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 1

The musical wanderer has stalked the origins of the sounds across the globe. Now it’s time to complete the circle and return into the magical, mystical and most of all mythical American tour bus and hit the road in the U.S. of A.

  • 2017-05-28T14:00:00-07:00
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Ethiopia

Sami hunts down the original sound all the way to the horn of Africa! Ethiopia is the musical treasure trove that will surprise even the most jaded explorer. With thousands of other pilgrims, Sami also attends the world’s oldest Christmas mass.

  • 2017-05-31T21:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2017-06-04T14:00:00-07:00
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Jamaica

"Sound Tracker" is a travel program where music is the destination. In Jamaica, host Sami Yaffa finds that the doors to the most interesting cultural scenes open on a street level.

  • 2017-06-07T21:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2017-06-11T14:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2017-06-18T14:00:00-07:00
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New York

Musician Sami Yaffa has seen all facets of life as a performing artist—he has toured the world in successful rock bands and earned a living as a street busker. In this episode of "Sound Tracker," he visits his hometown, the capital of the world—New York City!

  • 2017-06-21T21:00:00-07:00
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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!

  • 2017-06-25T14:00:00-07:00
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