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Jacob Edgar

As the president of the acclaimed world music record label Cumbancha, the main A&R consultant for Putumayo World Music, Jacob Edgar is a global explorer with an insatiable curiosity for the diverse ways in which people express themselves through music.


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Rajasthan
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Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Rajasthan, the desert state in northwestern India with an influential cultural legacy. Known as the birthplace of the Gypsies, Rajasthani music is as colorful and soulful as its surroundings. Edgar embarks on a hair-raising drive along India's dangerous back roads, before arriving at the ancient city of Jaipur. He is treated to a concert by Gypsy band, Musafir and a blazing performance by the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band in front of the magnificent Amber Fort. From there, Edgar moves on to the blue city of Jodhpur for a visit with the Maharaja in an enchanting voyage of musical discovery.


Delhi
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Edgar's Indian journey concludes in India's capital city of Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have performed their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.


Beyond Bob Marley
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Ask the average person what they know about Jamaican music and the first thing they will think of is Bob Marley. While the legacy of Marley is alive and well, in this episode, Jacob Edgar visits with some of today's most popular reggae artists who are keeping roots reggae going strong. Edgar's travels to St. Thomas, a small city east of Kingston, to visit with Tarrus Riley, one of the hottest young reggae singers. After a walk through a local market, Tarrus takes Edgar down bumpy back roads for an unplugged performance next to the one-room shack by the sea that he lived in for seven years. After catching Tarrus at his star-studded record release party and a blazing show at Jamaica's biggest music festival, Sumfest, Edgar journeys to the hills outside of Kingston for a visit with reggae star Richie Spice. They explore Richie Spice's family farm and discuss the social role of reggae, what it means to be a Rastafarian and the joys of raising bunny rabbits. The episode ends with a visit with Etana, a young singer who blends reggae and neo-soul who has become hugely popular in Jamaica. Edgar and Etana discuss the struggles of women to make their voices heard in the Jamaican music industry, and Etana and her band treat the viewer to a stunning acoustic performance on the picturesque Goldeneye beach.


Roots, Rock, Reggae
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Jamaican reggae hit the world like a hammer in the 1970s, but where did reggae come from? How did this appealing, soulful sound develop, and where do the roots of this powerful tree extend? In this episode, Edgar explores the history of Jamaican music, from its African roots to the cusp of the reggae revolution. Edgar heads to the jungle for an entrancing kumina drumming session with the Akwaaba Drummers, that reveals the African underpinning of the island's music. Edgar is joined by Reggae Sunsplash founder Ronnie Burke on a journey across the island to Negril to meet Gilzene and the Blue Light Mento Band, who set up in a picturesque beachside setting to play some classic Jamaican mento. Along the way, Burke and Edgar stop at the Peter Tosh Memorial for a conversation on the life and legacy of this reggae revolutionary. Back in Kingston, Edgar connects with guitar legend Ernest Ranglin for a lesson on the development of ska and rocksteady, and an all-star jam session with Sly Dunbar and other greats. The episode ends at the magnificent Strawberry Hill resort for an intimate concert with Marcia Griffiths, a member of Bob Marley's band and a star in her own right.


Dancehall Marathon
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The most popular music in Jamaica today is the hard-edged sounds of dancehall. In this episode, Edgar experiences the power of the movement first hand at the Reggae Sumfest and Fully Loaded festivals. Top stars Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and others tear up the stage as capacity crowds express their appreciation with homemade flamethrowers and explicit dance moves. Edgar visits legendary producer King Jammy at his studio for some insight into the early days of the dancehall sound. At Sumfest, Edgar brings viewers behind-the-scenes to the backstage chaos and the culinary delights (chicken foot stew anyone?) of the festival. Music Voyager takes to the streets for an inspiring visit to Flankers, a poor neighborhood where local kids offer hope for the future and show us some amazing dance moves. We close the episode with a visit to the home and studio of Chino and Steven MacGregor, scorching young dancehall talents, who treat us to some jerk chicken and invite us into their recording studio to hear some dancehall works in progress.


Rocky Mountain Adventures
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This episode brings Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar to Denver, Colorado on his three-episode journey to learn more about this year's Grammy nominees, Road to a GRAMMY. Jacob meet with banjo virtuoso and multiple GRAMMY nominee Bela Fleck, then visits the workshop where the GRAMMY statuettes are lovingly hand-crafted. He follows Bela Fleck from a banjo master class to a concert at one of Denver's top venues. On the tour bus, Fleck divulges the fascinating story of his banjo obsession and his acclaimed film and album Throw Down Your Heart, which documents Flecks musical adventures in Africa. Fleck treats viewers to a moving unplugged rendition of the title track. Then, Jacob Edgar explores the lifestyle of the Denver area, from the nearby ski resorts, to local record stores, Country & Western dance clubs and more. Jacob gets a mouthful of Rocky Mountain Oysters and has his hide tanned by a mechanical bull on this entertaining journey to the Mile High City.


From D.C. to Cajun Country
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Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar continues his Road to a GRAMMY journey by meeting up with GRAMMY winner India. Arie in Washington D.C. Dobet Gnahore, a stunning singer from west Africa, who shares a GRAMMY nomination with India. Arie for their duet on the song "Pearls," joins India. Arie and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel for a very special global musical jam session. Then, Jacob travels to Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country, to meet up with Cedric Watson, a young accordionist and violin player who has been making big waves in the Creole music world. The good times roll on the bayou, with a crawfish cookout, intimate porch-side concerts and a raucous Zydeco dance party at the famed Blue Moon night club.


Los Angeles City of Stars
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Host Jacob Edgar ends his journey to learn more about this year's GRAMMY nominees in Los Angeles, where the annual awards ceremony takes place. This final episode of Music Voyager's Road to a GRAMMY takes place during the awards weekend, when the city lights up with celebrity parties, concerts and special events, and Jacob dives headlong into the madness. After a visit to the GRAMMY Museum, Jacob meets up with renowned producer and songwriter Tricky Stewart, who has worked with superstars such as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Rhianna, Katy Perry and many others. Tricky describes the life and philosophy of being a producer to the stars and invites Jacob to his exclusive GRAMMY party, where celebrities and up and coming talents arrive in fancy cars and walk the red carpet to the flash bulbs of the paparazzi. Jacob steps outside the chaos to explore Los Angeles, introducing viewers to his favorite local record store, Latin nightclub, local radio station and other music highlights. The musical journey culminates in front of the Staples Center, where the fashionable crowds line up for the start the awards ceremony.


Lafayette: Sounds from the Bayou
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In this enchanting episode, host Jacob Edgar experiences the food, lifestyles and culture of Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette is the epicenter of Cajun and Creole culture, where the infectious rhythms of Zydeco and Cajun music echo across the bayou. There, Edgar settles in to picturesque Dockside Studios for a session with Roddie Romero, a talented local musician. Then Terrence Simien, a GRAMMY winner and one of Zydeco's biggest stars, takes Edgar on a horseback trail ride and then invites him into a jam session with the next generation of Creole musicians. Finally, Edgar is treated to performances by The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a young Cajun music band, at their family camp on the banks of the Vermillion River and a soulful duet by songwriter David Egan and singer Marc Broussard.


Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana
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Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African-American sounds of the South, country music, Western swing, rockabilly that predated rock and roll, and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. As guest host, rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett; introduces Maggie Warwick of the famed radio show, The Louisiana Hayride; enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom; sits down with guitar legend James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks; and sits in on a grumble boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.


New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm
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"Nawlins"...the Crescent City, where the local music and cuisine share a lot in common: both are spicy, fused with a multicultural mix of ingredients, and one taste only makes you hunger for more. Host Jacob Edgar arrives during the build-up to Mardi Gras. His musical journey moves from the classic jazz at Preservation Hall to the sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield at his club on Bourbon Street. Virtuoso Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews treats Edgar to a searing demonstration of his talents, followed by an intimate get-together with crooner Jeremy Davenport. Cameras capture a scorching jam with Cyril Neville and Galactic at the famed Tiptitina's and local legend Kermit Ruffins at his annual Mardi Gras morning barbeque party.


Colombia Rocks
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Host Jacob Edgar heads to Bogota, Colombia's capital and biggest metropolis, to explore the city's thriving rock and pop music scene. There, world-famous rockers Aterciopelados treat Edgar to an unplugged performance in the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and bring him to a nearby indigenous peoples cultural center for a ceremony with Arhuaco shamans. The up-and-coming rock band Superlitio opens the doors of their recording studio for a private jam and later, Edgar digs through the crates at a funky shoe store/vinyl record store in downtown Bogota. Finally, he meets Fonseca, one of Colombia's biggest pop stars, in Monserrate, a cathedral high in the mountains overlooking Bogota, for an unplugged performance of his hit song, "Paraiso."


The Capital of Salsa
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The Colombian city of Cali, known as the world capital of salsa, also serves as the urban center of the country's Afro-Pacific culture. Host Jacob Edgar discovers why Columbia adopted as its native style the upbeat tropical dance music of salsa. He meets Grupo Niche, one of the world's most famous salsa bands, for a performance at their private club Dulce con Dulce, and explores the famous Juanchito neighborhood where salsa clubs line the streets. A four- time world champion salsa dance team demonstrates their moves in a square in downtown Cali (Plaza Caicedo), while the electronic duet No DJs provides a taste of cutting-edge Latin music. This episode also explores the local Afro-Pacific music with an intimate performance by Grupo Bahia on the banks of the Rio Melendez, and young bloods Herencia de Timbiquí demonstrate their funky grooves in the streets of the old city. Finally, Edgar jams in Matildelina with the hippest salsa band in Colombia, La-33, who bring a modern attitude to this classic style.


The New Medellin
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Despite its notoriety as the home of drug baron Pablo Escobar, Medellin is a modern, thriving city nestled in a scenic mountain valley. Host Jacob Edgar tours a local hip-hop school and community center in the Aranjuez neighborhood that provides a positive outlet for inner city youth. He also enjoys a virtuoso freestyle display by local hip-hop collective Crew Peligrosos, a private performance by reggaeton superstar J-Balvin in his luxurious penthouse apartment and a visit to El Cielo, one of Colombia's most inventive restaurants. After a visit to the headquarters and archives of Discos Fuentes, Colombia's pioneering record label founded in 1934, Edgar and the crew pull off a skin-of-our-teeth nighttime street performance with Puerto Candelaria, a quirky band fusing creative jazz arrangements with retro-Colombian cumbia.


Colombia's Electro Tropical Beats
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One of the latest and most exciting trends in Colombian music fuses the traditional rhythms and melodies with electronic beats and modern influences. Host Jacob Edgar explores this cutting-edge Bogota scene, starting with an electrifying live performance in the streets with La Mojarra Electrica. Then, he meets British DJ and producer Richard Blaire, whose Sidestepper project pioneered the electrotropical trend. Systema Solar provides a sample of their funky and eclectic sound at the equally colorful restaurant and nightclub, Andres Carne de Res. Finally, one of the most popular electrotropical bands, Bomba Estereo, treat viewers to a stripped-down performance of one of the group's new songs at Gaira, a popular Bogotá restaurant that doubles as a Colombian music museum.


Heartbeat of Vallenato
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Host Jacob Edgar's journeys through Colombia reveal the country's amazing geographical, cultural and musical diversity. This time, his travels take him from the ranches and farmlands of Valledupar through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and on to the Caribbean coast. The small city of Valledupar is the cradle of vallenato, a rustic, folksy and distinctly Colombian music style. There, Edgar meets Fonseca, one of Colombia's biggest stars, who has incorporated the vallenato style into the tropipop sound he made famous. He meets with the Rey de Reyes (King of Kings) of the accordion, attends a wild street party, visits a restaurant that serves unusual wildlife and joins the adorable Los Ninos de Vallenato for a performance in the city's main square. Next, he travels to a small coastal village to meet with a former paramilitary soldier-turned-vallenato-singer, who serenades from a fishing boat in the picturesque harbor. Finally, Edgar ends up in the port city of Barranquilla, where steamy, tropical Afro-Colombian beats dominate the music scene. At a rehearsal for Barranquilla's famous carnival, singer Erika Munoz gives an impromptu performance of her African-influenced sound. Colombian legend Joe Arroyo performs with his full 14-piece band in a commandeered library.


Afro-Colombian Grooves
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From Cartagena's gorgeous old city to the rough and tumble streets and beaches of La Boquilla, this episode of Music Voyager provides entree into the beauty, rhythms and culture of this colorful city. Colombia's beautiful Caribbean coast gave rise to cumbia, the iconic Colombian rhythm now popular in nearly every corner of Latin America. Host Jacob Edgar discovers sights of Cartagena da Indias alongside Toto la Momposina, one of the most respected figures in Colombian music, who performs with her band on the beach as local children dance along. Cartagena also bounces to the hot sound of champeta, a blending of contemporary African styles like Congolese soukouss, Nigerian Afrobeat and South African mbaqanga with Latin and Caribbean grooves. Champeta star Louis Towers performs in the bustling Basurto market, and producer Lucas Silva guides Edgar on a tour of Cartagena's famous nightlife. Later, Charles King takes Edgar to hear the popular and extremely loud Rey de Rochas sound system.


Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music
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Host Jacob Edgar begins his Tennessee journey in Bristol, the city in the northeast corner of the state that proudly calls itself the birthplace of country music. He visits 96-year-old Georgia Warren, the last surviving participant of the legendary "Bristol Sessions" of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience. While in Bristol, he catches a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean & the KFB and checks out Knoxville-based The Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol's many outdoor concerts. Jacob also explores the Bristol Motor Speedway, where he tests out a pace car on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks. From Bristol, Jacob heads to Knoxville for a visit to the legendary "Blue Plate Special", a live radio program featuring the best in local music. Singer-songwriters Scott Miller and R.B. Morris show Jacob around their hometown. He also learns more about the evolution of Appalachian music through an unplugged performance by up-and-coming country stars The Roys. Finally, he passes through the revitalized city of Chattanooga, home to the New Binkley Brothers, and meets local dulcimer wizard Dan Landrum, who performs with the country rock band Yarn.


Memphis: Memphis Mojo
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Memphis has played an important role in the history of blues, rock and roll and soul music. Host Jacob Edgar witnesses the meeting of young and old when blues veteran Bobby "Blue" Bland jams with 17-year-old guitar wizard Will Tucker. The elder statesman schools the young Tucker in the finer points of the blues, before a scorching performance at the B.B. King nightclub on Memphis's famous Beale Street. Brandon Bailey's unique blend of harmonica with beat boxing illustrates blues' new directions while blues-rockers North Mississippi All Stars jam at one of Memphis' hippest record stores. Jacob arrives in Memphis during "Elvis Week," an annual remembrance of the "King of Rock and Roll" centered on the anniversary of his death. He visits Sun Studios, where Elvis made his first recordings, and discovers the Bluff City Backsliders, the band of the studio's current sound engineer. He attends the candlelight vigil in front of Graceland, interviews some of Elvis' most devoted fans and enjoys a gospel tribute by the Spirit of Memphis Gospel Ensemble. Later, he explores the sound of Memphis soul music with The Bo-Keys and a visit to the Stax Museum. Young singer-songwriter Amy Lavere demonstrates the diversity of the contemporary Memphis music scene, while up-and-coming hip-hop stars Freesol, recently signed to Memphis-native Justin Timberlake's label, discuss the local urban sound.


Nashville: Music City
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Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. He hears virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrate her musical talents and then visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift started their careers. Then, he stops in at the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". And finally, local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins prove there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.


Tennessee Special - Round
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The singer-songwriter embodies the unique and profitable symbiotic relationship between the stars of country music and the artists responsible for crafting the words and melodies. Music Voyager invites four of Nashville's most prolific and successful songwriters for an intimate and rare performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured artists include revered singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark.


Israel: Voices from the Desert
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Host Jacob Edgar travels to Israel to attend a once-in-a-lifetime concert of The Idan Raichel Project at the foot of the magnificent "Solomon's Pillars", a natural rock formation in the Negev Desert near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Idan Raichel, an internationally renowned star of the Israeli music scene, serves as his guide. At the technical rehearsals and sound check for the desert concert, Jacob meets the artists featured on stage. Idan performs with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade on the edge of a stunning cliff. Ravid Kahalani performs in an unplugged session with members of his side project Yemen Blues and talks about the unique history and music of the Yemenite community. Cabra Casey, another lead voice in the Idan Raichel Project, introduces the fascinating story of Israel's Ethiopian immigrants. He also meets Palestinian-Israeli singer and television actress Mira Awad, who has recorded with Idan Raichel. She reflects on how artistic collaboration can lead to a hopeful future for Israel and the region. Then, Jacob interviews Idan while floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Next, Idan and Jacob travel to Jerusalem for a visit to the Wailing Wall and a magnificent private home overlooking the Old City. The episode culminates with a song featuring the full project from the live concert in the desert.


Israel: Songs from the Holy Land
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Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society. The band gives a stripped-down performance at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem, then invites Jacob for drinks and conversation at the lead singer's pub. He visits leading Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home on the outskirts of the city, where she performs songs in the Spanish-derived Ladino language. Leading singer-songwriter David Broza invites Jacob to visit a village devoted to peace between Arabs and Jews. Broza performs amidst the vines of his family winery then takes Jacob to an informal jam session with Palestinian musicians in East Jerusalem. He travels to the Galilee region of northern Israel for a visit to Tzfat, an epicenter of the mystical Kaballah and the world's largest klezmer music festival. Next, Jacob journeys to the ancient and scenic port of Akko, before meeting up with Israeli star Mosh Ben-Ari for an unplugged performance in the magnificent Roman Theater at Caesarea. Mosh takes Jacob to his home and farm where he learns of his love for the land and the importance of agriculture in the history and identity of Israelis.


Israel: Tel Aviv - Rocking Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city, is a vibrant and striking blend of old and new. From the ancient port of Jaffa to modern skyscrapers and trendy nightclubs, Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel's arts scene and most of the country's top musicians live in and around the city. Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar meets Ehud Banai, the revered singer-songwriter who hails from one of Israel's most important musical families. Ehud invites Jacob to a mountaintop park overlooking the Tel Aviv skyline, where he performs his song "Caananite Blues." We then meet Karolina, a hip and popular singer with an outstanding head of hair and a voice to match. Karolina takes Jacob around the artistic and picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, culminating in an intimate performance in her living room. He visits musician, producer and remixer Kutiman, who reveals the secrets of his famous YouTube mashups. Jacob's quest for the best hummus in Israel ends at Tel Aviv's legendary Abu Hassan restaurant, where hungry throngs assemble for a taste of their beguiling garbanzos. Finally, he joins quirky Balkan surf-rock band Boom Pam in the recording studio before hitting the clubs of Tel Aviv as they bands show off some of their favorite nightlife spots.


Istanbul Crossroads
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At the crossroads of the Bosphorous strait sits the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul, which has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisines and, of course, music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar checks out some of the sights and sounds found in "The City of the World's Desire." Turkish op star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes Jacob to her favorite trendy boutique, treats him to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and provides an exclusive look at her private residence. He goes backstage with rock legend Sebnem Ferah, who shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici invites Jacob to picturesque Maiden's Island for a jam session by the sea. The episode concludes as Jacob toasts Istanbul's past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, while serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.


Istanbul Crossroads
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At the crossroads of the Bosphorous strait sits the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul, which has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisines and, of course, music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar checks out some of the sights and sounds found in "The City of the World's Desire." Turkish op star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes Jacob to her favorite trendy boutique, treats him to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and provides an exclusive look at her private residence. He goes backstage with rock legend Sebnem Ferah, who shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici invites Jacob to picturesque Maiden's Island for a jam session by the sea. The episode concludes as Jacob toasts Istanbul's past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, while serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.


Mystical Cappadocia
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Host Jacob Edgar explores Turkey's mystical side, from trance-inducing whirling dervishes and surreal landscapes to trippy Turkish psychedelic rock. Murat Ertel of the electric folk band Baba Zula takes Jacob on a road trip along the Bosporus Strait and back to the group's colorful studio in a quirky artists' community. Later in the episode, he visits a hookah bar, meets innovative clarinet player Serkan Çagri, experiences a sensual belly dance demonstration and dines on delicious local cuisine. Jacob ends his mind-altering journey in Cappadocia, soaring above its legendary "fairy chimney" rock formations in a hot-air balloon.


Aegean Beats of Turkey
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Few beaches combine the natural beauty, local cuisine, dynamic culture, nightlife and history like Izmir, Turkey. Each summer, the popular beach resort region on the eastern end of the Aegean Sea hosts live music performances and some of Istanbul's top DJs. Here, host Jacob Edgar meets Can Bonomo, Turkey's recent entry to the Eurovision Song Contest and a teen heartthrob, who recommends his favorite street food vendor and pickle juice stand. After windsurfing and exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus, Jacob connects with Huseyin Karadayi, one of Turkey's most popular DJs. Karadayi reveals the secrets of Turkish techno and shows his favorite Istanbul restaurant and music store.


Florida: The Other Hollywood
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Hollywood, Florida often is overshadowed by its California namesake and its flashier neighbor to the south, Miami Beach. However, a little digging in this coastal community yields a bounty of musical riches. Host Jacob Edgar's adventures in Hollywood, Florida include a conversation and performance with Spanish superstar Antonio Carmona, in town for the Viva Florida 500 concert commemorating the arrival of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. Then, Jacob chats with renowned music-inspired muralist and painter Lebo, enjoys a Cuban cigar bar escapade with local musician Eddie Balzola and visits Resurrection Drums, one of the country's premier drum shops. Along the way, he discovers Hollywood's cuisine, beaches and thriving nightlife.


Tokyo: A Feast for the Senses
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The massive metropolis of Tokyo offers a feast for the senses: blinding neon, the bleeps and blips of Pachinko parlors, adventurous cuisine, and experimental, animated and sometimes unusual music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar gets a taste of Tokyo's cultural umami - a voyage of discovery filled with unforgettable surprises. From the outlandish fashion of J-Pop, the surprising pastime of a Japanese jazz giant, Tokyo's rock guitar superstar and a humorous hip-hop freestyler, Jacob meets the colorful characters of Tokyo. His journey is powered by ample bowls of ramen noodles, first-class shots of sake, and the occasional octopus ball.

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This travel-based music series features host Jacob Edgar — an ethnomusicologist, cultural musician and music critic — exploring thriving, exotic global music scenes to discover emerging talent.

Edgar travels all over the world to hear cutting-edge musicians and immerse himself in their cultures.

Along the way, he receives a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms.

With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties at hidden venues only the locals know.

His unexpected adventures and surprising discoveries unveil the magic, mystery and music of far-off lands.

Destinations include: India, Jamaica and various locations across the United States.

Included: Three episodes follow 2009 Grammy-nominated artists as Edgar uncovers why their music resonates in the U.S. today.


Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)


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