DJ: Ritu

Trailblazing broadcaster & pioneering music chameleon, DJ Ritu is the voice of the definitive global music show, ‘A World in London’. Her career began in 1986 as a Soul/Disco/Pop DJ in London, and has led to over three decades of record-spinning in 32 countries as a solo artist and band-leader of Sister India and The Asian Equation. A BBC presenter for two decades at BBC London, World Service, plus Kiss FM, National Swedish Radio, and WDR Germany, Ritu is the co-founder of cult label Outcaste Records, a Rough Guides CD compiler and the artistic director of the world’s two longest-running club nights – Club Kali and Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights.

Preferred pronoun: She/Her

1. What was your first DJ event?

London Lesbian & Gay Centre January 1986

2. How long have you been a DJ?

33 years

3. How would you describe your DJ style?

Eclectic & exciting!

4. What nights do you currently DJ at?

Butch Please, Dalston Superstore, BFI Flare, Club Kali, and more.

5. What genres of music do you play?

Soul Disco Motown Pop & all world music genres

6. What is your all-time favourite track?

Too many to list but maybe Ain’t Nobody, Thinking of You (Sister Sledge), and We Found Love (Rihanna)

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Ballads!

8. How and why did you become a DJ?

To share music I loved with other people

9. What has been your best DJ gig so far?

WOMAD was pretty amazing especially in Spain

10. When you’re not a DJ what events do you like to go to?

Musical Theatre shows

11. What is the best thing about being part of the LBQ community?

Freedom to be.

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