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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Alt.Latino
1:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch

A mural in Rio de Janeiro.
Matthias Hangst Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:25 am

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World Music
1:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Ziggy Marley: Making Music For Children And Adults

Ziggy Marley (ziggymarley.com)

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:48 am

Ziggy Marley has been making music for decades, ever since he first recorded with his father, the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley in 1979. He’s won six Grammys and an Emmy for his music.

He’s now released a children’s book based on his Emmy-winning song “I Love You Too.”

“To speak to children is even more important than speaking to adults, than making music for the general public,” Ziggy Marley told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

A Modern Milestone: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion Views

Psy performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in New York.
Charles Sykes AP

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 3:24 pm

The South Korean pop star Psy has reached a decidedly modern milestone: His hit, "Gangnam Style" has reached 2 billion (yes, with a "b") plays on YouTube.

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First Listen
2:14 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's new album, A Long Way to the Beginning, comes out May 27.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:07 am

Here's the starting point for the story of Seun Kuti: He's the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He began playing with his father's band Egypt 80 at age 8 — and took it over upon his father's death just six years later.

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NPR Story
4:49 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Austrian Drag Queen Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Conchita Wurst, representing Austria, poses with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 11, 2014. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:58 pm

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a James Bond-inspired power ballad.

The song, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst secure Austria’s second victory in the competition Saturday. The country also won in 1966.

The winner was picked by juries and television viewers across Europe.

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First Listen
1:58 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

First Listen: Pasatono Orquesta, 'Maroma'

Pasatono Orquesta's new album, Maroma, comes out on May 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:55 am

They had me at "vintage Mexican circus music." Maroma, the new album by the roots band Pasotono Orquesta, is dedicated to music of the one-man circuses — known as maroma — that traveled in rural Mexico during the late 19th century. The big-tent circuses, or carpas, were pared down to a single clown who had to tell jokes, juggle, perform light acrobatics and even recite poetry.

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World Music
4:05 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

In The Studio With Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's latest album is 9 Dead Alive.
Tina Korhonen Courtesy of the artist

A pair of former heavy metal guitarists who left Mexico for Ireland, Rodrigo y Gabriela developed an acoustic sound that has taken the duo from playing on the streets for change to some of the biggest stages on the festival circuit. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero joined NPR's Arun Rath in the studio at NPR West to perform a few selections from their latest album, 9 Dead Alive. Hear the music, and their conversation, at the audio link.

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Alt.Latino: Show
9:33 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Knock Your Wool Socks Off With New Latin Music

Brazilian rapper Karol Conka.
Mariana Zarpellon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 12:55 pm

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First Listen
9:27 am
Mon April 28, 2014

First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Lighght'

Kishi Bashi's new album, Lighght, comes out May 13.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:50 pm

K. Ishibashi opens his second solo album, Lighght, by taking a tone-setting 48-second violin solo. Titled "Début - Impromptu," it skids and squeaks with accelerating abandon until the notes distort and smash together chaotically; by the end, the instrument has become largely indistinguishable from the machines he so often uses to loop and manipulate it. It's equal parts introduction and mission statement for Lighght, in which technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways.

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Music Reviews
3:35 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Album Review: 'Abracaco'

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 9:19 am

Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.

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