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Rita's World - SOAS Radio

African, Latin and World beats presented by DJ Rita Ray.

Rita Ray is a club and radio DJ who plays the global musical spectrum. She played a big part in revitalising the African music scene in London by co-running and DJing at the Mambo Inn in Brixton. She now plays at clubs all over Europe and Africa; guests regularly on BBC radio; arranges and produces records, co-leads the established club nights The Shrine in London and and programmes international music festivals in London.

Le Grand Kalle - Joseph Kabasele, the Godfather of modern Congolese music epitomised La Belle Epoque. He ruled the roost (until Franco came along) and his ensemble African Jazz was populated with outrageous talent - chock full of future legends. One of them became a global legend and influenced Disco. Who is this West African jazzer who was so instrumental in the development of Congolese music? Don't worry you get a couple of clues in this episode of choice cuts from Le Grand Kalle and some of the stars that came out of African Jazz.

It's a Jazz thing. This episode mainly features an enticingly random selection of artists who have performed at the London Jazz Festival over the last 21 years - It's Serious and they are 21!

So, I am not on my lonesome this episode - indeed not! Appietus a top producer from Ghana pops in for a chat about how he got started, how he got into hiplife and highlife, and what is happening in the Ghana music scene now. He is looking for new collaborations in the uk and beyond so give him a shout if you got some tough toonz @AppietusInDaMix

Womex 13! Yes and well good it was too. Thank you Cardiff for being such splendid hosts. Big Shout out to the incredible team that make it happen. This episode features music from everywhere - well it's Womex - Don't You Just Know it.

New voices with new renditions of old traditions including Cigden Aslan and Leyla McCalla, re imagined afro beat with Kronos Quartet and Kyp Malone et al along with naija psych funk from the 70's. Africando make a triumphant return and the Soulful Alice Russell and Zonke take a bow

Ebami Eda, The Black President, that is the late great Felea Anikulapo Kuti - Happy Birthday.This episode is party for Fela featuring Afrobeat and Afrobeat inspired tracks from around the globe. October 15th would have been his 75th birthday, maybe we should keep the party going through the rest of October!

Wind instruments take centre stage with offerings from Cunyet Sepetci, Yom and Lippa. Buika is on a roll with a cracking new release and Vieux Farka Toure brings back memories of his fabulous recent gig at QEH

Its That Time of Year again - and Celebrating Sanctuary London (14 - 21st June at venues and spaces across London) is back to launch Refugee Week 2013. And it's a very soulful time with Ike Turner, Prince and the Miracles. Lots of guitar too - check out Dirt Music and Samba Toures new releases. One of my favourite Calypso bands tip up with a new album - yay for Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz!

The AU is 50! This episode features classic African tracks from each decade of the African Union's existence.

Plus Samba Toure's new release and happy birthday to Nick Drake and Curtis Mayfield

This episode we have a Kenyan feast made up classic benga, afrobeat, border crossing topped of with a jus of Early English traditions infused with tender young folkies. a meeting of the Americas with Chucho Valdes and the Cratian Swedish revisioning with Goran Kajfes. the raw the cooked, collaborations and rewinds.

Remembering 2 remarkable women - Taarab queen of Zanzibar Bi Kidude who died on the 17th of April 2013 and celebrating the centenary of the birth of Romania songbird Maria Tanase through Oana Catalina Chitu's tribute album Divine.

General Paolino from Africa's newest country South Sudan, Iranian Afghan Zohre Jooya and a few more tasty new releases get squeezed along with some squeeze box nuggets from Johanna Juhola and Bajofondo and new school latin from Los Chinches and Meridien Brothers.

Festivals gigs and new releases - La Linea Latin music festival is back for a 13th edition as is Rachid Taha for his 9th solo release. Taking the lead from Carmen Souza's Kachupada album, this episode is spiced with flava from all over the place - and I don't mean geographically! Rock Jungle, Blues ( From Elsewhere) and more feature.
Have fun!

8th of March is International Women's Day. It is so wrong to give us a piddling single day. Here come more wonderful Women singers in this episode of Rita's World.

It's March, Its International Womens Week, it's Mothers day, it's WOW (Women of the World Festival), so needless to say ladies from all over the world with lots of different things to say are going to be taking centre stage for this episode and for all the episodes during arch. Yay

A taste of Zanzibar's stone Town, a feel of Tahrir Square, new releases, Moussu T is back as is Koby Israelite. We got new favs including Salik + Roots in a rocking dancehall stylee and a few more gems

My usual journey through the world of music, new releases, old faves, whats up and whats floating my boat.

New releases, and faves from 2012 rub shoulders with some unexpected discoveries

Rita is back with her first show of 2013, with tracks from Salif Keita, Fela Kuti, creole Choir of Cuba, Kabatronics, Ana Alcaida and many more groovalicious tunes and artists. Enjoy!

The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop. Rita spent the entire episode with Dr Halifu Ousmare discussing how Hip -Hop conquered the world, how it was embraced in Ghana and how it developed into Hiplife. We look at the roots of Hiplife and discuss the stages of development and listen to some great music by the giants of the genre.

A snapshot of what I've been up to since the last episode including highlights of the Back 2 Black Festival with tracks from 2 of the performing artists - Brazil's Criollo and Fatoumata Diawarra from Mali along with tracks I played while I was at the festival. Some spanking new releases from giants of African music and a new voice from New Orleans - a poet called Chuck Perkins. Plus more but how much more can you fit into an hour?

Rita's World Episode 31

Celebrating Sanctuary's epic and definitely rocking goodbye to Refugee Week demanded that I play some of the music from our East European journey including Lazlo, Kottarashky, Boban I Marko Markovic. Afro beat from Mali and Brazil and some compelling sounds from the Solomon Islands make up some of the sound track to this week's episode of Rita's World. Happy listening!

Rita Ray, despite exhaustion from the excitement of Celebrating Sanctuary London festival the day before, comes back for Episode 30 with energy and a fantastic selection of tunes!

Rita Ray drops a music mix to get in the mood for Celebrating Sanctuary London festival on the South Bank, launching Refugee Week in the UK in June. Plenty of music to warm the heart and feet from Samuel Yirga's terrific piano playing, SRA back with a well good album, Seu Jorge from Brasil, Roberto Fonseca and loads more.

Greetings - Its been a while and there are so many records I need to play!! On the show is the Ethiopian Aretha Franklin with her 23rd release, Zita Swoon who I am loving just a bit too much. The launch of the AfriFestNet - Network of African Festivals took place while i was in Ghana and was a chance to meeet and catch up with festival directors from all over the continent and to get some tips and tracks from the. Zambian pshycodelia, Naija house, Malawi neo trad and loads more feature in this episode of Rita's World. Until soon


Its all about the DRC - guitars, singers, rumba, soukous... It's just great music. Enjoy it!

Artist - Track - Album - Label

1. Wendo - Botyiaki Ntembe - Botyiaki Ntembe - Franc' Amour

2. Franco - La Rumba OK - Roots Of OK Jazz - Crammed

3. Franco + Sam Mangwana - Cooperation - Franco / Sam Mangwana - Sono Disc

4. Tabu Ley feat. Huit Kilos - Ponce - Pilate - Lightening Over The River - World Music Network

5. Zaiko Langa-Langa - Zaiko Wa Wa - Zaire-Ghana - Retro Afric

Welcome to Rita's World, This episode is a music mix - no chitty chatty just wall to wall music. Featuring re-releases of iconic labels like Today and Perception - that's where the Astrud Gilberto comes from and brand spanking banjo picking output from Tom T. Hall. The Moulettes Sing unto us and we have some Afro digital wonderment from T.Roy' Bushmeat. Have a good time while I catch up with myself.


Artist - Track - Album - Label

1. Transglobal Underground - We Come To Tear Your Wall Down Uproar In The 20's Mix - Mule Satelite Recordings

This episode of Rita's World is a salute to the women of the world. From brand new voices like Ghana's Lady Jay Wah to legends of R+B like Etta James. We have representation from Iraq with the golden voice of Farida. Rhythm and Blues , Afro House, collaborations and crossing of boundaries abound. big up the sistas and don't give away the power Artist - Track - Album - Label

1. Ayanna - Aint I A Woman? - Truthfully

2. Natasha Atlas & The Mazeeka Ensemble - La Vida Callada - Ana Hina - World Village