This music and travel TV series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. Host Jacob Edgar is an explorer who does not search for lost cities or ancient ruins. He's on the quest for a different kind of treasure music. As an ethnomusicologist and world music record producer, Edgar travels the globe hunting for the best songs the world has to offer, and he suffers through some of the worst so you don't have to. Along the way, he's rewarded with a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic and occasionally ghastly food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties the night away to amazing concerts at hidden venues that only the locals know.
Lafayette: Sounds from the Bayou (#201) Duration: 27:44 STEREO TVPG
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.
Rajasthan (#102) Duration: 26:30 STEREO TVPG
The Music Voyager 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 (#103) Duration: 26:30 STEREO TVPG
Edgar's Indian journey ends up in India's capital city 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 been performing 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.
Florida: The Other Hollywood (#404H) Duration: 27:03 STEREO TVPG
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.
Miami: The Magic City (#503H) Duration: 27:29 STEREO TVPG
Everyone recognizes Miami's neon glow, golden-sand beaches ad art deco hotels, but few truly know the vibrant multi-cultural communities that call this city home. Host Jacob Edgar explores the fiery sounds of Miami's electronic dance music scene, as well as its Latin and Haitian grooves, with Afrobeta, The Spam All Stars, T-Vice and Locos Por Juana. Jacob gets buzzed on Cuban coffee, tours the colorful mural district by bike and takes on the daunting Colombian hot dog, enjoying the spontaneous creativity and color that keeps the city pulsing day and night.