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“Taarab - wonderful initiation for us”

Dhow Countries Music Academy
Ranked #16 of 42 things to do in Stone Town
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 April 2015

We were really impressed by the concert we went to and enjoyed every minute - great music, great group; had us enthralled.

Thank marpandc
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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hello Marpandc,
We really appreciate your review. Karibu tena (Welcome again)

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Reviewed 14 January 2015

very special building insite with a art exhibit. Amazing local music with an wonderful performance. Enjoy.

Thank Beate S
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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hello Beate,
We really appreciate your review. Karibu tena (Welcome again)

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Reviewed 15 October 2014

We happened on the Music Academy as we were walking around, but it turned out to be one of those life nice surprises kind of thing. Everyone put on great performance, on a beautiful and relaxing evening.

Food was simple, but it was still a very enjoyable evening that they put together. If you like live music and checking out the local music, it is worth checking it out when you are in Stone Town.

3  Thank liltanpian
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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hello liltanpian,
We really appreciate your review. Karibu tena (Welcome again)

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Reviewed 22 September 2014

The building is very beautifull. Insite you have access to very impressive art. Beautiful paintings and amazing live local music concerts!! Totally recomend it.

3  Thank nanimarina
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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hello,
We really appreciate your review. Karibu tena (Welcome again)

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Reviewed 2 September 2014

After walking through the narrow streets of stone town under the hot sun for two hours or more looking for a major attraction which at least 167 people had directed us to we came across a fellow 'Muzungo' (European) who had the air of an expat. We immediately blocked his path and demanded he explain the way to us using more than a simple hand gesture pointing forward. The muzungu just looked at us with a sympathetic smile and answered "But why if you are lost in Stone town then you must be in the right direction, that's what everybody does here". He asked how long we'd stay in the town and invited us to see a concert at the customs house later that evening. We followed his advice about just getting lost and got everywhere we had wanted to go and also came across the customs house. Remembering the "Muzungu's invitation we decided spontaneously to see the concert, we quickly ran to the food market for some Tandoori skewers, got a cold beer and sat down to enjoy the concert on the balcony with the evening breeze blowing gently through the large windows. The first ensemble was made up of 5-6 musicians who played fusion African music, we were hypnotised by the woman singer moving subtly to the rich tones. The second performance was a group of young guys (we developed a little crush) who played their excellent original music. Our only complaint was that the concert finished too soon, we could've stayed there a lot longerprovided we had an extra round of Tandoori skewers and some more cold beer sold on the premises. After the concert was over we spoke to the friendly students who study music at the academy mostly as a hobby in addition to a day job, they expressed their delight at having the opportunity to lean and perform. We saw the singer from the first ensemble transforming back into her self as she covered her flattering leopard print dress with a long black Abaya. Back on the street we asked
people to direct us to our hotel, they just pointed forward, so we did what you do in Stone town and got lost for a while longer letting the sounds we had heard echo through our minds as we went deeper and deeper into the winding network of dark allies.

3  Thank Silan1980
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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hello,
We really appreciate your review. Karibu tena (Welcome again)

Thank you

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