Special Feature: A retrospective of DJ Ritu's A World in London pre-SOAS Radio Soundcloud and Mixcloud Cloudcasts

A retrospective collection of DJ Ritu's A World in London shows made available via Soundcloud and Mixcloud prior to the show's moving to SOAS Radio from 12th July 2011

DJ Ritu and A World in London Rule!

If you're not yet familiar with DJ Ritu and her wonderful show, A World in London, where have you been? AWiL, as it's also known to its fans, has always been and still is the best world music show to have graced British airwaves yet. When the late Charlie Gillett became too ill to continue with his Sound of the City world music show on BBC Local Radio station BBC London in 2005, DJ Ritu more than filled his shoes with A World in London. A fresh, far broader show, AWiL was an instant hit and attracted a large number of loyal fans. Anything from world beat to folk - oh yes, no fear of the f-word here! - to world jazz, DJ Ritu has it all and then some!

When in late 2010 BBC London wanted to concentrate on 'talk' based programming, AWiL was sadly dropped, with the last show there having gone out on 1st January 2011. However, DJ Ritu kept the faith with her loyal fans and not only made one of her last shows on BBC London (4th December, 2010, in two parts) available via Soundcloud and Mixcloud, but also produced a series of new shows from 4th March to 8th July 2011, available from Mixcloud and, later, also as podcasts on Radio Groovalizacion.

All of these shows were also embedded in the Specialist Music on BBC Local Radio News pages on this site from 23rd February 2011 onwards. This page gathers together all these shows as a retrospective.

We start at top right with A World in London, 4th December 2010, Parts 1 and 2. Part 2 is DJ Ritu's Iranian Music Special with Fari Bradley.

A World In London by DJ Ritu, dec 4th 2010 part 1 by djritu

Dj Ritu/A World In London. Part 2, Dec 4th 2010 by Djritu on Mixcloud

(Iranian Music Special With Fari Bradley)

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To keep up to date with what's going on on AWiL plus for all the latest Hot Tracks, EBU wm charts, gig guides and so much more keep checking DJ Ritu's web site!

A World In London/Dj Ritu: March 4th 2011 by Djritu on Mixcloud

From 4th March, 2011, DJ Ritu produced a series of special new AWiL shows as Cloudcasts on Mixcloud for the loyal following of the show. The first, March 4th, edition is at left. For your convenience, a track list is provided here. You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track!

Yaqueline Castellanos - El Niko
Pili Pili - Short Moments
Aynur - Dawzere
Nana - Silent Scream Under Moonlight
Hossam Ramzy - Khofu's Return
Jah Wobble - Chinese Dub
Aurelio Martinez - Weibayuwa
Raf Vilar - Por Um Amor
Jassi - Laung Da Lashkara
Jadid Ensemble - Tango Arabe
Penguin Cafe - Pale Peach Jukebox

The playlist for the March 11th episode at right is below. You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track!

Aurelio Martinez - Ereba
Yaqueline Castellanos - Cambias
Nana - Silent Scream Under The Moonlight
Lila Downs - La Cumbia Del Mole
Asjda Pekken - Atla Karinja
Hanan - Besma
Le Cor De La Plana - Nau Gojatas
Opa Cupa - Neelia
Bbk - Mado Mado
Mariza - Fado Vianinha
Watcha Clan - Viens, Viens
Ara Dinkjian - Urfa Divan

A World In London/Dj Ritu March 11th 2011 by Djritu on Mixcloud

Dj Ritu/A World In London by Djritu on Mixcloud

And this week, there's a full baker's dozen of fabulous tracks from around the globe to listen to! Including a beautiful traditional Ladino song from jazz bass maestro (of Chick Corea's 1990s band Origin fame) and singer Avishai Cohen. Ladino is a body of poetry and songs in the Judeo-Spanish or Judezmo language of the Sephardi or Spanish Jews. Still popular from North Africa to Turkey, these songs' lyrics (and poems) often go back to medieval times, although the tunes are of more recent, mainly Ottoman Turkish art music, origin. Avishai Cohen's (not to be confused with the jazz trumpeter of the same name!) new album Seven Seas, which this song comes from, is incidentally to die for!

The playlist for the March 21st episode at left is below. You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track!

 1 Bbk - A Tata Shandiabana
 2 Mariza - Mais Uma Luma
 3 Watcha Clan - Hasnaduro
 4 Dr. Cat & Dj Pony - Ali Baba
 5 Ara Dinkjian - Ferafeza Longa
 6 Potsch Potschka - Dostum
 7 Avishai Cohen - Tres Hermanicas Eran
 8 Orlando Fortich Y Su Orquestra - Yolanda
 9 Invisible System - Ambassel
10 Mercedes Peon - Mais Dara
11 Flasiantronico - Vertigo
12 Caravan Palace - Dragons
13 Maurice Chedid - Ya Samara

Dj Ritu/A World In London 20/4/11 by Djritu on Mixcloud

The playlist for the April 20th episode at left is below. You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track!

 1 Quantic Presenta The Flowering Inferno - Cumbia Sobre El Mar
 2 A Hawk & A Hacksaw - Espanola Kolo
 3 Cravo & Canela - Preço De Cada Um
 4 Imam Baildi - Akrogialies Deilina
 5 Sakaki Mango - Tadzungaira
 6 Tarika - Raha Tiany
 7 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Piya Re
 8 Jaako Laitinen & Vaara Raha - Han Ei Lemmi Mua
 9 Munto Valdo - Musseing
10 Drums United - Ritmo Inferno

In this 21st May 2011 A World In London, DJ Ritu pays tribute to broadcaster Big George, and showcases the latest prime tracks from The Balkans, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the melting pot of London! And as you can see and hear, it's another fabulous selection of tracks! The current show features CDs by the fabulous Palestinian oud maestros Le Trio Joubran, Tamikrest, and Cornershop, as well as the amazing Teymour Housego, whose album Haunting Bazaar was reviewed on this site last week as mentioned by DJ Ritu on the show. Ain't she sweet!

You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track in the playlist!

Playlist May 21st Edition

 1 Western Jazz Band - Rosa
 2 Taraf De Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar - I Am A Gigolo
 3 Marewrew - Hawsa
 4 Sandalia De Prata - O Pescador
 5 Le Trio Joubran - Nawwar
 6 Dub Colossus - Wey Fekir
 7 Teymour Housego - Aruna
 8 Cornershop - The 911 Curry
 9 Jah Wobble - Chinese Dub
10 Imam Baildi - Logia Adallaxame Varia
11 Tarika - Ela
12 Drums United - Cocinandos
13 Tamikrest - Tarhamanine Assinegh
14 La Cherga - V.I

DJ Ritu, A World In London 21/5/11 by Djritu on Mixcloud

DJ Ritu. Spiced! by Djritu on Mixcloud

DJ Ritu. 'A World In London'. Sona Jobarteh special! June 2011. by Djritu on Mixcloud

June 2011 was two for the price of one month for DJ Ritu and A World in London! First, there is DJ Ritu. Spiced! - the finest selection of Indian beats, from the genres of Bollywood, bhangra, and Asian fusion. Spiced! was first broadcast by Funkhaus Europa in Germany.

Then DJ Ritu presents us with a fabulous A World in London Sona Jobarteh Special June 2011 on Mixcloud . Talented singer/composer and unique kora-player, Sona Jobarteh, joined Ritu at SOAS Radio this month. In this exclusive interview she talks about her excellent new album, Fasiya, and her life-travels through music from West Africa, to The Royal College of Music, SOAS, and more! Hear some of Sona's superb songs right here.

Sorry, no playlists this time.

DJ Ritu's global grooves show brings you the very best and freshest tunes from all four corners of the globe! In this last special pre-SOAS Radio edition of A World In London it's a non-stop musical journey through Africa, Asia, the Middle and Far East, with some stop-overs in Europe. Expect to hear brilliant tracks by Vieux Farka Toure, Joe Clausell, Juju, Mongo, Frank Yamma and many more!

You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track in the playlist!

Playlist July 8th Edition

 1 Vieux Farka Touré - Borei
 2 Mohammed Rashad - Wallahi Al-Azim..
 3 Nidi D'Arac - Klama
 4 Mongo Santamaria - O Mi Shango
 5 Farhan Akhtar - Senorita
 6 Banda Black Rio - Som Preto
 7 Söndörgõ - Cororo
 8 Jah Wobble - L1 Dub
 9 Heart Of The Dragon Ensemble - Celebration
10 Daga Dana - Swinorz
11 Juju - Djanfa Moja
12 Terry Hall & Mushtaq - Grow
13 Sona Jobarteh - Bammaya
14 Frank Yamma - Pitjantjara


DJ Ritu/A World In London 8/7/11 by Djritu on Mixcloud

From 12th July 2011, DJ Ritu's fabulous A World In London show has moved to SOAS Radio! It now goes out every Tuesday at 4pm, live! From the following day, the show is also available 'on demand,' as well as as a podcast from iTunes.

So you really can't miss DJ Ritu's A World in London, wherever you are on this little planet! What's more, you shouldn't miss this fabulous show!

The new show on SOAS Radio also features gig guides, competitions, studio guests, and more!

You can also check out AWiL and all the latest news via DJ Ritu's web site, which you should also visit for world music charts, gig guides, the latest 'Hot Tracks' and so much more!

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