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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Arts & Culture
11:07 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Lila Downs: Music Rooted in Different Cultures

An international performer will be hit the stage at the Majestic on Sunday.  Lila Downs has an alluring, very different sound. (Hit "Listen" above to hear it)

“I’m very excited about coming to San Antonio," Downs said. "It’s always a very special, has a very special place in my heart. I was able to record with Flaco Jimenez a few years back.”

Lila describes her vibe as a youthful take on roots music—happy, festive, rhythmic.

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Alt.Latino
1:53 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Puerto Rican Princesses And Mexican Centaurs

Princess Nokia.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:46 pm

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World Music
1:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:27 pm

Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh currently lives in New York, but he grew up in Damascus. Until recently, Azmeh traveled regularly back and forth to his homeland, before it became too dangerous.

In 2011, after protesters were killed in the streets in Syria, Azmeh stopped composing and started to question the role of his music. But after a year hiatus, he realized his music has a place that is important.

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Code Switch
1:41 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock

Bochan Huy is part of a community of Cambodian-American musicians, remixing and reviving psychedelic hits from 1960s Cambodia.
Mark Shelby Perry Bochan Huy

Many of the old images in Bochan Huy's "Chnam Oun 16" music video are haunting — fleeting, grainy footage of workers in rural Cambodian labor camps and Phnom Penh's crumbling shops and streets, emptied of life.

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First Listen
11:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

First Listen: Bebel Gilberto, 'Tudo'

Bebel Gilberto's new album, Tudo, comes out Aug. 19.
Harper Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:17 am

A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo befits Bebel Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. The daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, as well as the niece of the legendary Chico Buarque, she crafts a work that's light but never boring.

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Music
11:29 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

'Global Village' Presents New Collaborations In Latin Music

Silvia Perez Cruz and Raul Fernandez Miro released their latest collaboration, Granada, in June.
Yann Serrand Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 4:17 pm

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First Listen
7:33 am
Mon August 4, 2014

First Listen: Bunji Garlin, 'Differentology'

Bunji Garlin's new album, Differentology, comes out Aug. 12.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 5:26 am

For an artist who trades almost exclusively in music about one of the world's biggest parties, Bunji Garlin (a.k.a. Ian Antonio Alvarez) is surprisingly serious about his craft. "When I'm onstage, I'm here to stand my ground, and you're going to take note of what I am here to do musically," he said in a December interview with NPR.

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Music Interviews
10:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by Gurrumul, released his self-titled debut album in the U.S. this week.
Adrian Cook Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:40 pm

The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with Sting, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of Rolling Stone, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.

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U.S.
8:59 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

An American Radio Station That's Saying 'Jambo' To Kenyans

Njoki Wa Ndegwa, left, mixes with fans of Jambo Boston Radio in Alabama last March. Jambo has become such a vital part of the Kenyan-American community it's touring the country, throwing big parties for its listeners.
Courtesy Jambo Boston Network

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 7:40 pm

There are about 100,000 people born in Kenya who are now living in America. Over the last 50 years, there's been a growing number of Kenyans immigrating to America. In fact, the number is doubling.

They live in clusters in Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Dallas and in parts of the West Coast. They stay connected through a mix of old and new technology.

"We have truckers, we have taxi drivers, we have delivery van drivers and we spend our time learning by listening to what is currently happening," Davis Maina says.

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Goats and Soda
11:02 am
Thu July 17, 2014

She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero shows off her guitar chops and her perfect afro.
Cody Pickens

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:58 pm

In February, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero was flying home from Uganda to the U.S. when her plane had to land unexpectedly near the Arctic Circle. It was so cold that to keep her fingers warm she put on oven mitts (decorated with an African print) that she'd bought to bring home.

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