Anaa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

May 08, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Today was the first time National Geographic Orion visited the Anaa atoll, and it turned out to be quite a special place. We had half a day there, most of which was spent as visitors in the main village, which has a population of about 400 people. Everyone we met greeted us with a smile and a warm welcome. We enjoyed music, a demonstration of local competitive sports, fresh coconut water, bike rides, and a dip in a picture-perfect lagoon. Mostly, we cherished the opportunities to interact with adorable local children and make fast friends with members of the community. Based on our wonderful time there, this will surely not be the last time National Geographic Orion visits this lovely little island paradise.

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Jacob Edgar

Cultural Specialist

Jacob Edgar is an Ethnomusicologist, world music tastemaker and global explorer with an insatiable curiosity for the diverse ways in which people express themselves through music. Jacob’s adventures have taken him to dozens of countries, and hundreds of the world’s greatest international music festivals, showcases and performance venues in search of exceptional musical talents. Since 1998, Jacob has been the main music researcher for the acclaimed world music compilations label Putumayo World Music, contributing songs and liner notes to over 300 Putumayo collections that combined have sold over 15 million copies. In 2006, Jacob founded the record label Cumbancha, whose artists include some of the top names in international music. In 2009, Jacob embarked on a new adventure as host of a new music and travel television program Music Voyager. The series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet and broadcasts on PBS and other stations around the world. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, where he was a double major in History and Latin American Studies, Jacob conducted field research on music and society in Central America. His love of music took him to the West Coast where Jacob was awarded the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 with a Masters in Ethnomusicology.

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