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Music Voyager

Nashville: Music City (#303)

Jacob Edgar receives a tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: The new travel-based music series MUSIC VOYAGER features host Jacob Edgar exploring thriving, exotic global music scenes to discover emerging talent. Edgar - an ethnomusicologist, cultural musician and music critic - travels all over the world to hear cutting-edge musicians and immerse himself in their cultures. In the series' first episode, Edgar ventures to Mumbai, Delhi to create a hit Bollywood song with vocalist Sona Mohapatra and meet Kailash Kher, one of India's most prolific performers, producers and musical stars. Kher also brings the members of his hit band Kalisa into the studio for a private, intimate performance with Edgar. Other episodes include journeys to Jamaica, New Orleans, New York and Chicago.

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  • Mumbai (#101)

    Edgar explores Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, with two pop music stars. [26 minutes]

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  • Rajasthan (#102)

    The birthplace of the Gypsies, music in Rajasthan is as colorful and soulful as its surroundings. [26 minutes]

  • Delhi (#103)

    Edgar ends up in India's capital city Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. [26 minutes]

  • Beyond Bob Marley (#104)

    Edgar visits St. Thomas, a small city east of Kingston, to meet some very popular reggae artists. [26 minutes]

  • Roots, Rock, Reggae (#105)

    The history of Jamaican music is explored, from its African roots to the 1970s reggae revolution. [26 minutes]

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  • Dancehall Marathon (#106)

    Experience the hard-edge sounds of dancehall at festivals and in studios with Chino and Beenie Man. [26 minutes]

  • Rocky Mountain Adventures (#107)

    Host Jacob Edgar meets banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and explores the lifestyle of the Denver area. [26 minutes]

  • From D.C. to Cajun Country (#108)

    India. Arie performs with west African singer Dobet Gnahore and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel. [26 minutes]

  • Los Angeles City of Stars (#109)

    Jacob Edgar meets producer to the stars Tricky Stewart and attends an exclusive Grammy party. [26 minutes]

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  • Lafayette: Sounds from the Bayou (#201)

    Experience the food, lifestyles and culture of Louisiana's epicenter of Cajun and Creole culture. [27 minutes]

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  • Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana (#202)

    Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd explores the city's rich musical history and jams with Buddy Flett. [27 minutes]

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  • New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm (#203)

    Experience classic jazz at Preservation Hall and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's club on Bourbon Street. [27 minutes]

  • Colombia Rocks! (#204)

    Head to Bogota, Colombia's capital, to explore the city's thriving rock and pop music scene. [27 minutes]

  • The Capital of Salsa (#205)

    Cali is the salsa capital of the world and the urban center of Columbia's Afro-Pacific culture. [27 minutes]

  • The New Medellin (#206)

    Tour a local hip-hop school and an inventive restaurant in Columbia's thriving city of Medellin. [27 minutes]

  • Colombia's Electro Tropical Beats (#207)

    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. [27 minutes]

  • Heartbeat of Vallenato (#208)

    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. [27 minutes]

  • Afro-Colombian Grooves (#209)

    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. [27 minutes]

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  • Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music (#301)

    Jacob Edgar explores Bristol, a city that proudly calls itself the birthplace of country music. [27 minutes]

  • Memphis: Memphis Mojo (#302)

    Bobby "Blue" Bland, 17-year-old guitarist Will Tucker and the annual "Elvis Week" are showcased. [27 minutes]

  • Tennessee Special - Round (#304)

    Singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark perform in Nashville. [27 minutes]

  • Israel: Voices from the Desert (#305)

    Showcases a concert of The Idan Raichel Project at the foot of the magnificent "Solomon's Pillars." [27 minutes]

  • Israel: Songs from the Holy Land (#306)

    The popular band Hadag Nahash performs at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem. [27 minutes]

  • Israel: Tel Aviv - Rocking Israel (#307)

    Jacob Edgar meets the revered singer-songwriter Ehud Banai and producer and remixer Kutiman. [27 minutes]

  • Istanbul Crossroads (#401)

    Jacob Edgar checks out some of the sights and sounds found in "The City of the World's Desire." [27 minutes]

  • Mystical Cappadocia (#402)

    Turkey's mystical side, trance-inducing whirling dervishes and trippy psychedelic rock are explored. [26 minutes]

  • Aegean Beats of Turkey (#403)

    Izmir, Turkey, the popular beach resort region, hosts music performances and top DJs each summer. [26 minutes]

  • Florida: The Other Hollywood (#404)

    Musical riches and thriving nightlife are explored in the coastal community of Hollywood, Florida. [27 minutes]

  • Tohoku: Japan Rising (#502)

    Jacob Edgar visits the region of Tohoku, an area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. [27 minutes]

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