Deirdre Saravia

Cultural Content Producer

Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.

So Deirdre left the flashy life of entertainment and trained as a registered nurse in Ireland, continuing to London. Her nursing experiences allowed her to travel and work abroad in Europe and Africa, and while working in London for British Petroleum, she met her husband, Dr. Jorge Saravia. They moved to Mexico City where she managed his private practice while learning Spanish.

During her time in Mexico City, she worked as an extra on the movie "Lucky Lady," starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minelli and Burt Reynolds. You can see her fox-trotting in a night club scene, but you have to watch very closely.

After the Saravia family moved to San Antonio, Deirdre volunteered at KRTU 91.7 FM and hosted a World Music program while continuing to work in nursing at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and University hospital.

Deirdre joined TPR serendipitously, when one evening Thistle and Shamrock failed to air on KSTX. Having just produced an Irish music show for KRTU, she quickly gathered her gear and substituted for Fiona Richie.

Deirdre produces World Music with Deirdre Saravia, which airs Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. on KSTX.

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World Music at SXSW
3:41 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Austin Group Atash Brings The Sounds Of The World To Texas

Alejandro Moreno-Alanis

Atash is a multi-cultural band based in Austin, so for them, lodging wasn’t an issue at the jam-packed South By Southwest festival. The members are from Iran, India, West Guinea, Africa, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. We started out talking about the band members, and also got into the subject of Islam and music during our interview.

Deirdre Saravia: "Mohammad, tell me about yourself, where do you come from?"

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World Music at SXSW
12:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lo'Jo Celebrates 30 Years Of Peace And Music

Courtesy photo

The group called Lo’Jo was started in 1982 in Angers, France. The founders, Denis Pean and Richard Bourreau, continue to remain actively engaged with Richard playing the violin and kora and Denis the singer and keyboardist.

Deirdre Saravia: You live as a collective, right? Is that like hippies?

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World Music at SXSW
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Uruguay's Daniel Drexler: "My Records Are My Diary"

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Daniel Drexler is Uruguayan artist whose fifth album, ‘Mar Abierto,’ is a hit in South America. He performed at this year’s South By Soutwest Music Festival as part of a showcase called the Sounds of Uruguay. Not only is he a musician, but he’s also a physician, specializing in the treatment of tinnitus.

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World Music
2:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds

ARC Music

I first heard of Kal when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe.

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World Music
2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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Music Reviews
12:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Traditional Songs, Jazzed Up By Monsieur Doumani

Grippy Grappa, by Monsieur Doumani

Monsieur Doumani is not a single person, but three young men from Cyprus, the island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. Formed in 2011, and coming from different musical backgrounds, they were united by their love for the traditional music of their island home. Antonis Antoniou plays the tzouras, an instrument comparable to the bouzouki, Angelos Ionas is the guitarist, and Demetris Yiasemides plays the wind instruments.

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World Festivals
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope)

Vogel Gryff mural in Basel.
Duesi Wikimedia Commons

The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.

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Music Reviews
3:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Katy Carr Tells World War II Stories In Song On "Paszport"

Monika Jakobowska

As the host of World Music on KSTX, I’m endlessly fascinated by songs in foreign languages and their performers. Though I frequently don’t understand the lyrics, liner notes are occasionally provided in English, or translations can be found on-line.

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World Festivals
2:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Black And White Carnival

Preparing for the big parade, 2008.
eandres Wikimedia Commons

The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “Black and White Carnival” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods.

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World Festivals
8:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Radish Art In Oaxaca

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights at 8:00 on KSTX), we not only hear great music, but I take a look at celebrations happening around the world this week...

LA NOCHE DE LOS RABANOS

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