World Music with Deirdre Saravia

Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM

World Music with Deirdre Saravia takes you on a musical journey to some of the world’s most fascinating places.   From China to Brazil and the Balkans to Indonesia, World Music will introduce you to sounds from a world far from your own.  A world traveler herself, the Belfast, Northern Ireland native introduces each piece with details about the music, the musicians and the culture that produced them.

Saravia credits the work of performers like Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon for bringing world music to the attention of American audiences, but she has also seen a change in attitude in America towards foreigners.

Today foreigners feel more comfortable in celebrating their uniqueness, and as a result, there is a burgeoning interest in world music. "Not understanding the language is no longer a problem," says Saravia. "People enjoy the music for the beat, the instrumentation."

Though each World Music show is built around a central theme, it will rarely center on one type of music. Saravia strives for variety, though there will always be a connection between the songs she plays; music from as many as 15 countries can be represented in the same show.

"You come to learn that people are basically the same throughout the world," she says. "They sing about the same things."

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see Deirdre's World Music Picks, a closer look at some of the most notable world musicians.

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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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First Listen
10:48 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

First Listen: Andrea Echeverri, 'Ruiseñora'

Andrea Echeverri's new album, Ruiseñora, comes out August 20.
Ana Zuluaga Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:12 am

It's possible to chart the development of Latin Alternative music by following the career of Andrea Echeverri.

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World Music
2:08 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gogol Bordello Goes Beyond Boundaries

Eugene Hütz is frontman of the band Gogol Bordello. (Gogol Bordello)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

The band Gogol Bordello has long been known for its high-energy live performances of their particular brand of gypsy punk rock in shows around the world.

On the band’s new album, “Pura Vida Conspiracy,” frontman Eugene Hütz declares that “borders are scars on the face of the planet.”

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Music Interviews
10:15 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 8:20 am

In January, English musician and record producer Colin Bass found himself in the midst of an extraordinary assignment. Bass had traveled, with microphones and recording equipment in tow, to the Sahara desert to meet up with a musical group called Etran Finatawa.

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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
8:15 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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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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Alt.Latino
9:45 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Sergio Dias On The Mamas And The Papas, Os Mutantes And The Brazilian Protests

Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.
Denise Truscello Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 3:07 pm

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