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DJ Ritu

DJ Ritu

World Music with DJ Ritu

DJ Ritu's 'A World In London' is a fresh, contemporary mix of new releases and world music classics.

Every Saturday Night, BBC London's DJ Ritu takes off on a musical adventure on her 'A World In London' show.

About DJ Ritu:

East London born DJ Ritu began her career as a 'pop' music DJ in 1986.  She attracted the attention of new 'global beats' club 'ASIA' in Islington and this propelled her into the 'world music' scene.

Gaining in reputation as an 'Asian music' expert she began  touring abroad, frequently becoming the first DJ to introduce Asian sounds in many countries, while guesting at legendary clubs in the UK such as The Mambo Inn.

In 1994, she co-founded  Outcaste Records, and  signed Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh (&Shri). She instigated 'Club Outcaste' and compiled the label's first two compilation CDs. Ritu became resident at the UK's first  ever weekly Asian club - Bombay Jungle.

After performing at world music conferences like WOMEX  in the 90s, Ritu was commissioned to create her first band, The Asian Equation. Sister India - Ritu's 2nd band was born out of The Asian Equation, but with a stronger female focus, and gained a cult following worldwide.

With solo DJ bookings and intense band activity Ritu has toured from Istanbul to Cape Town, and performed at venues from the Royal Festival Hall to WOMAD festival.

Currently, Ritu presents her Asian specialist show for BBC 3 Counties Radio (15 yrs) which is also re-broadcast in Germany, Turkey, and streamed on the net. She has contributed to BBC World Service, Radio 2 and 3, Kiss 100, and Club Asia.

She  manages  3 London club nights - Kuch Kuch, Kali, and Hoppa - all dedicated to Turkish, Greek, Arabic, and Asian sounds. 

She has compiled numerous albums for The Rough Guides and contributes to various publications - Songlines, Eastern Eye, Rough Guide To World Music books, etc.. Her career has been one of many firsts. She remains a pioneer in every respect.

last updated: 28/04/2008 at 11:06
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