Mayor of London’s Music Board
Club pioneer & world music guru, DJ Ritu, began her turntablist career at The London Lesbian & Gay Centre in Farringdon in 1986. This iconic venue attracted 400 customers every week to its basement ‘disco’ where Ritu played chart music from the 1960’s to current day classics. She took up residency at many women’s clubs like The Drum in Clerkenwell, London Women’s Centre (Holborn) and guested at The Pied Bull, Chats Palace, Emma Peel Fan Club and numerous LGBT Pride events across the capital. Ritu’s world music residencies began at Asia and Shakti in 1988, reflecting her off-stage work as a diversity champion for all equalities. In 1991 she was voted Pink Paper DJ Of The Year and later went on to achieve many other awards on numerous circuits. After joining the BBC in 1992, and forming Outcaste Records in 1994, Ritu began touring the world and performed in over 30 countries either solo or with her bands. She created the UK’s legendary Asian music monthly, Club Kali, in 1995 where she’s still resident, and then Turkish/Greek/Arabic/African music night, Hoppa in 2000. Currently, Ritu pops up at special events at Tate Britain, The BFI, Science Museum, Southbank Centre, Wellcome Trust and various institutions internationally, to spin a ‘world set’ or one encompassing her first loves - Disco, Soul, Pop and Motown. Ritu is the voice behind the UK’s definitive global music radio show – A World In London, a panelist for the European World Music Charts, and a member of the Mayor’s London Music Board. In 2015 Ritu was added to the Independent Newspaper’s Rainbow List.