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“A Good Cultural Keeper in Zanzibar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dhow Countries Music Academy

Dhow Countries Music Academy
Ranked #14 of 34 things to do in Stone Town
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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.
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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1 review
“A Good Cultural Keeper in Zanzibar”
5 of 5 stars 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.

Visited September 2012
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“An insight into the work of local artists and musicians”
4 of 5 stars 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.

Visited September 2012
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Some are very good, some aren't.”
2 of 5 stars 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.

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank SUPERVISA
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Arusha, Tanzania
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7 reviews
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“Zanzibar Music Concerts”
5 of 5 stars 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

Visited June 2012
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2 Thank Lén Helén H
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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Kudos!”
4 of 5 stars 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.

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2 Thank Nansierra
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