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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?).

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.

The Colombian city of Cali, known as the world capital of salsa, also serves as the urban center of the country's Afro-Pacific culture. Host Jacob Edgar discovers why Columbia adopted as its native style the upbeat tropical dance music of salsa. He meets Grupo Niche, one of the world's most famous salsa bands, for a performance at their private club Dulce con Dulce, and explores the famous Juanchito neighborhood where salsa clubs line the streets.

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.

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.

Despite its notoriety as the home of drug baron Pablo Escobar, Medellin is a modern, thriving city nestled in a scenic mountain valley. Host Jacob Edgar tours a local hip-hop school and community center in the Aranjuez neighborhood that provides a positive outlet for inner city youth. He also enjoys a virtuoso freestyle display by local hip-hop collective Crew Peligrosos, a private performance by reggaeton superstar J-Balvin in his luxurious penthouse apartment and a visit to El Cielo, one of Colombia's most inventive restaurants.

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