Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Sidi Goma: Live in India!

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Sidi Goma: Live in India!

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Sidi Goma: Live in India! 2006. Remembered Rhythms CD Series. Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies [no number]. Annotated by Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy. 14 pp. of notes in English. 4 colour photographs, 3 illustrations. 9-item bibliography, 2-item discography, 2-item filmography. 1 compact disc, 6 tracks (59:24).

The Sidis are descendants of sub-Saharan Africans who migrated, over several centuries and under diverse conditions, to western India. Scattered in isolated communities throughout Gujarat, Katch, and elsewhere, they share not only phenotypical appearance but also cultural traits such as devotion to the fourteenth-century saint Gori Pir, and a distinctive set of devotional music practices. In 2001 Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy co-sponsored a conference in India which brought together not only scholars of Sidi culture but also representatives from different, hitherto isolated Sidi communities, who exchanged ideas and techniques in workshops devoted to music and dance. Catlin also helped organize an international tour for some of the performers, exposing for the first time their unique, little-known, and highly entertaining performance traditions to audiences in India and abroad. …

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