Sound Tracker – Explore The World In Music


A Documentary Series with Sami Yaffa
A production of Gimmeyawallet Productions and yle. In association with Monarda Arts and Arthaus Musik


“I’m Sami Yaffa and I am a rock’n’rollin’ Globetrotter with an endless curiosity about all things musical. This is my exploration into why music is so important to us all. This is Sound Tracker.”
These are the first words of the successful Finnish TV Series “Sound Tracker”.

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Sami Yaffa is an accomplished musician who 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. Sound Tracker is his expedition to the world of music. Starting in the USA, heading towards Argentina, Turkey, Serbia, India, Indonesia, and many more, Sami gets to know the traditional music by playing with the people around and getting involved in their cultures. The variety of music is endlessly, it’s everywhere and it bounds us together as a basic part of our everyday life.

Production

Director: Otso Tiainen
Host: Sami Yaffa
Screenwriters: Antti Pesonen, Otso Tiainen, Sami Yaffa
Original Music: Sami Yaffa
Producer YLE: Markku Mastomäki
Commissioner YLE: Arttu Nurmi

 


 

New York, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

The odyssey begins from his hometown, the capital of the world – NYC!

Featuring Kareem Bunton (The Juggs), Chris Faust (Hip Hop-artist), Micky Brown (The Threads), Roy Hargrove (Trumpeter) and David Johansen (Singer, Songwriter)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 39 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Indonesia - Java, Bali, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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, postapocalyptic scooter tuners and a heavy metal president! 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.

Featuring Daniel Mardhany (DeadSquad singer), Stevie Item (DeadSquad guitarist), Sayiba Von Mencekam (Kelelawar Malam), Jhonny Iskandar (PMR), Woody (PMR), Bontot (Extreme vespa enthusiast), Willy (Extreme vespa enthusiast), Aprilia Apsari (White Shoes and the Couples Company singer), Ricky Surya Virgana (White Shoes and the Couples Company bassist), Man (Karinding Attack)
And Ismet Ruchimat (SambaSunda), Krisna Widiathama (Jogja noise bombing), Martin Indra Hermawan (Jogja noise bombing), Anom Baris (Kecak guru)

Production Coordinator Java: Ajeng Nurul Aini
Production Coordinator Bali: Ari „Wekku“ Sääski
Producer: Nanna Tulikoura
Executive Producer: Elise Pietarila, Jari Lähteinen, Tunna Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen, Ari „Wekku“ Sääski
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 2 x 48 Min
Year of production: 2015

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Argentina, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

Where exactly is the birthplace of tango? In order to solve this eternal quarrel between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Sami follows in the footsteps of the legendary tango artists Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola.

Featuring Frederico ”Dinamita” Pereda (Guitar hero), Nelson Pinà (Tango singer), Oscar Nelson (Tango singer), Gustavo (Sinfonía de Ansina), Ignacio ”Nacho” Suárez (Tango historian), Mariano Antonio (Tattoo artist), Melina Brufman (Tanguera), Eduardo ”el nene” masci (Tanguero), Rodrigo Gardenas (Actor), Walter Chino Laborde (Orquesta tipica Fernandez Fierro), Alexey Musatov (Orquesta tipica Fernandez Fierro), Ernesto Baffa (Bandoneón legend), Ruth de Vigenzo (Teacher, musician)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 52 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Spain, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

Sami Yaffa, the musical nomad heads for the hills of Andalusia to immerse himself in the art form of anarchists, outcasts and rebels against society – flamenco. He also meets the guru of the genre holds fort in goat shed and witnesses all facets of flamenco from the dancing to making of instruments to playing the music.

Featuring Antonio Heredia (Guitarist), Ricardo Pachon (Producer guru), Juanmi Guzmàn (Tempo Sur), Andres Dominiquez (Guitar maker), Juan Del Gastor (Guitarist), Diego Amador (Pianist), Rosario Toledo (Bailaora), Juan Pinillan (Singer, author), Ana Carrasco (Poet), El Cabrero (Legend), Chiqui Cienfuegos (Pianist), Nacho Megina (Drummer), Marco Aguilar (Guitarist)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 51 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Serbia, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

In Belgrade Sami meets some serious brass who are not afraid to blow their own horn. Dragan Risti of the legendary band Kal introduces the nomad to the thousand-year-old musical tradition of the Romani people. Will the heritage continue in the future?

Featuring Sky Wikluh (Serbian Rapper), Marija Balubdzic, Asmet Ibraimovic & Danijel Rasitovic (GRUBB), Nele Karaljic (Musician, actor), Dragan Ristic (KAL), Ljupka Stevic (Turbofolk star), Marjan Krstic Brass Band, Djordje Djordjevic (Eddie van halen of the accordion)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 49 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Brazil, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

Brazil is mostly known for samba and bossa nova, but the musical heritage of the world’s fifth largest country is much more varied than that. Sami travels to Recife, where the myriad musical influences meet the traditions of the past and the attitudes of the future.

Featuring Neilton (Devotos), Karina Buhr (Singer), Spok (Frevo master), Fred 04, Mundo Livre s/a, Andre LL Conserva (Guitarist), Guitinho Da Xambá (Grupo Bongar), Walmir Silva (Forró envoy), Maureliano (Drum maker), Siba (Musician), Isaar Franca (Singer), Juvenil Silva (Singer, songwriter), Aninha Martins (Singer)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 50 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Senegal, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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.

Featuring Maxi Krezy (Mr. Hip Hop), Moctar (Bideew Bou Bess), Baïdy (Bideew Bou Bess), Ibrahim (Bideew Bou Bess), Papa Amadou Fall (Pape et Cheikh), Cheikhou Coulibaly (Pape et Cheikh), Mohamadoy Koyate (Griot), Baaba Maal (Legend), Djiby (Assiko Banda Goree)

Bonus Track Saragnima | Musiker: Mariama Kouyate

Production Coordinator Senegal: Amadou Faye
Producer: Nanna Tulikoura
Executive Producer: Elise Pietarila, Jari Lähteinen, Tunna Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 49 Min
Year of production: 2015

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Ethiopia, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

Sami hunts down the original sound all the way to the horn of Africa! Arid and the beautiful land of opposites. 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.

Featuring Thomas Gobena (Gogol Bordello), Teddy Dunn (Reggae artist), Alemayehu Eshete (National treasure), Michael Hailu (Jano Band), Alemu Aga (Begena master)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 50 Min
Year of production: 2014

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Jamaica, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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.

Featuring Albert Minott (The Jolly Boys), Derric ”Johnny” Henry (The Jolly Boys), Mystic Davis (Singer, Dancer), Mitchie Williams (Vinyl dealer), Earl “Chinna” Smith (Legend), Jah9 (Singer-songwriter), Kabaka Pyramid (Singer-songwriter), Assasin aka Agent Sasco (Dancehall star), J.Capri (Dancehall diva) and Abel Lareston (Ras Buru) (Rastaman)

Bonus Track Warrior | Musiker: Kabaka Pyramid

Production Coordinator Jamaica: Carleene Samuels
Producer: Nanna Tulikoura
Executive Producer: Elise Pietarila, Jari Lähteinen, Tunna Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 47 Min
Year of production: 2015

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India, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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.

Featuring Dj Willy (Disc jockey), Longinus Fernandez (Choreographer), Shamir Tandon (Composer), Harsha (Hijra), Madhuri (Hijra), Urmi Jadhav (Hijra), Narender Solanki (Drummer), Zakir Ali Qawwal (Qawwali 1), Zaki Ali Qawwal (Qawwali 2), Taga Ram Bheel (Flutist), Banwari Sapera (Snake charmer)

Bonus Track Improvisation | Aufgeführt von der Solanki Family

Production Coordinator Indien: Tan Singh
Producer: Nanna Tulikoura
Executive Producer: Elise Pietarila, Jari Lähteinen, Tunna Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 49 Min
Year of production: 2015

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Turkey - Türkei, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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!

Featuring Asil Slang (Tahribad-ı syan), Zen-G (Tahribad-ı syan), V.Z. (Tahribad-ı syan), Hasan Çıkar (Dede), Diler Özer (Karde Türküler), Vedat Yıldırım (Karde Türküler), Didem Kinali (Dancer), Murat Ertel (Baba Zula), Levent Akman (Baba Zula), Tayyar Erdem (Mucisian), Ahmed Muhsin Tüzer (Rockin Imam)

Bonus Track Songtitel unbekannt | Musiker: Taksim Trio

Production Coordinator Türkei: Serdar Ilhan
Producer: Nanna Tulikoura
Executive Producer: Elise Pietarila, Jari Lähteinen, Tunna Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 49 Min
Year of production: 2015

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USA Road Trip, Sound Tracker, Sami Yaffa, Monarda Arts

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. The circle is completed in the final episode of the season. 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.

Featuring Kiko Rodrigues (Musician), Amalia Garcia (Mariachi queen), Pancho Mendoza (Fixed idea), Dale Watson (Singer, guitarist), Alejandro Escovedo (Alt-country king), Ivan Neville (Funk Maestro), Herbert McCarver IV (Young pinstripe brass band), Meschiya Lake (Singer), Trixie Minx (Burlesque artist)
And RL Boyce, Pastor John Wilkins (Hunter’s chapel), Travis Hullette (Blues torchbearer), Waseka (Choctaw tradition torchbearer), Cochese Anderson (Actor, musician), Cheetah Chrome (Punk legend), Billy Block (Radio-DJ, drummer), Page Logan (North 40), Heather Looney (North 40), Kirstie Lovelady (Singer-songwriter), George Hamilton IV (Envoy of country music), Dom Flemons (Singer-songwriter)

Production Coordinators: Phuong Chu Suominen, Elise Pietarila
Producer: Jari Lähteinen
Executive Producer: Jari Lähteinen, Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala
Cameras: Juge Heikkilä, Otso Tiainen
Sound: Svante Colerus, Jukka Uitto
Editor: Jussi Heikkinen, Otso Tiainen

Language: English, Finnish
Subtitles: German, French
Running Time: 2 x 49 Min
Year of production: 2014

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