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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Music Interviews
10:40 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice

Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul.
Javi Rojo

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:20 pm

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World Music
4:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

World Celebrations: A Tantric Festival

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) at Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 2005
Cyntia Motta 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'll hear about celebrations of the sun and fertility. 

AMBUBACHI MELA

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World Music
11:06 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Can't Stop The Beat: Three New Caribbean Artists Making Waves

Alt.Latino's hosts are convinced that Cuban singer Danay Suarez is a legend in the making.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:58 am

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World Festivals
4:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Feats (Or Feets?) Of Strength

Azzurri Vs. Rossi, 2008
Lorenzo Noccioli 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'll hear about an early form of football played in Italy, and a feat (or feet?) of strength in England.

TOE WRESTLING

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The Picture Show
3:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Rio's New Dance Craze: The Passinho

Wellington Costa, 19, performs at the semifinals of a passinho competition in Rio de Janeiro on April 23. Passinho is a liberated dance form born in Rio's favelas, or shanty towns.
Lianne Milton for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:35 am

When photographer Lianne Milton was invited by friends to attend a passinho dance-off competition, she was not expecting the large, corporate-sponsored event at which she arrived.

"It was incredible to see a lot of young people, a lot of kids, a lot of girls, cheering on their favorite dancers," says Milton. "It was a calm, fun, spirited event."

Arriving in Rio in early 2013, Milton has been photographing stories ranging from redevelopment and forced evictions to daily life. She came across a dance style rapidly growing in popularity.

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World Music
4:50 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Baby Jumping In Spain

El Colacho jumps the babes in Spain.
Celestebombin 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 -- bebés, tenga cuidado.

EL COLACHO FESTIVAL

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Music Reviews
9:48 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

Tartit performs at the Festival au Desert.
Chris Nolan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 8:20 am

Long ago, one of my college history professors hammered home a durable truth: "If you love art," she said, "you should hate war." Because some art is always among war's victims.

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World Music Celebrations
5:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Cheese Rolling

The Cheese Master
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 cheesy festival in England.

COOPER'S HILL CHEESE ROLLING

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:20 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk Concert

M R Shajarian performs a Tiny Desk Concert in March 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:31 pm

Every Tiny Desk Concert provides its own particular thrill, but it's not every day that we get to welcome one of NPR's 50 Great Voices to our offices. With the visit of the incredible, honey-voiced Mohammad Reza Shajarian from Iran, we lucked out by having him sing on not just any day, but on the biggest holiday of the Persian calendar: Nowruz, the New Year.

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World Music Pick
12:01 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Romanticism On Asgeir Trausti's "In The Silence"

Ásgeir Trausti hoped to be a professional track and field athlete but his plans were detailed by various sporting injuries. He became a professional musician instead and quickly rose to to top of the Icelandic music scene.

All the words to his songs are composed by his 72-year-old father and are filled with lyric romanticism.

His first album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," (In The Silence) is sung completely in Icelandic, he hopes to reach a broader audience with an all English version of the album currently in the works.

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