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Dhow Countries Music Academy

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Very entertaining

My hubby and I were enticed in by a guy handing out fliers. We had no idea what to expect, but it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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This is Africa

Ask for the weekly concerts. Truly special and authentic experience. You will really think: 'this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jesús P
Madrid, Spain
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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 6 days ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Jesús P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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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 .

Thank Mandala D
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!

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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

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

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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

Thank MiriLes
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Visit to learn and try playing various music instruments and vessels, learn the history of original swahili musics and mostly the Taarab. There are information on the last floor about Bi Kidude, Sittu and other legends.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

I strongly recommend a visit to the DCMA, zanzibar's premiere learning institution for musical studies. This academy has brought out incredible musicians and offers both short and diploma course to youth from and beyond the island. The taarab ensemble, siti & the band, mapanya band...More

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dcmazanzibar, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2018

We really appreciate and thank you very much for your review.

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