Sami Yaffa

The world-touring rock star and musician Sami Yaffa explores the music of our little blue planet floating in space. Sami will travel to locations where rhythm and melody are essential to the cultures and meet people whose identities are inseparable from music. He will document sceneries and soundscapes, smells and flavors, and habits and emotions all while meeting people who are given purpose by music - just like he is - although with very different backgrounds. Music is the only universal language — the richness and humanity of it all.

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USA Road Trip, Part 2

The magical greyhound runs through deep south and wild borderlands of Mexico and U.S. as Sami bites hard into the bones and marrow of the American roots music.

  • 2017-03-29T21:00:03-07:00
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Spain

Sami Yaffa, the musical nomad heads for the hills of Andalusia to immerse himself in the art form of anarchists, outcasts and rebels against society - flamenco. He also meets the guru of the genre holds fort in goat shed and witnesses all facets of flamenco from the dancing to making of instruments to playing the music.

  • 2017-04-02T14:00:00-07:00
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Senegal

In this episode Sound Tracker travels to Senegal to learn how this cradle of music has influenced western pop music, among others.

  • 2017-04-05T21:00:00-07:00
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Argentina

Where exactly is the birthplace of tango? In order to solve this eternal quarrel between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Sami follows in the footsteps of the legendary tango artists Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola.

  • 2017-04-09T14:00:00-07:00
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India

The rhythm knows no borders, and you don't need a backstage pass to the world of sound. After three decades since his last visit with his band Hanoi Rocks, Sami Yaffa returns to the musically multicultural cornucopia of India.

  • 2017-04-12T21:00:00-07:00
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Brazil

Brazil is mostly known for samba and bossa nova, but the musical heritage of the world’s fifth largest country is much more varied than that. Sami travels to Recife, where the myriad musical influences meet the traditions of the past and the attitudes of the future.

  • 2017-04-16T14:00:00-07:00
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Indonesia, Java

Sami Yaffa hops through the republic of thousands of islands, drinking in the musical cornucopia of Indonesia from the metropolis of Jakarta to the bamboo jungles of Bandung. With a side order of moonshine, post-apocalyptic scooter tuners and a heavy metal president!

  • 2017-04-19T21:00:00-07:00
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Serbia

In Belgrade, Sami Yaffa meets some serious brass who are not afraid to blow their own horn. Dragan Ristić of the legendary band Kal introduces the nomad to the thousand-year-old musical tradition of the Romani people. Will the heritage continue in the future?

  • 2017-04-23T14:00:00-07:00
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Indonesia, Bali

Sami’s voyage to Indonesia continues! In Java, he experiences the ethnic fusion music of SambaSunda, whereas in Bali he takes part in the traditional ceremony of Gamelan. Also in this episode, the secrets of transcendental monkey dance are revealed.

  • 2017-04-26T21:00:00-07:00
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