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!

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  • A World In London

  • AWIL

  • World Music


  • SOAS Radio

  • World

  • UK

  • London

  • India

  • Guy Schalom


  • Cuba

  • Mokoomba

  • Martin Alvarado


  • Los Desterrados

  • Idan Raichel

  • London Lucumi Choir

  • Pink Martini

  • Bassekou Kouyate

  • Global

  • interview


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  • Senegal

  • Mali


  • Mulele Matondo Afrika

  • Tamikrest

  • Spain

  • London Afrobeat Collective


  • Seckou Keita

  • Baloji

  • Ethiopia

  • Sunday Driver

  • Invisible System

  • percussion

  • Brazil


  • Tatcho Drom

  • Western Sahara

  • Israel

  • Fanfare Ciocarlia

  • Alexander D. Great

  • Germany

  • Wara


  • DR Congo

  • Serbia

  • Monsieur Doumani

  • De Fuego

  • Tania Saleh

  • The Alaev Family

  • lucas santtana


  • Valkania

  • Griselda Sanderson

  • Che Sudaka

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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

A World in London - 267 - Aimee LeonardWed, 2018-07-04 12:56

Bodhran & beyond with multi-faceted musician/singer and enigmatic educator, Aimée Leonard on this A World in... See details

A World in London 266 - New CDsMon, 2018-07-02 11:52

Scorching hot new global CDs rounded up by Norman Druker & DJ Ritu on this A World in London!  Find all... See details

A World in London 265 - Eliza ShaddadThu, 2018-06-21 12:28

Exceptional & eloquent singer/songwriter Eliza Shaddad on this A World in London! Eliza Shaddad’s new... See details

A World in London 264 - Bryde & Karima FrancisFri, 2018-06-15 13:55

Superb singer/songwriters Bryde & Karima Francis on this A World in London! The Mayor of London’s new music... See details

A World in London 263 - Djanan TuranFri, 2018-06-08 16:45

We were joined by our live guest, Djanan Turan, who us about her support work with Middle Eastern refugee children in... See details

A World in London 262 - Focus Africa FestivalTue, 2018-06-05 12:30

This week's A World In London guest Atta Kouassi, of Focus Organisation, told us about the Focus Africa 2018 music... See details

AWIL 261 - Marcus CorbettThu, 2018-05-24 16:40

Marlborough 2 Maharashtra with Marcus Corbett on this A World in London, plus new duo Stornelli! Marcus Corbett... See details

AWIL 260 - Eugenia GeorgievaFri, 2018-05-18 15:58

Queen bee of Bulgarian folk music, Eugenia Georgieva on this A World in London! Click... See details

AWIL 259 - Daemonia NympheFri, 2018-05-11 14:23

Fascinating Greek musical mythology with Daemonia Nymphe on this A World in London!  Spyros G. and Evi S.... See details

AWIL 258 - Branco StoysinTue, 2018-05-08 16:42

Sunlit guitar compositions with Branco Stoysin on this A World in London!  Branco Stoysin unveiled his wonderful... See details

AWIL 257 - Jamie RentonFri, 2018-04-27 14:22

DJ, journalist, club promoter, and music lover Jamie Renton on this A World in London!  There’s never a chance to... See details

A World in London 256 - Paul FisherThu, 2018-04-19 17:45

We invited Far Side Radio's Paul Fisher to give us a beginner's introduction to new music from Asia – as widely as he... See details

AWIL 255 - The Sophie Darling TakeoverThu, 2018-04-12 14:15

With Ritu in India, SOAS Radio's Sophie Darling makes a selection of her favourite tracks from A World In London. You... See details

A World in London 254 - Garth CartwrightMon, 2018-04-09 12:18

Going For A Song with author Garth Cartwright on this A World in London! Who doesn’t love records? That’s like... See details

AWIL 253 - Lucie CaswellThu, 2018-03-29 13:43

Tips & tricks for musicians by Lucie Caswell from The FAC on this A World in London! Click here:... See details

AWIL 252 - Blood Tub OrchestraThu, 2018-03-22 17:41

Musician/Producer Tim Whelan introduces The Blood Tub Orchestra on this A World in London!  Tim Whelan is one of... See details

AWIL 251 - Amanda NoarThu, 2018-03-08 22:49

Impact Theatre Company director Amanda Noar on this A World in London! For International Women’s Week we spoke... See details

A World In London 250 - Afla Sackey!Fri, 2018-02-23 00:12

Percussion maestro & exceptional music-maker, Afla Sackey dropped in to this A World in London!  Afla will be... See details

AWIL 248 - Trip Around The Globe!Thu, 2018-02-01 20:40

A trip around the globe with the freshest new international CDs on this A World in London! Listen in anytime,... See details

A World in London 247Thu, 2018-01-25 15:16

Percussion queen, Elizabeth Nott on this A World in London! Click... See details

A World In London 246 - New Year Music!Thu, 2018-01-18 16:40

The finest selection of New Year global music on this A World in London!  Brand new CDs for 2018 by international... See details

A World In London 245 - Brickwork LizardsFri, 2018-01-12 14:09

Global music chameleons, the Brickwork Lizards on this A World in London!  Oxford’s premier genre-crossing band... See details

A World in London 244 - Marina Deligianni & Sofi PechivaniWed, 2017-12-20 17:23

Queens of harmony – Marina Deligianni & Sofia Pechlivani on this festive A World in London! Click... See details

AWIL 243 - Michael BristowSat, 2017-12-09 12:07

BBC broadcaster & author of ‘China In Drag’, Michael Bristow on this A World in London! China is a country that... See details

A World in London 242 - LatchepenThu, 2017-11-23 17:18

London four-piece band Latchepen debuted in our studio at SOAS Radio this week, dashing through a repertoire of... See details

A World In London 241 - Mary Ann KennedyThu, 2017-11-16 16:06

Multi-faceted ‘Voice of Scotland’, Mary Ann Kennedy on this A World in London! Click here:... See details

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