Connecting cultures through music
on radio, online, on stage.
DJ Ritu created the AWIL radio show at BBC London in 2006 after inheriting the ‘world music’ slot from Charlie Gillett. Ritu had been broadcasting for the BBC since 1991 at BBC World Service, BBC Asian Network, and BBC 3 Counties Radio where her weekly programme was the first to be syndicated in Germany, Sweden and Turkey.
Currently, A World in London is the UK’s definitive weekly global music show, hosted & produced by Ritu, live every Wednesday, 4pm at SOAS Radio (University of London’s most popular station) and 6.30pm at Resonance 104.4FM (London’s only Arts Station). AWIL is worldwide on Mixcloud & podcast on iTunes.
Together with a team of volunteers, Ritu showcases music from around the world, airing brand new releases, exclusive first-plays, and vintage classics. The show also features live sessions & in-depth interviews with international stars, and champions local under-represented talent from the UK, drawn predominantly from the capital’s diverse communities. Genres represented include Jazz, Folk Music, Classical Music, and of course, World Music, connecting London internationally, and recognising that the world, truly is in London.
AWIL actively promotes artists featured on the show through its social media networks, mailing list, and its essential Going Global Guide to concerts, clubs & cultural events in London. Additionally, AWIL provides on-stage platforms for artists and has showcased performers at Rich Mix London, The Southbank Centre, and other prestigious venues.
In the last thirteen years, AWIL has featured guests from over 65 countries on the show, ranging from bands to singer-songwriters, and eminent composers. These include: Howard Blake (The Snowman), A.R. Rahman (Bombay Dreams), Angelique Kidjo, Omara Portuondo, Jah Wobble, Tinariwen, Bebel Gilberto, Marcos Valle, Pink Martini, Seun Kuti, GRRRL, Javier Limon, and Tarkan.
AWIL has joined the elite list of recommended programmes on the iTunes homepage for London podcasts, plus has been voted ‘podcast of the week’ by Time Out Magazine and Metro UK newspaper.