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 Festivals
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

World Celebrations: Hungry Ghost Festival

Offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Mezanurrahman Wikimedia Commons

Worshipping the Ancestors is common around the world, but what about when they come seeking you? That’s the scenario at The Hungry Ghost Festival in China.

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World Music
4:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Zaz Dazzles On "Recto Verso"

I don’t know where I heard about Zaz, but I’m so happy that I did.

This French chanteuse is incredible. Her voice is powerful and exuberant, and she obviously enjoys belting out a variety of songs on her latest release, “Recto Verso.”

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World Celebrations
11:39 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

World Celebrations: Pigs, Pucks, and Horses

King Puck statue.
ltub Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, a small French town squeals like a pig, a furious horse race runs in Italy, and an Irish town celebrates its 400th birthday.

LA POURCAILHADE

If it looks like a pig and squeals like a pig, it might not be. Once a year, the pretty town of Trie-sur-Baïse in the high Pyrenees, France, recalls its illustrious past as the country’s largest pig market. 

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World Music
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

A Calypso Revival... From Canada

Cumbancha Records

Drew Gonsalves is the musical voice behind the Canadian group Kobo Town. Born in Trinidad, Gonsalves believes that Kobo Town, Trinidad is the exact location, where the musical style known as calypso was created.

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World Festivals
2:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Snakes!

Indian Spectacled Cobra, Naja Naja Family, one of India's venomous snakes.
Kamalnv Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, Indiana Jones might want to stay away from India. 

NAG PANCHAMI FESTIVAL

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World Festivals
2:41 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

World Celebrations: Tooth Festival

A photograph of the Esala Perehera festival, taken around 1885.
Scowen & Co Wikimedia Commons

Esala Perahera (The Festival of the Tooth) begins on August 7, 2013 and runs for 10 days. The titular tooth apparently belongs to The Buddha and was purloined from his cremated remains. It was smuggled in to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, by Princess Hemamala, and kept by King Rajasinghe. The king decreed that the Tooth would be taken in procession for the masses to venerate. After Britain invaded, the Tooth was handed over to the Buddhist clergy for safekeeping.

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World Music
5:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Rokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa"

Nonesuch Records

The cover of Rokia Traore’s latest album shows the singer fashionably attired, complete with a fedora-style hat, sitting on an amplifier with bare feet. Her guitar is propped up against a wall and she’s staring off into the distance. Her CD ‘Beautiful Africa’ is indeed, beautiful.

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World Music
11:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

World Celebrations: On Stilts And Near Death

Anguiano, Spain
AnthonyAnguiano Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we visit Spain. 

SANTA MARIA DE RIBARTEME

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World Music
9:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Idan Raichel's Timely Cross-Cultural Project

Cumbancha Records

Idan Raichel released his first international CD, “The Idan Raichel Project,” in 2006. It was a tremendous success and garnered him the title of ‘A One Man Peace Process’ for bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and religions. Idan was born in Israel and was involved in music from the age of nine when he learned to play the accordion. After a compulsory stint in the Israel Defense Force, he worked at a boarding school which was attended by many young Ethiopian Jews. They introduced him to Ethiopian folk and pop music.

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World Festivals
2:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

World Celebrations: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Korea-Boryeong Mud Festival
Flickr user: Stinkie Pinkie Wikimedia Commons

Do you know that song that goes, "Mud, Mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood?" Well, should you find yourself in the vicinity of South Korea next weekend, you might put it to the test. For in little over a week, thousands of happy people will cavort and enjoy covering themselves in grey, sticky mud.

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