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 Music
5:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Rokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa"

Nonesuch Records

The cover of Rokia Traore’s latest album shows the singer fashionably attired, complete with a fedora-style hat, sitting on an amplifier with bare feet. Her guitar is propped up against a wall and she’s staring off into the distance. Her CD ‘Beautiful Africa’ is indeed, beautiful.

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World Music
8:15 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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World Music
11:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

World Celebrations: On Stilts And Near Death

Anguiano, Spain
AnthonyAnguiano Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we visit Spain. 

SANTA MARIA DE RIBARTEME

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World Music
9:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Idan Raichel's Timely Cross-Cultural Project

Cumbancha Records

Idan Raichel released his first international CD, “The Idan Raichel Project,” in 2006. It was a tremendous success and garnered him the title of ‘A One Man Peace Process’ for bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and religions. Idan was born in Israel and was involved in music from the age of nine when he learned to play the accordion. After a compulsory stint in the Israel Defense Force, he worked at a boarding school which was attended by many young Ethiopian Jews. They introduced him to Ethiopian folk and pop music.

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Alt.Latino
9:45 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Sergio Dias On The Mamas And The Papas, Os Mutantes And The Brazilian Protests

Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.
Denise Truscello Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 3:07 pm

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World Music
7:03 am
Sat July 13, 2013

In 'Violeta Went To Heaven,' A Folk Icon's Tempestuous Life

Francisca Gavilán plays the Chilean musician and visual artist Violeta Parra in the film Violeta Went to Heaven.
Kino Lorber, Inc.

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 5:39 pm

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World Festivals
2:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

World Celebrations: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Korea-Boryeong Mud Festival
Flickr user: Stinkie Pinkie Wikimedia Commons

Do you know that song that goes, "Mud, Mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood?" Well, should you find yourself in the vicinity of South Korea next weekend, you might put it to the test. For in little over a week, thousands of happy people will cavort and enjoy covering themselves in grey, sticky mud.

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World Music
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Sigur Rós Goes Industrial

Image from the album cover of Kveikur, the new album by Sigur Rós. (Sigur Rós)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

Each week, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson brings us new music.

This week, he has us listening to “Brennesteinn,” off the new album Kveikur by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

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World Music
10:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Moose Dropping Festival

Bull Moose
Donna Dewhurst Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we drop in on Alaska. 

MOOSE DROPPING FESTIVAL

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First Listen
12:27 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

First Listen: Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, 'Border-Free'

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers' new album, Border-Free, comes out July 9.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:47 pm

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Jazz fans will get the reference in the name of Chucho Valdés' quintet, The Afro-Cuban Messengers. Just as drummer Art Blakey did with various versions of his Jazz Messengers, Valdés is nurturing future generations of Afro-Cuban jazz musicians while also spreading the gospel of the music itself.

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