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Look & Listen: World Music At SXSW 2013

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.

Not understanding the language is not much of a problem and people enjoy the music for the beat and instrumentation. Besides, people are basically the same throughout the world. They sing about the same things.

The following are some of this year's world music performers that are worth giving a listen.

Sammy Decoster - Grenoble, France

Though he had to overcome sound problems throughout his set, he kept on performing, showcasing his melancholy brand of folk from eastern France.

Listen to more online at: www.last.fm/music/Sammy+Decoster

Franny Glass - Montevideo, Uruguay

Franny glass is the solo project of Gonzalo Deniz, who also performs in several other groups. This singer/songwriter has won several Uruguayan music awards and his fourth album will be released this year.

Get his music online at: frannyglass.bandcamp.com

Charan Po Rantan - Tokyo, Japan

These two talented sisters take on accordion carnival music with precision, and their talent keeps it from being campy or gimmicky. Koharu is a champion accordion player and Momo sings.

Learn more about the group at: www.nextmusicfromtokyo.com

Usman Riaz - Karachi, Pakistan

His self-written bio states that he picked up the guitar at age 16 and taught himself to play by watching YouTube videos. Usman plays what is called "percussive guitar," which involves... well, you just have to watch.

Listen to more at: www.reverbnation.com/usmanesoterica

Campo - Montevideo, Urugyay

An offshoot of Bajofondo, the Argentine/Uruguayan supergroup that just released a massive new album two weeks ago, Campo delivers an easily digestible take on suptropical music.

Get more online at: campomusic.net

Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 Band - Tokyo, Japan

Chichiro plays trumpet and leads the band through instrumental arrangements using elements of Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Rock. Fans of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass will enjoy this.

Learn more about them online at: www.route14.rdy.jp/about.html

My journalism journey began with an idea for a local art and music zine and the gumption to make it happen with no real plan or existing skill set.
Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.