Taarab: An Ocean of Melodies (Tanzania, South Africa)

Directed by Abdulkadir Ahmed Said and Bridget Thompson

2003, 52 min.

In Kiswahili with English subtitles

Taarab: An Ocean of Melodies explores the historical and contemporary musical and performance traditions of Zanzibar, where taarab music, a sublime fusion of Indian, Arab and African elements, is an integral part of social life. Winner of the Golden Dhow award for Best Documentary Video at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2003.