Wednesday, April 04, 2007

here it is!

presenting:

JAHAJI MUSIC

From the mid-nineteenth century Indian labourers arrived in the Caribbean on boats, bringing a few belongings and their music – the beginnings of a remarkable cultural practice. More than 150 years later musician Remo Fernandes travels to the Islands to explore potential collaborations and create new work. Jahaji Music: India in the Caribbean is a record of a difficult, if unusual and complex, musical journey.

We walk around Trenchtown with Bob Marley's teacher and rastafari philosopher Mortimo Planno; accompany calypso and soca singer Rikki Jai to Skinner Park; chat with visual artist Chris Cozier in the Savannah; follow Dancehall Queen Stacey to events in Kingston; record a new song with Denise Saucy Wow Belfon and are guests at an East Indian Hindu wedding. Endeavouring, through it all, to weave a story of memory, identity and creativity.

Jahaji Music is an attempt to make meaning of aspects of contemporary culture in Trinidad and Jamaica, even as it is a witness to the nature and possibilities of artistic collaboration.

4 comments:

Batul said...

goodie. sounds really good, the film. want to see it soon.

anita & amit said...

hey, congratulations, surabhi! i love writing and studies on the diaspora in that region! i find it all absolutely fascinating... you shot this when you were pregnant? or before? or (eyebrows raised in shock) later? am dying to see the filim :) please to send...

surgeon said...

movie post!!!!!!! good good

Amrita said...

Hey Sur, Congratulations on making a truly wonderful film that strikes all the right notes - it's got great music, great storytelling, great camerawork and great direction. Music as a metaphor for ethnic assimilation works wonderfully well. The film stayed with me long after the credits had rolled.