Your Backstage Pass to the World's Music
In this first segment of this ongoing series, our host Jacob Edgar travels to India, a country of extremes, where ancient history and tradition are colliding head on with the modern world.
MUSIC VOYAGER visits Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, where he meets Kailash Kher and Sona, two of the country's biggest stars.
MUSIC VOYAGER travels to Rajasthan, where the music is as colorful and soulful as it's surroundings, treated to a performance by Gypsy band Musafir, and a blazing performance by Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.
MUSIC VOYAGER explores Delhi's vibrant and inventive underground rock, pop and electronica scene, connecting with Rabbi Shergill, Indian Ocean, East India Company , and ending up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.
Music Voyager travels to Jamaica, one of the world's greatest music destinations. Our host, Jacob Edgar, goes beyond the tourist resorts and beaches to explore the past, present and future of Jamaica's vibrant music.
BEYOND BOB MARLEY
MUSIC VOYAGER visits with some of today's most popular reggae artists. Jacob travels to St. Thomas for an intimate unplugged performance with Tarrus Riley, journeys to the hills outside Kingston for a tour of reggae star Richie Spice's family farm and is treated to an acoustic set on beautiful Goldeneye beach by Etana.
ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE
MUSIC VOYAGER joins a drumming session with the Akwaaba Drummers, journeys to the town of Negril to meet Gilzene and the Blue Light Mento Band, heads back to Kingston for a studio session with guitar legend Ernest Ranglin and Sly Dunbar and ends with an intimate concert with musical icon Marcia Griffiths, a veteran of Bob Marley's band.
MUSIC VOYAGER experiences the powerful dancehall scene first hand at the massive Reggae Sumfest festival. Jacob visits legendary producer King Jammy, gets a lesson on how to be a Jamaican DJ, tries out the latest dance moves, and meets two young dancehall talents, Chino and Steven MacGregor.
ROAD TO A GRAMMY®
MUSIC VOYAGER travels to one of the most exotic locations of all — Los Angeles — for the ROAD TO A GRAMMY special. Building up to the star-studded awards ceremony, Jacob journeys across the U.S. and beyond to visit nominees for the 52nd GRAMMY Awards, and invites them to give viewers an exclusive look at their personal background and inspirations.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES
Music Voyager kicks off the Road To A Grammy special with Béla Fleck in Denver, Colorado. We joined Béla's banjo instruction at Swallow Hill and his amazing Paramount Theater performance. Bela was nominated for and won both; Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Throw Down Your Heart" (single) and Best Contemporary World Music Album for Throw Down Your Heart (album).
FROM D.C. TO CAJUN COUNTRY
Road to a GRAMMY© journey by meeting up with GRAMMY© winner India.Arie in Washington D.C. Dobet Gnahoré, a stunning singer from west Africa, who shares a GRAMMY© nomination with India.Arie for their duet on the song "Pearls", is invited to join India Arie and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel for a very special global musical jam session. Then, off 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.
LOS ANGELES - CITY OF STARS
Music Voyager hangs out with the acclaimed producer at his pre-GRAMMY bash and through GRAMMY weekend in Los Angeles. Tricky was nominated for his work on Beyonce's "Single Ladies" and ended up winning Song of the Year and Best R&B Song of the Year, while also being nominated for Album of the Year.
Music Voyager travels to Louisiana, one of America's most musical states, for an exciting visit through Creole & Cajun country, the music history-rich city of Shreveport and the madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
LAFAYETTE: SOUNDS FROM THE BAYOU
MUSIC VOYAGER visits Lafayette, the epicenter of Cajun and Creole culture, where the infectious rhythms of zydeco and Cajun music echo proudly across the bayou. Roddie Romero performs at the picturesque Dockside Studios, Creole music star Terrence Simien takes us on a trail ride by horseback, The Lost Bayou Ramblers jam on the banks of the Vermillion River, and songwriter David Egan and singer Marc Broussard treat us to a moving duet.
SHREVEPORT: ROAD THROUGH NORTHERN LOUISIANA
MUSIC VOYAGER travels to Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history. Rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd is our host, and takes us to Leadbelly's grave for a jam with local icon Buddy Flett. Maggie Warwick performs on the stage where Elvis became a star, Music Voyager sits down with guitar legend James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks, and we party to the grumble boogie grooves of the band Dirtfoot.
NEW ORLEANS: THE PERFECT MUSICAL STORM
MUSIC VOYAGER arrives in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, when people forget all of their worries and join together in crazy celebration. We explore the classic jazz at Preservation Hall, the inspiring sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews treats us to a searing demonstration of his talents. We meet crooner Jeremy Davenport, catch a funky jam with Cyril Neville and Galactic at the famed Tipitina's, then join local legend Kermit Ruffins at his annual Mardi Gras morning barbeque party.
COLOMBIA, PART I
MUSIC VOYAGER travels to Colombia, a country that has shaken off the troubles of the past and is thriving with renewed energy and optimism. Home to cosmopolitan urban centers, sparkling Caribbean beaches, stunning landscapes and beautifully preserved Spanish colonial architecture, Colombia also happens to be a global hot spot for music.
MUSIC VOYAGER heads to Bogota, Colombia's capital and biggest metropolis, to explore the city's thriving rock and pop music scene. We are treated to intimate. unplugged performance by Aterciopelados, Superlitio and Fonseca, one of Colombia's biggest pop stars, who brings us to Monserrate, a cathedral high in the mountains overlooking Bogotá.
THE CAPITAL OF SALSA
The Colombian city of Cali is known as the world capital of salsa, and its also the urban center of the country's Afro-Pacific culture. We meet up with salsa legends Grupo Niche, electronic duet No DJs, La-33, the hippest salsa band in Colombia, Grupo Bahia and Herencia de Timbiquí demonstrate their funky grooves in the streets of the old city.
THE NEW MEDELLIN
MUSIC VOYAGER discovers that the Medellín of today is a modern, thriving city. We are enjoy a virtuoso freestyle display by local hip-hop collective Crew Peligrosos. Reggaeton superstar J. Balvin gives a private performance of one of his hit songs and we visit El Cielo, one of Colombia's best and most inventive restaurants. Finally, we hear Puerto Candelaria, a quirky band that brings creative jazz arrangements to retro Colombian cumbia.
COLOMBIA, PART II
Drawing on a wealth of traditional music styles, as well as international, rock, hip hop, salsa, reggaeton and more, young Colombian musicians are creating exciting new fusions that bridge the past and the future. On the second part of our journey through Colombia, Music Voyager explores the roots and the branches of Colombia's vast and fertile musical family tree.
COLOMBIA'S ELECTRO TROPICAL BEATS
One of the latest and most exciting trends in Colombian music is the fusion of traditional rhythms and melodies with electronic beats and modern influences. The Music Voyager team explores this cutting-edge Bogotá scene starting with electrifying live performances by La Mojarra Eléctrica, Sidestepper, Systema Solar and Bomba Estéreo.
HEARTBEAT OF VALLENATO
MUSIC VOYAGER visits Valledupar, the cradle of vallenato, a rustic, folksy and distinctly Colombian music style. Next, Music Voyager travels to a small coastal village to meet with a former paramilitary soldier turned vallenato singer, who serenades us in a fishing boat in the picturesque harbor. Finally we end up in the port city of Barranquilla, where steamy, tropical Afro-Colombian beats dominate the music scene for performances by Erika Muñoz and salsa legend Joe Arroyo.
From Cartagena's gorgeous old city to the rough and tumble streets and beaches of La Boquilla, Music Voyager experiences the beauty, rhythms and culture of this colorful city. Cumbia legend Totó la Momposina dances with local children on the beach, champeta star Louis Towers performs in the bustling Basurto market, and producer Lucas Silva gives us a tour of Cartagena's famous nightlife. Charles King takes us to check out the popular and extremely loud Rey de Rocha sound system.
MUSIC VOYAGER travels along the Music Highway of Tennessee, one of America's most musical states. We begin our journey in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, passing through Bristol, Knoxville and Chattanooga, to uncover the roots of country music. We explore the vibrant blues, rock and roll and soul music of Memphis and end up in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry and a diverse and thriving music scene.
CRADLE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
MUSIC VOYAGER travels through Eastern Tennessee. Jacob visit's the last surviving participant of the legendary Bristol Sessions, enjoys a street jam from Megan Jean & the KFB, and drives a race car on the Bristol Motor Speedway. In Knoxville he meets singer-songwriters Scott Miller & R.B. Morris at the legendary Blue Plate Special radio show, then ends up in Chattanooga for a old time music hoe-down with the New Binkley Brothers and dulcimer virtuoso Dan Landrum.
Music Voyager explores the diverse Memphis music scene, from the blues of Will Tucker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Brandon Bailey, to earthy rock of the North Mississippi All Stars and the Bluff City Backsliders, the soul of the Bo-Keys, the gospel of the Spirit of Memphis gospel ensemble, the hip-hop of Freesol and the singer-songwriter Amy Lavere. We also pay a visit to Elvis's old haunts, Sun Studio and Graceland, ending up at the annual candlelight vigil in his memory.
NASHVILLE: MUSIC CITY
Nashville is known as "Music City" and this episode of Music Voyager reveals why. Famous as the capital of country music, Nashville is also home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters, rock and pop bands. We meet up withVince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry, tour Gruhn Guitars with Alison Brown, explore East Nashville with Elizabeth Cook, visit the home of Jamie Johnson from the Grascals and meet Gabe Dixon, Those Darlins, Casey Wasner and lots of other local talent.
TENNESSEE SPECIAL - ROUND
Some of most prolific and successful songwriters live in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Music Voyager invites four of the very best to trade songs in a "round" for an intimate and rare performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Revered singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark are featured in this first-ever Music Voyager special.
MUSIC VOYAGER takes a pilgrimage to Israel, an epicenter of human history and religion. We travel from the Negev Desert and the Red Sea in the south to the fertile landscape of the north. Joined by some of the country's biggest musical stars we explore the ancient cobblestone streets of Jerusalem and Jaffa as well as the hip nightclubs and cutting-edge sounds of the contemporary Israeli music. Its a magical musical journey through time.
VOICES FROM THE DESERT
Music Voyager 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. Our guide is Idan Raichel, an internationally renowned star of the Israeli music scene, who takes us to Jersualem and the Dead Sea. We also meet Yemen Blues, Cabra Casey and Cape Verdean diva Mayra Andrade.
TEL AVIV - ROCKING ISRAEL
Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city, is a vibrant and striking blend of old and new. Music Voyager meets Ehud Banai, a revered singer-songwriter, Karolina, a hip and popular singer with an outstanding head of hair and a voice to match and producer and remixer Kutiman, who reveals the secrets of his famous YouTube mashups. We also connect with Israeli-Arab singer Mira Awad in the streets of Jaffa's old city and discover the country's best hummus and nightlife with the surf-rock band Boom Pam.
SONGS FROM THE HOLY LAND
Music Voyager travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Hip-hop group Hadag Nahash performs in a street market, we visit Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home, and singer-songwriter David Broza takes on a tour of his family winery. From there we head to Tzfat for a lesson on klemzer music, ending up at the Roman Amphitheater in Ceasarea for a performance by Mosh Ben-Ari.