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Sundays, October 3, 10, 17, 31 at 11:30 p.m. Music Voyager

(Rochester, NY) – In his roles as researcher for Putumayo World Music and as president of the cutting-edge indie label Cumbancha, ethnomusicologoist, cultural historian and music critic Jacob Edgar has traveled to remote Caribbean villages, sultry Brazilian samba schools and other thriving local scenes to uncover the hottest trends in music. The groundbreaking public television series Music Voyager, premiering Sunday, October 3 at 11:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), follows Edgar on his journeys in search of new sounds and exceptional music talents.

Airing Sundays at 11:30 p.m. throughout October (except for October 24), Music Voyager provides a snapshot of the current world music landscape, the rich history and surroundings that inspire new sounds, and deep insight into the soul of exotic lands. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar samples local cuisine, visits off-the-beaten-path attractions and parties the night away in hidden hotspots. Along the way, he receives an ear-opening journey through trendy nightclubs, international festivals, recording studio jam sessions and rollicking rehearsal rooms. October's episodes include:

Mumbai – Sunday, October 3 at 11:30 p.m.
Host Jacob Edgar visits Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, where he meets two of Indian pop music's biggest stars, Kailash Kher and Sona Mohapatra. Along the way, Edgar learns the secrets of Bollywood, explores ancient Buddhist caves, eats some death-defying street food and tries his hand at cricket. With live performances and insightful conversation, Kailash Kher and Sona reveal what lies at the soul of their sound, while giving Edgar an eye-opening tour of the city and its surroundings.

Rajasthan – Sunday, October 10 at 11:30 p.m.
HostJacob Edgar travels to Rajasthan, the desert state in northwestern India with an influential cultural legacy. Known as the birthplace of the Gypsies, Rajasthani music is as colorful and soulful as its surroundings. Edgar embarks on a hair-raising drive along India’s dangerous back roads, before arriving at the ancient city of Jaipur. He is treated to a concert by Gypsy band, Musafir and a blazing performance by the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band in front of the magnificent Amber Fort. From there, Edgar moves on to the blue city of Jodhpur for a visit with the Maharaja in an enchanting voyage of musical discovery.

Delhi – Sunday, October 17 at 11:30 p.m.
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. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India’s hippest nightclubs.

Beyond Bob Marley – Sunday, October 31 at 11:30 p.m.
While the legacy of Bob Marley is alive and well, host Jacob Edgar visits with some of today’s most popular reggae artists responsible for keeping roots reggae going strong. Edgar 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, Riley takes Edgar down bumpy back roads for an unplugged performance. Later, Edgar catches Riley’s star-studded record-release party and his show at Jamaica’s biggest music festival, Sumfest. Then, Edgar journeys to the hills outside of Kingston to meet reggae star Richie Spice and discuss the social role of reggae, what Rastafarianism means and the joys of raising rabbits. The episode ends with a visit with Etana, a popular young Jamaican singer who blends reggae with neo-soul. Edgar and Etana discuss the struggles of women to make their voices heard in the Jamaican music industry, and Etana and her band treat perform a stunning acoustic set on the picturesque Goldeneye beach.


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