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Dhow Countries Music Academy

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Traditional Drumming Workshop

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Reviewed September 28, 2018
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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...more
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Old Costume House | P.O.Box 4055, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Tanzania
+255 777 416 529
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd been hunting around online for courses/workshops in Stone Town for somethimg less conventionally touristy to do, and I came upon the traditional drumming workshop here. OMG it was so much fun! I wish I'd recorded it. Super smiley Harry beat out patterns for us...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018

My friend and I signed up for a traditional drumming workshop at the Dhow Countries Music Academy and it was a highlight of our visit to Zanzibar. We were the only two there, so it was basically a private lesson. Harry, the instructor, is an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

My hubby and I were enticed in by a guy handing out fliers. We had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be really fun. The musicians also did some great dancing and they had the happiest drummer alive! I'm so glad...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Ask for the weekly concerts. Truly special and authentic experience. You will really think: 'this is Africa!'

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jesús P
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We went on the asilia night which is traditional taraab music. We went after having dinner in luukman Restaurant, which felt just right. The academy is on the seafront next to the old fort so easy to find , and facing the sea so a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

We were luck enough to come across this and had the chance to see two concerts. This is a must for all visitors and locals . The organization is a true asset to Zanzibar. The views from the top verandah are stunning .

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 12mandala
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

The Sunday evening concert was a wonderful evening of music by students who clearly love to perform! Great music, great atmosphere, great dancing - highly recommended!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Escape799041
Reviewed August 8, 2018

If you are in Zanzibar, you MUST go to the concerts here. Fantastic performances by the music school students, pick up a few CDs on the way, enjoy the beautiful setting on the roof with a fresh evening breeze in a cosy atmosphere. Don't miss...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Tu B
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

This is the refrain from one of the songs we heard at a Taarab concert at the DCMA, and later heard on a playlist in a taxi. And according to the music teacher who informed the audience, love is at the heart of Taarab. It...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SandyS4040
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

I strongly recommend visiting the academy and attending their concerts. I am a musician and when I came around one afternoon I was immediately greeted and showed around. I ended up staying there for a few hours playing with the students and teaching a bit....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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