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DJ Ritu
DJ Ritu
DJ Ritu

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

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 propelling her into the 'world music' scene.

Gaining a reputation as an 'Asian music' expert she began touring abroad, becoming the first DJ to introduce Asian sounds in many countries.

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 three 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.

Call 020 7224 2000 or text 81333 and start your message with London.

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