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Dhow Countries Music Academy

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Address: 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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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The (DCMA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The school...

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.

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Taarab Music Concert in lovely old buiding

I stumbled on the Dhow Music Academy in time for a thursday night concert . Tickets were 10,000TS and it was a wonderful experience. The concert was about 70 minutes long a... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2016
Penny A
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

I stumbled on the Dhow Music Academy in time for a thursday night concert . Tickets were 10,000TS and it was a wonderful experience. The concert was about 70 minutes long a perfect amount of time in my opinion. We were treated to original instrumental compositions by the resident music director and classical Taarab singing. Tip bu the CD for... More 

Thank Penny A
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Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Excellent Cost is 5 dollar. Well worth it The concert is an hour In duration There are instrumental parts as well Worth the trip

Thank Ahmad G
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed February 20, 2016

We stumbled upon this coming from the ferry in Zanzibar, a huge blackboard outside the academy advertised taraab music that evening so we went along and for a few dollars you get an hour and a half of traditional Tanzanian music played by the students plus a touring dance and drum troop happened to be there when we went so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2015

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

Thank marpandc
Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
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Reviewed January 13, 2015

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

Thank Beate S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 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... More 

3 Thank liltanpian
Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed September 22, 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
Ramat Yishay, Israel
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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 

3 Thank Silan1980
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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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Reviewed June 27, 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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