDs for 2019, and remind us of... See details

AWIL 284 - Arsen Petrosyan & Jenny BlissThu, 2019-01-17 14:48

Arsen Petrosyan & Jenny Bliss synchronise as one outstanding voice for early music and ancient instruments, yet... See details

Fri, 2019-01-11 10:51

Norman Druker & DJ Ritu peruse the best new global music offerings for 2019, including CDs by Dub Colossus, Kel Assouf,... See details

AWIL 282 - The SagesThu, 2018-12-13 13:58

You know those ‘wow’ faces made by the judges on Britain’s Got talent when they see something special? Well that... See details

AWIL 281 - Shirley ThompsonFri, 2018-12-07 11:39

On the Tube between SOAS Radio and Resonance FM, the AWIL team were discussing exactly what it takes to compose a... See details

AWIL 280 - Piers FacciniMon, 2018-12-03 12:42

We highlighted some all-important events in the capital’s calendar on this show, and first up was the Focus Africa... See details

AWIL 279 - Daemonia NympheFri, 2018-11-23 11:30

Daemonia Nymphe, the mystical masters of magical, musical mythology, are back with three fresh neofolk-fuelled tracks... See details

A World in London 278 - MinyeshuMon, 2018-11-19 15:02

A World In London at SOAS Radio features an interview with Ethiopian singer Minyeshu Kifle. AWIL's Sophie Darling... See details

A World in London 277 - Xylophone CulturesMon, 2018-11-19 14:57

Celebrating and exploring the many xylophone cultures of Africa on this A World in London! A World in London's Lucas... See details

A World in London 276 - New Global MusicMon, 2018-11-12 12:36

DJ Ritu, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and Lucas Keen review the latest & best international CDs in this Diwali... See details

A World in London 275 - GRRRLThu, 2018-11-01 15:37

There’s a rare chance to catch the most dazzling, daring, and dynamic music collective at Rich Mix this week, when... See details

A World in London 274 - Desta HaileMon, 2018-10-22 12:40

Languages Through Music is the brilliant brainchild of Desta Haile. After working in music & language teaching... See details

A World in London - 273 - Shirley SmartMon, 2018-10-15 12:43

London, Oct. 24th at the Vortex - that's when Shirley Smart launches her debut album! Her rich and varied repertoire is... See details

A World in London - 272 - Heather InnesMon, 2018-10-08 12:49

We caught up with Heather Innes mid-tour and between her travels across the UK to promote her excellent new album,... See details

A World in London - 271 - John ArmstrongSun, 2018-10-07 12:46

Lifetime music lover John Armstrong has been at the forefront of bringing music from around the world to London for... See details

A World in London - MeklitThu, 2018-07-26 13:24

Ethio-Jazz for the twenty-first century with Meklit on this A World in London!  When the People Move, The Music... See details

A World in London 269 - Kedar SharmaFri, 2018-07-20 18:30

Spiritual awakenings with singer/composer Kedar Sharma on this A World in London! Delhi-born, Kolkata-raised... See details

A World in London 268 - Ji LiuFri, 2018-07-13 15:45

Gifted concert pianist & classical music star Ji Liu on this A World in London! Ji Liu’s professional foray... See details

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