Dance music pioneer & trailblazing broadcaster

DJ Ritu, presents the UK’s definitive global music show, A World in London – weekly at SOAS RadioResonance 104.4FM. Her 32 year career includes twenty-two years at the BBC, co-founding cult label Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri, touring in 35 countries with her own bands Sister India and The Asian Equation, plus performing at major venues and festivals like The Big Chill, WOMAD, Royal Festival Hall & Trafalgar Square. A Rough Guides CD compiler, Ritu also 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. Ritu is also a voiceover artist, playlist compiler, and compere, hosting various festivals at The Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, and numerous nightspots! She is a member of the London Music Board, and the European World Music Charts panel. Read More>>>

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Flutes of fresh air by Japanese music legend Joji Hirota on this A World in London! Click here: www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-288-joji-hirota/
Every date with Joji Hirota on AWIL is a blessing, especially on #WorldRadioDay, and on this occasion we caught him in a reflective mood. Joji is just back from Genoa where he’s been producing a debut album for Taiko group Kyo Shin Do. He’s full of praise for them and thoroughly excited about ARC Music releasing their CD later this year - Joji knows a thing or two about percussion given that he’s the maestro behind the brilliant London Taiko Drummers which he formed in the 80’s. However, on this AWIL Joji focussed on quieter and more delicate instruments like his voice and shakuhachi flutes. It was a moving and emotional performance by Joji and we learnt that the sad loss of his father in 1998 was what prompted him to take up traditional folk music. There’s a chance to see Joji in London soon, playing both flutes and drums, breathing life into one instrument and rendering us breathless with the other! On March 9th at St. Mary's Church, Putney, our premier UK ambassador for Japanese music will be flanked by his London Taiko drummers and the string ensemble of the London Metropolitan Orchestra in a powerful showcase that is also a fundraiser for the community still affected by the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy and tsunami eight years ago. Get tickets now, and here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-music-concert-tickets-49688227827
ARTIST-TRACK-COUNTRY
Joji Hirota-Akita-Japan/UK
The Gillies – Wishing Well - UK
• Katsha’nes – Di Brivelekh Fun Rusland – UK
TARTIT – Amankor – Mali
• Airileke – Motu – Papua New Guinea
Daughters of Jerusalem D.O.J – Ya Quds Wen Aroh – Palestine
Joji Hirota – ITTO – Japan/UK
Joji Hirota – Shin Soma Bushi – Japan/UK
Joji Hirota – Nambu Ushidi Uta – Japan/UK
AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Thursdays Ray Carless Quintet @ Empire Bar, Nadine Benjamin in Le Boheme till Feb 22, Feb 14 The Gillies @ The Pelton Arms SE.10, Feb 14 Bollywood Romance with DJ Ritu @ The London Jukebox, Feb 16 Kasai Masai @ Ritzy, Feb 16 Amira Kheir @ Ahbab Festival Cambridge, Feb 17 Princes Amongst Men Feat. The Balkanoes @ The Ritzy, Feb 20 Shirley Smart Creations @ Green Note, Feb 21 Tashkezar @ The London Jukebox, Feb 22 Arsen Petrosyan @ British Museum, Feb 22 Muntu Valdo @ The London Jukebox, Feb 22 Balothizer live @BaLaBam, Feb 23 Mishti Dance @ Poplar Union, Feb 23 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Lovers Valentine Party - Sat 23 Februarys @ The Alice EC3A, Feb 24 Marina Deligianni @ Art House N4, Feb 26 The Sages - 竹林七贤 @ Asia House, Feb 27 Rebetiki Serenata at Balabam, Feb 28 GAUDI & Danny Ladwa @ Scala, The Gillies @ Fox & Firkin SE13, Mar 2 DAM Palestine @ Jazz Cafe, Mar 9 Joji Hirota @ St. Mary’s Church Putney, Mar 9 Seby Ntege @ Green Note, Mar 9 Umm Kulthum Club Night - AWAN Festival @ Rich Mix, Mar 12 Catherine Clambaneva Greek Music and the Silver Screen @ The Water Rats, Mar 22 DJ Ritu @ BFI Flare, Mar 23 Ranagri Live at The Slaughtered Lamb EC1, Mar 23 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice, Mar 30 Lokkhi Terra @ The London Jukebox,...more at www.djritu.com
13/2/19 - AWIL 288. Also this week Amira Kheir at Resonance, click: www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-february-2019/ Next week aga ujma at SOAS Radio and SOAS Klezmer Band at Resonance FM. #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/ A World In London – #thesoundofdiverselondon #connectingculturesthroughmusic - THIRTEEN YEARS! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: soasradio.org/ and AWIL at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays. www.resonancefm.com/ Production by #DJRitu, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon www.djritu.com www.facebook.com/DjRitu Twitter:@djritu1
#London #UK #Japan #globalmusic #worldmusic #music #livemusic #radio #folkmusic #flute #shakuhachi #drum #taikodrums #singer #composer #percussionist ARC Music Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Embassy of Japan in the UK Japanese Music Concert Japanese music
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Flutes of fresh air by Japanese music legend Joji Hirota on this A World in London! Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-288-joji-hirota/ 
Every date with Joji Hirota on AWIL is a blessing, especially on #WorldRadioDay, and on this occasion we caught him in a reflective mood. Joji is just back from Genoa where he’s been producing a debut album for Taiko group Kyo Shin Do. He’s full of praise for them and thoroughly excited about ARC Music releasing their CD later this year - Joji knows a thing or two about percussion given that he’s the maestro behind the brilliant London Taiko Drummers which he formed in the 80’s. However, on this AWIL Joji focussed on quieter and more delicate instruments like his voice and shakuhachi flutes. It was a moving and emotional performance by Joji and we learnt that the sad loss of his father in 1998 was what prompted him to take up traditional folk music. There’s a chance to see Joji in London soon, playing both flutes and drums, breathing life into one instrument and rendering us breathless with the other! On March 9th at St. Marys Church, Putney, our premier UK ambassador for Japanese music will be flanked by his London Taiko drummers and the string ensemble of the London Metropolitan Orchestra in a powerful showcase that is also a fundraiser for the community still affected by the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy and tsunami eight years ago. Get tickets now, and here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-music-concert-tickets-49688227827
ARTIST-TRACK-COUNTRY
• Joji Hirota-Akita-Japan/UK
• The Gillies – Wishing Well - UK
• Katsha’nes – Di Brivelekh Fun Rusland – UK
• TARTIT – Amankor – Mali
• Airileke – Motu – Papua New Guinea
• Daughters of Jerusalem D.O.J – Ya Quds Wen Aroh – Palestine
• Joji Hirota – ITTO – Japan/UK
• Joji Hirota – Shin Soma Bushi – Japan/UK
• Joji Hirota – Nambu Ushidi Uta – Japan/UK
AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Thursdays Ray Carless Quintet @ Empire Bar, Nadine Benjamin in Le Boheme till Feb 22, Feb 14 The Gillies @ The Pelton Arms SE.10, Feb 14 Bollywood Romance with DJ Ritu @ The London Jukebox, Feb 16 Kasai Masai @ Ritzy, Feb 16 Amira Kheir @ Ahbab Festival Cambridge,  Feb 17 Princes Amongst Men Feat. The Balkanoes @ The Ritzy, Feb 20 Shirley Smart Creations @ Green Note, Feb 21 Tashkezar @ The London Jukebox, Feb 22 Arsen Petrosyan @ British Museum, Feb 22 Muntu Valdo @ The London Jukebox, Feb 22 Balothizer live @BaLaBam, Feb 23 Mishti Dance @ Poplar Union, Feb 23 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Lovers Valentine Party - Sat 23 Februarys @ The Alice EC3A, Feb 24 Marina Deligianni @ Art House N4, Feb 26 The Sages - 竹林七贤 @ Asia House, Feb 27 Rebetiki Serenata at Balabam, Feb 28 GAUDI & Danny Ladwa @ Scala, The Gillies @ Fox & Firkin SE13, Mar 2 DAM Palestine @ Jazz Cafe, Mar 9 Joji Hirota @ St. Mary’s Church Putney, Mar 9 Seby Ntege @ Green Note, Mar 9 Umm Kulthum Club Night - AWAN Festival @ Rich Mix, Mar 12 Catherine Clambaneva Greek Music and the Silver Screen @ The Water Rats, Mar 22 DJ Ritu @ BFI Flare, Mar 23 Ranagri Live at The Slaughtered Lamb EC1, Mar 23 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice, Mar 30 Lokkhi Terra @ The London Jukebox,...more at http://www.djritu.com 
13/2/19 - AWIL 288. Also this week Amira Kheir at Resonance, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-february-2019/  Next week aga ujma at SOAS Radio and SOAS Klezmer Band at Resonance FM.  #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud:   http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/   A World In London – #thesoundofdiverselondon #connectingculturesthroughmusic - THIRTEEN YEARS! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: https://soasradio.org/  and AWIL at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays. https://www.resonancefm.com/  Production by #DJRitu, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low.  Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon  http://www.djritu.com   https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu  Twitter:@djritu1
#London #UK #Japan #globalmusic #worldmusic #music #livemusic #radio #folkmusic #flute #shakuhachi #drum #taikodrums #singer #composer #percussionist ARC Music Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Embassy of Japan in the UK Japanese Music Concert Japanese music

 

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Joji live in the studio!

I'll be manning the merch table at the concert! Do come! 🙂

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