World Music

World Music (& Film) At SXSW
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Award-Winning Documentary Takes A Punk Rock Look At Intellectual Disabilities

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät starts their set at Headhunters on Red River Street.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's Name Day), a punk band from Finland, is the subject of the documentary "The Punk Syndrome," which won the SXGlobal Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary provides a sincere and honest look at the lives of the four band members, who are all adults living with varying degrees of mental intellectual disabilities.

The band is made up of Pertti Kurikka (guitar), Kari Aalito (vocals), Sami Helle (bass) and Toni Välitalo (drums).

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World Music At SXSW
11:21 am
Fri March 22, 2013

The Drifting, Laid-Back Sway Of Bordeaux's Alba Lua

Benoit (left) and Clement talk about life in Bordeaux and the difference between French and American men.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Clément, the lead singer of Paris-based French band Alba Lua, still calls Bordeaux his hometown and loves to talk about life in southwest France. Though they are proudly French, the name of the band is actually a mixture of Spanish and Portugese.

"Alba is the dawn (in Spanish), and Lua is the moon in Portugese... I like the association of the two words and sometimes you can see the moon in the daylight and it has always been beautiful to me."

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World Music At SXSW
3:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Meteoric One-Year Rise Of Iceland's Asgeir Trausti

Ásgeir Trausti has a bright future with his English language album a few months from release.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Iceland's Ásgeir Trausti has taken the music charts in his native country by storm since his debut album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," came out in September of last year. The presale of his album broke records on Icelandicmusic.com, reached gold sales in six weeks and has since gone platinum.

While some of the musical backing in his songs may sound familiar, the vocal stylings in his native Icelandic make the vocal feel more like a participating instrument than a means to deliver the lyrics.

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World Music At SXSW
12:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

An Independent Musical Voice From Chile: Diego Peralta

Diego Peralta was in the U.S. for the first time at this year's SXSW.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With undisputable pop leanings and an ear for a sweet vocal melody, Diego Peralta is one of the leading independent voices on the Chilean music scene in his hometown of Valparaiso.

Diego was one of only a few musicians representing Chile at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW), and this was his first time in the United States.

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World Music At SXSW
11:08 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Lisa LeBlanc And Her French-Canadian "Folk Trash"

Lisa Leblanc is from Rosaireville, a town of 49 people in New Brunswick, Canada
Lisa Leblanc facebook photo

Lisa LeBlanc's musical idols are from the world of classic rock and metal. They're big rock stars with charisma, many of them men. Her approach to folk music is bold and confrontational, a style that she has deemed "folk trash."

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World Music Pick
1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bajofondo: South American Landscapes

Sony Masterworks

Bajofondo started as a loose collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, but over time formed a solid core of players that have since become a cohesive band. Their latest release, "Presente," consists of twenty one tracks and has a massive sound.

For this CD the group augmented their sound with an enormous orchestral section, giving each of their songs a full and well-rounded sound.

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SXSW Music Festival
1:36 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Look & Listen: World Music At SXSW 2013

Gonzalo Deniz goes by the stage name Franny Glass and tunes up his guitar at the Uruguay Music Showcase at the Speakeasy on Wednesday night.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With so many music groups in Austin for SXSW it is easy for any of them to get drowned out by all the noise, but luckily for World Music artists, their foreign musical stylings give them a uniqueness that audiences tend to stop and pay attention to.

The language barrier doesn't seem to matter

Many world groups sing in English in order to tap into the English-speaking market, but there is still a healthy demand for music sung in foreign languages.

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World Music
5:28 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Los Brujos en Mexico

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico. 

CONGRESO DE BRUJOS

Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.

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World Music
9:28 am
Fri February 15, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Ireland's 'Lovely' Ted Fest

Screen shot from the wacky homepage of Ted Fest 7: www.tedfest.org
www.tedfest.org

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 'lovely' contest off the coast of Ireland.

TED FEST

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Soundtrack Review: "Argo"

Watertower Music

After five Academy Award nominations, composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the busiest musicians in Hollywood today. In 2012 alone, he scored six features and one short film, scoring another nomination this year for his work on Ben Affleck’s award-winning film, “Argo.”

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