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Dhow Countries Music Academy

Old Costume House | P.O.Box 4055, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Tanzania
+255 777 416 529
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A real Treasure of Swahili Culture

I am following the work of the Dhow Countries Music Academy for more than a decade and had the... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Muecke Q
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Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
If you are interested and passionate about heritage culture and music in particular this music academy is a must

Dhow Countries Music Academy is one of Zanzibar's secret treasures. Each time I have visited the... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
judithriddell
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London, United Kingdom
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The DCMA is proud to be the guardians of a living cultural heritage and proud to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Zanzibar and the Dhow Countries. In training the students it ensures the continuation, knowledge, and legacy of a unique musical cultural heritage.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Old Costume House | P.O.Box 4055, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Tanzania
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+255 777 416 529
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

I am following the work of the Dhow Countries Music Academy for more than a decade and had the honour to even work there from 2007 to 2010.The Music Academy is a magic place where you can experience that traditional wsahili culture is alive and...More

Thank Muecke Q
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Dhow Countries Music Academy is one of Zanzibar's secret treasures. Each time I have visited the islands i make sure I got to at least one of their 3 weekly concerts and I have never been disappointed. Traditional Taarab, Kidumbak, fusion and jazz are all...More

Thank judithriddell
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The Dhow Music Academy of Zanzibar is truly an amazing, unique experience! A must-see for any visitor to the island. I'm impressed with the way they keep the legacy of the beautiful traditional music alive with local Taarab, Kidumbak & other styles which reflect the...More

Thank SimsimTalai
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

During my first visit to Zanzibar, it was Ramadan and everything was quiet and subdued. But when I walked into the DCMA, I felt energized. It is one the friendliest and exciting places to see live music in Zanzibar. The Zanzibari-s who study there are...More

Thank Cynthia B
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

If you’re planning a trip to Zanzibar, do not miss a visit to the Dhow Countries Academy of Music in Stone Town. I’m a professional New York musician, and I was floored by the talent of the students, and the love and devotion of the...More

2  Thank denzola
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

This is a music academy that is home to the best concerts of local music in Zanzibar! At least three concerts per week featuring a thriving community of musicians that orbit around the academy in an idyllic setting where you listen to the Indian Ocean...More

Thank Carlos G
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Great place to relax and listen to great Taarab and Kidumbak music from great musician's. This place has a great ambience and the view from balcony on the second floor is breathtaking during sunset. Would recommend to attend one of their concerts. The ticket prices...More

Thank Febin M
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Great place filled with passion and love for music and music lovers in general. A must for anyone interested in local music. Please also check their educational programmes, helping local kids to get ahead by teaching them music.

Thank Michał Ś
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

A discreet and secret institution yet open, lively and friendly. Any one interested in Swahili culture should walk these historic corridors and bump into the next generation. Inspiring!! Congrats due to the teaching crew, students, staff and Director.

Thank pystol78
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

A magic place, full of music, directly at the seafront! It‘s a great atmosphere in this Old Customers house. Here you are in the epi-center of traditional Zanzibarian (= taarab-)music! Every monday and thursday there are concerts with entertaining taarab-music, brillant singers and musicians! On...More

1  Thank cornrost
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