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.
Music Voyager "Beyong Bob Marley" airs Sunday, October 31 at 11:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).
The music-based travel series MUSIC VOYAGER invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. In each episode, ethnomusicologist and world music record producer Jacob Edgar embarks on a quest to find the world’s best songs. Along the way, he receives a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties at hidden venues only the locals know. The final three episodes follow Grammy-nominated artists as Edgar uncovers why their music resonates in the U.S. today. His unexpected adventures and surprising discoveries unveil the magic, mystery and music of far-off lands. Destinations include: India, Jamaica and various locations across the United States.