"This excellently informative documentary of the history, music, and religion of the Sidis is the latest in a series of valuable educational videos by the noted ethnomusicological team Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy and
Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy."
For the complete review at the AEMS website click here for the Spring/Summer 2004 newsletter (link to PDF file).
“It is beautiful.I felt like I was there.”
“This ethnographic video presents groundbreaking information about the music and dance of the Sidis, a heretofore virtually unresearched community ... Throughout this project, Catlin and Jairazbhoy not only make a scholarly contribution to our knowledge of but also advocate for the Sidis ... The video presents the information clearly, for the most part, through competent yet imaginative sequences. It unquestionably succeeds in imparting to the viewer a sense of exhilaration communicated by the performances and the upbeat tone of the project ... the video is most commendable and eminently watchable.”
Article on the BBC Website "The lost Africans of India"
FROM AFRICA TO INDIA
Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora
Sidis descend from Africans who sailed across the Indian Ocean to the west coast of India over many centuries. This documentary project explores the expressions of their Indian and African cultural heritage.