Rock star and music aficionado Sami Yaffa travels the world and explores the musical treasures of our beautiful blue planet.
Sami finds his way to the far corners of the world and finds the rhythm and the melody of life, meets the musicians and the people who create it, live it and love it. Music is food for the soul, an essential and important part of our everyday life, without music, our time here on the planet would be dull and unimaginable.
It’s a universal language that unites us all, cuts thru the color barriers, religions and social standings. Music is for everyone, it makes us one.
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Broadcasted in Finland, Yle Teema 2014, 2015, 2018. This award-winning documentary series has shown in almost 50 countries.
2014: Finnish Emmy: Best Music Television Content
2015: Finnish Emmy: Best Factual Television Content
2017: German Record Critics’ Award
2014: Finnish Emmy: Best Director of the Year – Otso Tiainen
2016: Banff 2016 Rockie Awards: Best programme in Arts and Performance category
Host: Sami Yaffa | Director: Otso Tiainen | Screenwriters: Antti Pesonen, Otso Tiainen & Sami Yaffa | Dop: Juge Heikkilä | Sound recordist and music mixing: Svante Colerus | Editor: Jussi Heikkinen | Sound: Karo Broman/ Silencio | Grading: Pasi Mäkelä/ James Post | Producer: Nanna Tulikoura | Executive Producers: Jari Lähteinen, Riku Rantala, Tunna Milonoff & Elise Pietarila | Production Company: Gimmeyawallet Productions
Jamaica: Sami Yaffa – Sound Tracker is a travel program where music is the destination. The second expedition starts in Jamaica, where Sami once again finds that the doors to the most interesting cultural scenes open on a street level.
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Senegal. Sami Yaffa is a nomad, a rock star and a musician – in other words, the perfect guide to global sounds, vibes and culture. In this episode Sound Tracker travels to Senegal to learn how this cradle of music has influenced western pop music, among others.
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Turkey: Sami Yaffa travels to the land between the east and the west to study the relation between religion and mystique, and music and to find the answer to the question “Does rock and roll belong to Islam?” Warning! This episode contains belly dancing and protest songs!
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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.
WATCH INDIA EPISODE HERE: areena.yle.fi/1-2678859
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!
WATCH INDONESIA PART 1: areena.yle.fi/1-2678861
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.
WATCH INDONESIA PART 2: areena.yle.fi/1-2678862