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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1:23 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert

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Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:52 pm

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3:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

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Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:05 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, BYLINE: The South African all-male group Ladysmith Black Mambazo became world-famous after collaborating with Paul Simon on the Grammy-winning 1986 album "Graceland." Since their beginning in the '60s, the group has recorded more than 50 albums and won multiple awards. Their new release is a remembrance for one of their own, the late wife of the group's bandleader. It's called "Always With Us." Banning Eyre has this review.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing in foreign language)

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Wed February 12, 2014

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Sat February 8, 2014

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2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

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World Music
8:54 am
Mon February 3, 2014

First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar'

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Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:35 pm

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1:53 pm
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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Darren Phillip Jones

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:58 am

For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

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10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

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Watoto Children's Choir
Watoto staff

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Music Interviews
9:15 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Angélique Kidjo Shares The 'Shiver' Of Hearing A Beautiful Voice

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Pierre Marie Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:53 pm

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First Listen
7:04 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

First Listen: Angélique Kidjo, 'Eve'

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Pierre Marie Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 10:02 pm

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