World Music with Deirdre Saravia
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.