Recognition for pioneering disj jockey and LGBT community….
DJ RITU – as she is best known – receives an MBE for services to music and broadcasting.
A turntable magician at heart, she is one of the pioneers of the Asian music scene in Britain from the 1990s and co-created Club Kali, which continues today and is one of most iconic of spaces for the LGBT South Asian community. She has also been an activist and has made a documentary about Club Kali – which is set to feature at the forthcoming London Indian Film Festival (LIFF- June 22-29, see below for link). She also set up the cult music label Outcaste Records with musician Nitin Sawhney CBE.
Pianist Rekesh Chauhan is a versatile musician and has performed at many prestigious venues both in the UK and Europe and receives a British Empire Medal.
He told www.asianculturevulture.com: “It is a great privilege to be recognised in The King’s Birthday Honours List.
“Music is a lifeline for so many, I am so grateful to be able to connect with our communities through music for causes that deserve attention.” He last spoke to us about the issue of mental health and a video he made helping to draw attention to it. (See links below)
We will have more on the Honours when we have it from Monday (June 19) – the list was publicly released late on Friday (June 16) night.
Lead pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cp5Dg1IoGiF/