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12:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lo'Jo Celebrates 30 Years Of Peace And Music

Courtesy photo

The group called Lo’Jo was started in 1982 in Angers, France. The founders, Denis Pean and Richard Bourreau, continue to remain actively engaged with Richard playing the violin and kora and Denis the singer and keyboardist.

Deirdre Saravia: You live as a collective, right? Is that like hippies?

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Community
8:40 am
Wed January 22, 2014

International Friendship Brings French Family Restaurant To San Antonio

Sylvain, left, daughter and chef Caitline, center, and Sylvie Nykiel pose together in the kitchen at their restaurant, Saveurs 209.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the historic buildings and shuffle of people and traffic on Broadway near downtown is a modern, chic sign that reads "Saveurs 209." The word is French and the people inside argue that the taste of their food will satisfy the pickiest of food critics.

"Especially in Paris, people are very picky," said restaurateur Sylvain Nykiel. "But in Paris, people know really really food. They are foodies."

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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 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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World Music Pick
2:22 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Carla Bruni's "Little French Songs"

Verve Records

"I got used to notoriety early," said Carla Bruni in an interview with the British newspaper, The Telegraph. So there's nothing holding her back as she sings little songs about her former life, and romantic entanglement with a very famous pop star of the sixties.

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World Music Pick
4:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Paris Combo: Building A Relationship With Listeners On "5"

TaDah Records

It is difficult to describe the Paris Combo sound--it encompasses everything from cabaret to Middle Eastern and a whole lot in between, but they are comfortable with the 'World Music' description. Formed in Paris in the mid nineties, they released their first album, 'Paris Combo,' in 1997. Much of their success comes from their vocalist, the irrepressible Belle Du Berry, who also writes the witty lyrics. The guitarist who goes by one name, Potzi, plays Django Rheinhardt style.

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