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“A Good Cultural Keeper in Zanzibar”

Dhow Countries Music Academy
Ranked #15 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 November 15, 2012

Magical music, magical view, magical sunset. This is one of the best ways to learn about Zanzibari culture and meet some interesting young musicians. A cultural must!" At 10,000 tsh (basically $6) one of the best values in town.

Thank Abdulrazak
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Across the road from the port this is the place to meet local artists whose work is on display and for sale on the ground floor. A steep set of stone staircase leads to the top floor which houses an exhibition of musical instruments and there are classrooms for music classes.

2  Thank zenu
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The concerts are held once a month on a wednesday and cost only 3000 Tsh. They take place in a room with a balcony with sea view which is very enjoyable. Inside the "concert hall" there are white plastic chairs which create no pleasant atmosphere whatsoever. Some of the musicians, especially on Taarab- and other traditional instruments, are very good and they are a pleasure to listen to. Once it comes to "western" music you have to live with low skills and poor sound quality.
No drinks offered.

2  Thank SUPERVISA
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have been on a couple of very interesting and lovely concerts at DCMA.
Brings in an extra dimension in to your visit, and opens up a insight in real Zanzibari culture

2  Thank Lén Helén H
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Their efforts to preserve traditional music and develop fusion forms with visiting artists has produced some great results. The building is lovely as well! Worth a visit if they have an event scheduled.

2  Thank Nansierra
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