Makrani (Urdu: مکرانی) are the inhabitants of Makran coast of Balochistan in Iran and Pakistan.
Black Africans were enslaved and brought to Balochistan in medieval times in Makran. The descendants are called Sheedi. The Sheedis (also called Habshi, from Arabic حبشي ḥabashi) are a Black African people in Pakistan. They are the descendants of slaves first brought to Balochistan by Arab merchants in medieval times from the Bantu-speaking parts of eastern Africa. Siddis were referred to as Zanj by Arabs, and Seng Chi (a malapropism of Zanj) by the Chinese.
According to Dr. Sengupta's seminal study, the Y-DNA analysis reveals E1b1a at a frequency distribution of 5%. On the other hand, mtDNA analysis reveals approx 40% L1a, L2a, L2b, L2d.
Other communities 
In addition to the Sheedi, Makran is also home to the number of different communities, the Baloch, who are the original inhabitants of Makran. Baloch tribes that live in Makran like Rind, Hooth, Nausherwani, Raisi. Med, Lori and Jadgal are also found in the region, as well as a number of Brahui tribes such as the Mirwari, Bizenjo, and Sangur. 
See also 
- ^ David Brion Davis, Challenging the boundaries of slavery, (Harvard University Press: 2006), p.12
- ^ Roland Oliver, Africa in the Iron Age: c.500 BC-1400 AD, (Cambridge University Press: 1975), p.192
- ^ F.R.C. Bagley et al., The Last Great Muslim Empires, (Brill: 1997), p.174
- ^ Genetic Map of Pakistan
- ^ Balochistan District Gazetteers Makran
- John B. Edlefsen, Khalida Shah, Mohsin Farooq, "Makranis, the Negroes of West Pakistan", Phylon (1960-), Vol. 21, No. 2 (2nd Qtr., 1960), pp. 124-130, Published by: Clark Atlanta University
- Nicolini, Beatrice, The Makran-Baluch-African Network in Zanzibar and East Africa during the XIXth Century, African and Asian Studies, Volume 5, Numbers 3-4, 2006, pp. 347-370(24)