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Israel: Songs from the Holy Land

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society. The band gives a stripped-down performance at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem, then invites Jacob for drinks and conversation at the lead singer's pub. He visits leading Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home on the outskirts of the city, where she performs songs in the Spanish-derived Ladino language. Leading singer-songwriter David Broza invites Jacob to visit a village devoted to peace between Arabs and Jews. Broza performs amidst the vines of his family winery then takes Jacob to an informal jam session with Palestinian musicians in East Jerusalem. He travels to the Galilee region of northern Israel for a visit to Tzfat, an epicenter of the mystical Kaballah and the world's largest klezmer music festival. Next, Jacob journeys to the ancient and scenic port of Akko, before meeting up with Israeli star Mosh Ben-Ari for an unplugged performance in the magnificent Roman Theater at Caesarea. Mosh takes Jacob to his home and farm where he learns of his love for the land and the importance of agriculture in the history and identity of Israelis.



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Delhi

Edgar's Indian journey concludes in India's capital city of 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 performed 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.

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Beyond Bob Marley

Ask the average person what they know about Jamaican music and the first thing they will think of is Bob Marley. While the legacy of Marley is alive and well, in this episode, Jacob Edgar visits with some of today's most popular reggae artists who are keeping roots reggae going strong. Edgar's travels to St. Thomas, a small city east of Kingston, to visit with Tarrus Riley, one of the hottest young reggae singers. After a walk through a local market, Tarrus takes Edgar down bumpy back roads for an unplugged performance next to the one-room shack by the sea that he lived in for seven years.

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Morocco: The Spirit - The South

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.

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The Bahamas: Raking and Scraping Across The Islands

This archipelago of beautiful tropical islands has long appealed to musical explorers in search of sonic treasures. In this episode, they travel to Cat Island in search of the roots of rake and scrape, the local music style Bahamians call their own. After a beach-side performance by traditionalists Bo Hog and the Rooters we head to Grand Bahama in search of Stileet, a new generation rake and scrape singer who is bringing urban attitude to the style. Then they explore the roots of spiritual music in The Bahamas with a fireside performance by multigenerational acapella group The Region Bells.

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The Bahamas: from the Islands to the World

In this episode of Music Voyager, they explore the impact of music from The Bahamas on popular music around the world. Musician Fred Ferguson gives a tour of downtown Nassau while describing the enduring impact of Bahamian folk music and icons such as Joseph Spence on the world's sound (Did you know, for example, that The Beach Boy's "Sloop John B" is a Bahamian folk song and that The Grateful Dead always ended their set with a song from The Bahamas?).

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Roots, Rock, Reggae

Jamaican reggae hit the world like a hammer in the 1970s, but where did reggae come from? How did this appealing, soulful sound develop, and where do the roots of this powerful tree extend? In this episode, Edgar explores the history of Jamaican music, from its African roots to the cusp of the reggae revolution. Edgar heads to the jungle for an entrancing kumina drumming session with the Akwaaba Drummers, that reveals the African underpinning of the island's music.

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Dancehall Marathon

The most popular music in Jamaica today is the hard-edged sounds of dancehall. In this episode, Edgar experiences the power of the movement first hand at the Reggae Sumfest and Fully Loaded festivals. Top stars Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and others tear up the stage as capacity crowds express their appreciation with homemade flamethrowers and explicit dance moves. Edgar visits legendary producer King Jammy at his studio for some insight into the early days of the dancehall sound.

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Atlanta - A Music Voyager Special

Through the intersecting worlds of five amazing artists, one experiences a city's creative soul. From music superstar Janelle Monae and alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development, to the creative culinary genius of the Gun Show restaurant and the colorful lantern parade, watch as they all come together in a creative collage to tell the story of Atlanta.

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Antigua and Barbuda

The beautiful Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda tell a story of hospitality and culture, with music and journalist Mirissa Neff as the guide. She follows the trail across the islands to find the heartbeat of the country through its rhythms, and along the way she sample some of the amazing cuisine, experiences the vibrant countryside and the stunning oceans all around. From the sounds of calypso to the carnival celebrations, the pulse of Antigua and Barbuda is calling.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures

This episode brings Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar to Denver, Colorado on his three-episode journey to learn more about this year's Grammy nominees, Road to a GRAMMY. Jacob meet with banjo virtuoso and multiple GRAMMY nominee Bela Fleck, then visits the workshop where the GRAMMY statuettes are lovingly hand-crafted. He follows Bela Fleck from a banjo master class to a concert at one of Denver's top venues. On the tour bus, Fleck divulges the fascinating story of his banjo obsession and his acclaimed film and album Throw Down Your Heart, which documents Flecks musical adventures in Africa.

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From D.C. to Cajun Country

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar continues his Road to a GRAMMY journey by meeting up with GRAMMY winner India. Arie in Washington D.C. Dobet Gnahore, a stunning singer from west Africa, who shares a GRAMMY nomination with India. Arie for their duet on the song "Pearls," joins India. Arie and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel for a very special global musical jam session. Then, Jacob travels 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.

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Funky Nassau

Along with the young creatives of Nassau, experience a side of the capital that has never been seen before. The 'Birds of Paradise' push the creative edge of the Caribbean islands to a new era of entertainment. With Mirissa Neff, learn that once one steps off the tourist grid in Nassau, the Bahamian people are more vibrant than the very oceans that surround these islands.

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The Exumas

The islands of Exuma are the picture perfect description of a Caribbean paradise. Stories, myths and legends fuse with everyday life across the 365 islands within the Exumas. With Mirissa Neff, as guide, one begins to understand that the treasure is scattered in the beauty of the Exumas-from the natural Blue Holes and the fresh conch salad to the roasted grouper and lobster and crabs. She follows the island legends to discover that the land and ocean blend perfectly into the story of the Exumas.

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Los Angeles City of Stars

Host Jacob Edgar ends his journey to learn more about this year's GRAMMY nominees in Los Angeles, where the annual awards ceremony takes place. This final episode of Music Voyager's Road to a GRAMMY takes place during the awards weekend, when the city lights up with celebrity parties, concerts and special events, and Jacob dives headlong into the madness. After a visit to the GRAMMY Museum, Jacob meets up with renowned producer and songwriter Tricky Stewart, who has worked with superstars such as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Rhianna, Katy Perry and many others.

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Lafayette: Sounds from the Bayou

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.

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Eleuthera

The longest islands of The Bahamas, steeped in history culture and beauty, from the famous visual Glass Window Bridge between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean to historic Spanish Wells and quaint Harbor Island. In this episode, travel the length of the island with Mirissa Neff and learn that while it seems like different worlds between Eleuthera, Harbor Islands and Spanish Wells, it's the people that collectively have one voice and are connected in the island's culture.

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Morocco: Gateway to Africa - The North

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.

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Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana

Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African-American sounds of the South, country music, Western swing, rockabilly that predated rock and roll, and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music.

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New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm

Nawlins...the Crescent City, where the local music and cuisine share a lot in common: both are spicy, fused with a multicultural mix of ingredients, and one taste only makes you hunger for more. Host Jacob Edgar arrives during the build-up to Mardi Gras. His musical journey moves from the classic jazz at Preservation Hall to the sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield at his club on Bourbon Street. Virtuoso Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews treats Edgar to a searing demonstration of his talents, followed by an intimate get-together with crooner Jeremy Davenport.

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Morocco: The Heart of Morocco - The Middle

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.

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