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 Music
4:32 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Frozen Dead Guy Days

Tuff Shed with the Dead Guy
Flickr User: rickpawl

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures they represent. This week, we’ll catch the Big Fish in Nigeria, and look stateside for a festival that has kept one man on ice for over 20 years. 

FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS

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World Music
5:28 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Los Brujos en Mexico

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico. 

CONGRESO DE BRUJOS

Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.

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World Music Pick
9:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

"In Focus" With Shugo Tokumaru

Toyko, Japan's Shugo Tokumaru is a rapidly rising star in his own country, and with his anticipated showcase at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month, perhaps worldwide. Tokumaru started playing the piano at age five, and has been immersed in the music world since then. His ardent fans await his releases with unbridled enthusiasm. 

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World Music
9:28 am
Fri February 15, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Ireland's 'Lovely' Ted Fest

Screen shot from the wacky homepage of Ted Fest 7: www.tedfest.org
www.tedfest.org

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 'lovely' contest off the coast of Ireland.

TED FEST

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World Music
5:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Japan's Nude Festival

Hadaka Matsuri Festival, 2006
Flickr User: amanda-esque Flickr

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, chasing the "naked man" in Japan!

KONOMIYA HADAKA MATSURI FESTIVAL

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World Music Pick
4:54 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Cinematic Sounds Of Lo'Jo

World Village Records

Celebrating thirty years of performing, Lo'Jo, the French group from Angers, have released their thirteenth album. The title of the album says it all 'Cinema El Mundo', and the music unfolds as in a film.

It starts out with the aptly named "At The Beginning" and brings us along on a journey which incorporates music from North Africa. Vocals from the iconic English singer Robert Wyatt are added, and no Lo'Jo album would be complete without the El Mourid sisters.

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World Music
5:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Greasy Thursday

Pączki domowe.
MOs810 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, Poland celebrates "Greasy Thursday," and there's a Devil's Carnival in Bolivia. Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of the celebrations!

TŁUSTY CZWARTEK

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World Music
4:35 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Camel Fest!

Two members of the Jarl's squad, dressed as Vikings, are silhouetted in front of the burning galley at Up Helly Aa.
Mike Pennington 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, there'll be a beauty pageant for camels in India, and Scots transform into Vikings at the Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of past celebrations!

BIKANER CAMEL FESTIVAL 

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World Music
2:16 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Musicians Unite For Peace In War-Torn Mali

Fatoumata Diawara's first Album, 'Fatou' was released in 2011

The West African nation of Mali has seen instability and violence since March of 2012 when a military coup overthrew the government of President Amadou Toumani Touré. Since then, the violence has escalated as Islamic extremists have joined the fighting and further divided the country into North and South.

This month France announced their intervention due to the rapid escalation of violence over the last few months, and the United States is now helping with operational support.

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World Music Pick
8:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Nolwenn: French Singer Has Celtic Roots

Mercury Music Group/Decca

Nolwenn Leroy is a French singer who has just released her sixth album, simply named 'Nolwenn.' She was eleven when she began taking violin lessons, and continued her music education as a teenager in Ohio, where she spent a year as an exchange student.

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