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.
Morocco: The Spirit - The South (#708H) Duration: 26:27 STEREO TVPG
Friends Nouamane Lahlou, Hassan Hakmoun and Laurent LeGall travel across the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh, one of the most exotic cities in the world. This is where artists and poets, painters and creatives sought their inspiration. Hassan was born and raised here, and this is the city where at the age of five years old he learned how to play Gnawa music. Hassan takes his friends to the house where he grew up, the bakery that he worked in, and the instrument maker that makes his sintir from scratch. The market is bustling with exotic foods, clothes, colors and entertainment. From Marrakesh the friends head to Essaouira, the old city of Mogador by the sea, where the blend of Arabic, Hebrew, and French languages can be heard floating through the seaside resort, home of the International Gnawa Festival. Hassan invites the original Gnawa group to perform on the old fort overlooking the ocean. From Essaouira, the three of them head to the southern desert of the Moroccan Sahara, the home of the Sahrawi people. There, they invite one of the foremost popular artists Fnaire to join them. Their journey brings them to Agadir, a major city in central coastal Morocco, and the home of the Timitar Music Festival. Venturing further into the Western Sahara as guests of Hassan Hakmoun, Fnaire and Nass El Ghiwane, the team travels by road to Dakhla. Through the artist ambassadors, they seek to understand Gadra music, its origins, how it is being preserved, and the modern interpretations of this style of music.
Morocco: Gateway to Africa - The North (#706H) Duration: 25:57 STEREO TVPG
Three friends-Nouamane Lahlou, a rock star and producer of Morocco; Hassan Hakmoun, a master Gnawa musician and Laurent Le Gall, a film director and producer, meet in Casablanca to travel the length of Morocco in search of experiencing it first-hand. Starting in the metropolis of Casablanca the team travels north to Tangier, which is located at the tip of Africa and across from Spain. The music of the Amazir people draws them to the painted city of Chefchaouen, the jewel of the Rif Mountains.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 -- 9:30pm Remind me
Morocco: The Heart of Morocco - The Middle (#707H) Duration: 26:31 STEREO TVPG
The three friends, Nouamane Lahlou, Hassan Hakmoun and Laurent LeGall, begin their voyage in the western foothills of the southern Middle Atlas (Moyen Atlas) mountains and travel to Fes. The amazing old capital of Morocco lives in two worlds, the new modern Fes and medina (old town). From the ancient city-the medina in Fes-the friends learn that the history and music intertwine to bring out the richness and diversity of the culture. From Fes, the friends head to Khenifra and then on to Merzouga in the Sahara desert. Similar to the changes in topography, so do the people, the culture and the music change. Over the dunes the friends ride ATVs and jam under the amazing night sky by a desert fire. Nouamane, Hassan and Laurent then travel to the city of old-word charm and elegance, Marrakesh. The artist ambassador is the legendary Gnawa artists, Hassan Hakmoun and Fnaire. They show the different sides of this magical city and how it inspires them. The journey ends in the coastal city of Essaouira, where Hassan has asked other famous Moroccan music artists to participate in a traditional Gnawa ceremony.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 -- 9:30pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 -- 2:30pm Remind me