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Dhow Countries Music Academy

Old Costume House | P.O.Box 4055, Stone Town Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Tanzania
+255777416529
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Ranked #7 of 15 Activities in Stone Town
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The (DCMA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The school provides music lessons as well as instruments at minimal cost to anyone... more » Owner description: The (DCMA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The school provides music lessons as well as instruments at minimal cost to anyone interested in studying music or acquiring mastery of n instrument and has currently over 500 registered members. One of the specific aims is to broaden the educational and vocational opportunities for young people, children and women, and in particular we try to encourage, support and teach disadvantaged children and young people Musically and culturally. « less
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Ramat Yishay, Israel
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What an excellent recital we heard, as the sun set over the Indian Ocean and gentle sea breezes came in off the veranda. We had stopped in to see what this music academy looked like and were treated to a very eclectic performance. May you be so fortunate. (And if you are a piano tuner, consider stopping in and offering... More

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Music_Academy_Znz, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing all your valued comments and observations with Trip Advisor readers. You are welcome again More

yochile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

With my tourist friends we stumbled into the Dhow Countries Music Academy to find a music recital happening on the top floor overlooking Zanzibar's harbor. The academy's building is square and old with an interior patio. First, on the second floor we bought CDs of academy musicians--wonderful authentic recordings of local music. Second, we filed up to the third floor... More

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The only place in east Africa were you can enjoy traditional swahili taarab which performed by very skilful artist.

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Music_Academy_Znz, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

It is a always a pleasure to see you return. DCMA would like to say thank you for the visit. More

Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Urban, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Magical evening at the Dhow Countries Music Academy. Ricardo Gracia from Spain performed live romantic flamenco recitals. The show started with beautiful traditional Taarab music performed by the students and teachers of the academy , followed by Ricardo's performance and ended with a fusion piece between the academy students and Ricardo's. Truly an evening to remember.

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Music_Academy_Znz, Public Relations Manager at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

DCMA would like to say Thank you Mr Lancy for your review and we hope that we will see you again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The dhow music concerts are the best and great value in Zanzibar. This is very good as it also encourages the students at the music academy. There are many concerts every week and check out, there is a big banner outside the school.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were thrilled to hear about this music academy which strives to keep alive the traditions of African music. We heard a fascinating concert of Taraab music preceded by an authentic and well-prepared African meal. A real treat! Don't miss these Thursday evening concerts on the waterfront...

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Music_Academy_Znz, Web Master & Publicity at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

Much Appreciated, You are Welcome Again Pamela Thank you. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Stopped by on the Wednesday to look at an art exhibition and were given a flyer about the Dhow Countries Music Academy dinner and concert on the Thursday evening. We booked and were not disappointed. What a pleasant evening of good food and music. Thanks to the staff and students.

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Music_Academy_Znz, Web Master & Publicity at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

It is a always a pleasure to see you return. DCMA would like to say thank you for the visit. More

South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We dropped by with the family for a concert we saw advertised. Didn't really know what to expect and we were totally blown away. Two weeks later and we are still humming these songs. What a great celebration! It's a very welcoming and cheerful place. We recommend checking these concerts out to any new visitors to Stone Town (like us).

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Music_Academy_Znz, Web Master & Publicity at Dhow Countries Music Academy, responded to this review

You are most welcome again and again, Thank you! More

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

On a recent trip we spent two Thursday evenings at the DCMA, enjoying greatly the traditional Taarab concerts put on by Academy students and teachers, as well as visiting artists, who are at various levels of expertise. The setting, while not glamorous, is pleasant, with terrific views of the port. We felt welcome and admired the camaraderie of the musicians... More

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