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 Festivals
12:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

In Thailand, A Feast Fit For A King Goes To The Monkeys

Crab-eating Macaques in Lopburi, Thailand (behind Sarn Phra Karn shrine)
Christian Rebernik Wikimedia Commons

Once a year, and only in Thailand, the four legged and agile inhabitants of Lopburi, the Macaques monkeys, are treated as honored guests at the Monkey Buffet Festival. Normally, the locals regard these simian creatures with disdain because of their atrocious behavior. Monkey hordes hang out on roof tops and telegraph wires, and their hygiene leaves much to be desired. Passer bys are often the recipients of undesired droppings.

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Music Interviews
1:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman: America's Favorite Syrian Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, is out now.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:53 am

The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.

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World Music
4:38 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

"Get Happy" With Pink Martini's Latest

Heinz Records

The latest release by Pink Martini--and true to Martini form--is called ‘Get Happy.’ But in this case, the title does not say it all, as many of the songs are full of pathos and as in the Charlie Chaplin classic, ‘Smile,’ with singer Phyllis Diller, which is almost heartbreaking to listen to, as Ms. Diller died some months after recording the song, at age 95.

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Music Lists
8:47 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 3:19 pm

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Alt.Latino
1:48 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Mexican Princesses And The Musical Kingdom Of Tijuana

Ceci Bastida.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 1:11 pm

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World Music
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Putumayo Music Founder Dan Storper On A World Of Music

Dan Storper with TPR host Deirdre Saravia.
Jorge Saravia

Putumayo albums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.

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World Music
12:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Clannad Returns With Ethereal "Nádúr"

ARC Music

Over forty years ago, a young family band came together to sing the local pub in County Donegal, owned by Moya and Enya Brennan’s father. Clannad’s sound was essentially Irish, underscored by the fact that they also sang in Gaelic. The native language was extensively spoken in North Western Ireland, but was considered a commercial death knell for anyone hoping to find success in the music industry. So when “The Theme From Harry’s Game,” sung exclusively in Irish, entered the British pop charts at number five, a glass ceiling shattered.

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World Music
3:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

World Celebrations: Devils And Horns!

Diablada dancer, 2009.
Bjaglin Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about horns and devils that don't necessarily go together...

FESTA DEL CORNUTO

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World Music
12:35 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Review: "Traces Of You," By Anoushka Shankar

©2013 Deutsche Grammophon

The name Shankar immediately conjures up memories of the great Ravi Shankar. The master sitar player inspired George Harrison’s foray into playing this complex instrument, leading to a keen interest in Indian classical music by Western audiences. He also inspired his daughter Anoushka to follow in his footsteps. Born in London, Anoushka Shankar spent her teenage years in California, and whilst there decided to become a professional musician.

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Music Reviews
2:42 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

'Traces Of You': Anoushka Shankar's Memorial To Her Father

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Traces of You, comes out Tuesday.
Harper Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 9:10 am

When Indian music icon Ravi Shankar died last year, his daughter, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, was at work on her seventh album. The recording, Traces of You, became a kind of memorial.

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