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
11:27 am
Fri September 6, 2013

World Celebrations: Beauty In The Desert

Wodaabe performing a Yaake dance in Niger, c. 1997.
Dan Lundberg Wikimedia Commons

Forget the bathing suits, Cure Salée is for men only.

The Sahara Desert is populated by nomads who use camels for transportation, bring live goats and sheep for fresh victuals as needed, and traverse the land buying and selling. For one week in September, the Tuareg and Fulani tribes gather at In-Gall, a fertile area of salt-laden grass, on which they feed their cattle. (Cows require salt to maintain good health.) This is also an opportunity to meet and mingle, and perhaps find romance.

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World Music
4:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Yasmine Hamdan, "Ya Nass"

Crammed Discs Records

I first heard the haunting voice of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan on a track called “Lili s’en fout,” from a CD released by Toufic Farroukh. Her captivating vocals added a whole new dimension to the song.

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Music Interviews
5:19 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:59 am

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World Festivals
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

World Celebrations: Reed Dancing In Swaziland

Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini [left] at the Reed dance festival in Swaziland 2006. She is daughter of the first wife of the king. Royalties of Swaziland can wear red feathers in their hair.
Amanda44 Wikimedia Commons

The Umhlanga Ceremony in Swaziland, South Africa dates back to the 1940s, and was devised as a method to encourage chastity among young women. It has a vague connection to summer camp, when young people share collective experiences away from home.

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World Music
1:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Buika: Tiny Desk Concert

The Buika performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:14 pm

Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa.

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World Music
4:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The "Garifuna Sound" Lives On With Lloyd Augustine

Cumbancha Records

The Garifuna live along the coastline of Central America, and are descendants of slaves brought to work in the sugar plantations in the Caribbean--Carib, Arawak, and West African people. They have a very distinct language and culture which they struggle to maintain.

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World Festivals
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

World Celebrations: Hungry Ghost Festival

Offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Mezanurrahman Wikimedia Commons

Worshipping the Ancestors is common around the world, but what about when they come seeking you? That’s the scenario at The Hungry Ghost Festival in China.

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World Music
4:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Zaz Dazzles On "Recto Verso"

I don’t know where I heard about Zaz, but I’m so happy that I did.

This French chanteuse is incredible. Her voice is powerful and exuberant, and she obviously enjoys belting out a variety of songs on her latest release, “Recto Verso.”

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World Music
3:51 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Trumpeters And Troubadours: New And Old Music From Italy

The band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is leading the revival of an old Italian folk style called taranta, which has hypnotic rhythms meant to have restorative powers.
Daniela Cardone Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 4:53 pm

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World Celebrations
11:39 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

World Celebrations: Pigs, Pucks, and Horses

King Puck statue.
ltub 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, a small French town squeals like a pig, a furious horse race runs in Italy, and an Irish town celebrates its 400th birthday.

LA POURCAILHADE

If it looks like a pig and squeals like a pig, it might not be. Once a year, the pretty town of Trie-sur-Baïse in the high Pyrenees, France, recalls its illustrious past as the country’s largest pig market. 

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