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
4:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Epiphany

Italian "Befane"
Wikipedia

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 weekend marks the official end of the Christmas season for many cultures.

The Epiphany is celebrated around the world in many different ways. This day marks the manifestation of the Son of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. It’s also the day marked by the visitation of the Three Kings to the infant Jesus.

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World Music Picks
11:44 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Anoushka Shankar Goes Flamenco On 'Traveller'

Deutsche Grammophon

Flamenco music is relatively new on the music scene (especially considering the long history of music as art), but still dates backs a couple of hundred years. It was brought to Spain by gypsies, who were erroneously named because they were mistaken for Egyptians but are of Indian descent.

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World Music Picks
9:13 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Mexican Songstress Carla Morrison Wins Latin Grammy For 'Déjenme Llorar'

Despite her English name, Carla Morrison is Mexican. Her father, Hilario Viera, ran away from Durango, Mexico as a young man and ended up  in San Diego. Hilario was adopted by William Morrison, who in turn gave him his new surname.

Years later, Hilario returned to Mexico and married Porfiria Flores in Tecate where Carla was born. She received a high school education in Phoenix and pursued music studies at the University of Arizona. It wasn't until she reached high school that anyone realized she could sing, as she was extremely shy as a girl.

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World Music Picks
11:55 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Senegalese Singer/Composer Badu Boye's 'We Can Win'

Laromusic/Shiadoo (label)

Badu Boye was born in Senegal, but is now based in Paris, France. In the 1990's he and his brother, Pape Armand Boye introduced a new sound into the Senegalese music scene. Very different from the electronic mbalax music of the day, the brothers played acoustic guitars. Badu's style today sounds very similar, on his eponymously titled CD, the songs are uplifting and inspirational, albeit with a touch of home sickness. A cello,violin and harmonica sprinkled throughout the album are very attractive additions and add an extra texture to the acoustic sound.

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World Music Picks
12:31 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Carlos Nuñez' new album, 'Discover'

Carlos Nuñez first heard Irish band The Chieftains at age thirteen, and four years later he was touring the world with them, affectionately known as the seventh member of the band.

Born in Galicia, Spain, he started playing the gaita (Spanish pipes) at the age of eight. His latest album is ‘Discover’ and features collaborations with performers from a variety of genres. Carlos considers recording with other artists to be paramount in introducing the ‘Pipes’ to an array of audiences.

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World Music
11:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Fela Kuti, On Film and In Concert

Kino Lorber Films

Fela Kuti is considered the founder of the musical style known as Afropop, which employs a very large band with a jazzy horn section and African rhythms. Kuti is not only a composer, but multi-instrumentalist, human rights advocate and political agitator. 

The Fela Kuti Double Feature Documentary and Concert DVD is hypnotic watching, beginning with the chain smoking Fela introducing himself. 

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World Music
12:39 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Syrian-Born Singer Zein Al-Jundi's 'Ajmal Gharam' (The Most Beautiful Love)

Putumayo's July 2012 release "Arabic Beat" features music from the Middle East and North Africa.
Putumayo

Zein Al-Jundi has a graduate degree in architecture, which was her dream, but a serious accident altered the course of her path to a career of performance.

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SXSW
3:41 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin at The Commodore, Vancouver, BC (2010)
Reinier@BrilliantEye.ca

The electronic dance music group Delhi 2 Dublin is based in Canada, and formed six years ago. The group’s name implies a fusion of Indian and Irish music, but Tarun Nayar, one of the members, says “over the last two years we’ve become a lot less concerned about trying to make everything Irish and Indian.

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SXSW
2:53 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Marianne Dissard

Courtesy Photo

Marianne Dissard was born in France, and even though she lives now in Tucson, Arizona. She has been a filmmaker, a performance artist and is presently a writer, blogger and singer. Although she’s been working in English more and more often, Dissard found recently that hip hop beats work especially well with her native tongue. “It’s got that innate rhythm to it,” she says.

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SXSW
2:30 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Longital

Daniel Salontay and Shina.
© Jaro Ridzoň 2011

Longital are a couple from Slovakia, and 2012 was their third experience at South By Southwest. Although both members are accomplished professionals from the world of math and computer science, they’re making their mark in the musical world through tours in Europe and America.

In this interview, Deirdre Saravia talks to the duo about their travels, as well as the inspiration behind some of their best songs, including “Dragon Clouds.”

Official Website: www.longital.com

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