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African, Latin and World beats presented by DJ Rita Ray.

Rita Ray is a club and radio DJ who plays the global musical spectrum. She played a big part in revitalising the African music scene in London by co-running and DJing at the Mambo Inn in Brixton. She now plays at clubs all over Europe and Africa; guests regularly on BBC radio; arranges and produces records, co-leads the established club nights The Shrine in London and and programmes international music festivals in London.

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  • Transglobal Underground

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  • Salif Keita

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  • Mahala Rai Banda

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  • Diabel Cissokho

  • Klezmer

  • Perunika Trio

  • Aster Aweke

  • joe clausell

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  • hiplife

  • Anoushka Shankar


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  • Dele Sosimi

  • State of Bengal

  • Darts

  • Ze Louis

  • El Tanbura

  • Mali

  • Tunde Adebimpe

  • ritas world

  • Ayanna

  • Renu

  • Charlie Gillet

  • afrobeat

  • Joe Thomas

  • Mint Juleps

  • AMJ Dub Collective


  • Fado

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Rita's World 30/10/19Thu, 2019-11-07 13:16

RITA'S WORLD. Mucho music from the motherland and the diaspora- Africa- roots and innovation, new and old. Music for... See details

Rita's World 23/07/18Mon, 2018-07-23 16:34

A Romp around the Motherland with big dollops of Malian music featurig Invisible System Samba Toure and BKO. A little... See details

Rita's World 13/12/2017Thu, 2017-12-14 17:32

Some seasonal Xmas songs to get us into the festive mood plus another random look at favourite releases of 2017... See details

Rita's World Episode 58Thu, 2017-12-07 15:58

Tune in for a random selection of top releases of 2017 featuring new artists  like Tootard from the Levant and Takeifa... See details

Rita's World 11/01/17 - A Musical Soundscape to Malick SidibeFri, 2017-01-13 15:22

Malick Sidibe - the eye of modern Mali genius at capturing the mood evoking an era. He came into his own at a time... See details

Rita's World Episode 56Thu, 2016-11-17 16:49

This edition of Rita’s World showcases bright new voices from Turkey, Canada, Mauritania, the UK and beyond. They are... See details

Rita's World Episode 55Fri, 2016-11-11 11:40

What a day for us all - it's November the 9th, many of those listening to this program will be reeling from the results... See details

Rita's World Episode 54Fri, 2014-01-31 15:26

Le Grand Kalle - Joseph Kabasele, the Godfather of modern Congolese music epitomised La Belle Epoque. He ruled the... See details

Rita's World Episode 53Fri, 2013-11-22 19:26

It's a Jazz thing. This episode mainly features an enticingly random selection of artists who have performed at the... See details

Rita's World Episode 52Fri, 2013-11-22 15:42

So, I am not on my lonesome this episode - indeed not! Appietus a top producer from Ghana pops in for a chat about how... See details

Rita's World Episode 51Wed, 2013-11-13 13:43

Womex 13! Yes and well good it was too. Thank you Cardiff for being such splendid hosts. Big Shout out to the... See details

Rita's World Episode 50Fri, 2013-10-18 18:49

New voices with new renditions of old traditions including Cigden Aslan and Leyla McCalla, re imagined afro beat with... See details

Rita's World Episode 49Thu, 2013-10-17 03:25

Ebami Eda, The Black President, that is the late great Felea Anikulapo Kuti - Happy Birthday.This episode is party for... See details

Rita's World Episode 48Mon, 2013-10-07 18:06

Wind instruments take centre stage with offerings from Cunyet Sepetci, Yom and Lippa. Buika is on a roll with a... See details

Rita's World Episode 47Tue, 2013-06-18 16:53

Mop Mop KAMAKUMBA Isle of Magic (Agogo Records) Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz GOOMBAY DRUMS (Piranha ) Samba Toure... See details

Rita's World Episode 46Thu, 2013-06-06 20:05

Samba Toure BE KI DON Albala (Glitter beat Records) Miriam Makeba PATA PATA Pata Pata (Warner Bros Records) Fela... See details

Rita's World 45Wed, 2013-05-15 16:56

This episode we have a Kenyan feast made up classic benga, afrobeat, border crossing topped of with a jus of Early... See details

Rita's World 44Thu, 2013-05-02 23:01

Manu Delago BIGGER THAN HOME Bigger Than Home (Session Work Rec) Bi Kidude KIJITI Zanzibara 4 (Buda Musique) Oana... See details

Rita's World Episode 43Fri, 2013-04-12 21:28

Rachid Taha WESH (N'AMAL) Zoom (Wrasse Records) Zohreh Jooya SEGODAR Journey To Persia (Arc Music) El Tanbura Heela... See details

Rita's World Episode 42Wed, 2013-04-10 14:49

Koby Israelite BLUES FROM ELSEWHERE Blues From Elsewhere (Asphalt Tango) Rachid Taha ZOOM SUR OUM Zoom (Wrasse... See details

Rita's World Episode 41Wed, 2013-04-03 15:50

Continuing our March of the Women Forward! Track Listing: Mary Epworth THE SADDLE SONG Looking For A New England... See details

Ritas World Episode 40Fri, 2013-03-22 16:47

8th of March is International Women's Day. It is so wrong to give us a piddling single day. Here come more wonderful... See details

Rita's World Episode 39Wed, 2013-03-06 20:09

It's March, Its International Womens Week, it's Mothers day, it's WOW (Women of the World Festival), so needless to say... See details

Rita's World Episode 38Wed, 2013-02-27 21:10

A taste of Zanzibar's stone Town, a feel of Tahrir Square, new releases, Moussu T is back as is Koby Israelite. We got... See details

Rita's World Episode 37Fri, 2013-02-08 18:00

Boubacar Traore MALI DENHOU Boubacar Traore (Lusafrica) Samuel Yirga ABET ABET the Rough Guide To The Music of... See details

Ritas World Episode 36Wed, 2013-01-30 16:49

Mosaic DRUHNY Undiscovered World (World Music Network) Kabatronics fanfara Tirana meets Transglobal Underground QAJ... See details

Ritas World Episode 35Tue, 2013-01-29 12:57

Its 2013 and Rita is back with tracks from Salif Keita, Fela Kuti, Creole Choir of Cuba, Kabatronics, Ana Alcaida and... See details

Ritas World Episode 34Fri, 2012-11-16 13:47

In this episode of Rita's World I am mainly remembering the Olympics through Jason Yardes Inspired commission for New... See details

Ritas World Episode 33Wed, 2012-11-07 17:10

The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop. Rita spent the entire episode with Dr Halifu Ousmare... See details

Rita's World - Episode 32Mon, 2012-07-02 19:37

A snapshot of what I've been up to since the last episode including highlights of the Back 2 Black Festival with tracks... See details

Rita's World - Episode 31Tue, 2012-06-26 14:32

Celebrating Sanctuary's epic and definitely rocking goodbye to Refugee Week demanded that I play some of the music from... See details

Rita's world - Episode 30Thu, 2012-06-21 18:10

Artist - Track - Album - Label 1. Samuel Yirga - I am The Black Gold of The Sun - Guzo - Real World 2. Zita Swoon... See details

Rita's World Episode 29Thu, 2012-06-14 20:58

Rita Ray drops a music mix to get in the mood for Celebrating Sanctuary London festival on the South Bank, launching... See details

Rita's World - Episode 28 Wed, 2012-06-06 17:31

Greetings - Its been a while and there are so many records I need to play!! On the show is the Ethiopian Aretha... See details

Rita's World - Episode 27Wed, 2012-03-21 15:00

  Its all about the DRC - guitars, singers, rumba, soukous... It's just great music. Enjoy... See details

Rita's World - Episode 26Mon, 2012-03-19 21:12

Welcome to Rita's World, This episode is a music mix - no chitty chatty just wall to wall music. Featuring re-releases... See details

Rita's World - Episode 25 [International Women's Day Special]Fri, 2012-03-16 14:00

This episode of Rita's World is a salute to the women of the world. From brand new voices like Ghana's Lady Jay Wah to... See details

Rita's World - Episode 24Mon, 2012-03-12 16:49

The Atlantic looms large in this episode - music coming from the slave trade routes of Africa, South America and the... See details

Rita's World - Episode 23Fri, 2012-03-02 02:00

Blues, jazz, electronica and dancefloor mayhem with thanks to Diabel Cissokho and Nuru Kane from Senegal, Mali's... See details

Rita's World - Episode 22Mon, 2012-02-27 16:48

The Rita's got culcha episode. In the studio to tell me about a progressive new play called Zhe Undefined is Victoria,... See details

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