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.
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.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 11:33pm
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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.
Colombia Rocks! (#204) Duration: 27:44 STEREO TVPG
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."
Colombia's Electro Tropical Beats (#207) Duration: 27:30 STEREO TVPG
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 Bogot? restaurant that doubles as a Colombian music museum.