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 where a live music recital presented different types of local music from drums to sad, fado-sounding vocals to belly dancing. Everyone welcomed us tourists. We enjoyed ourselves listening to good music and entering into the social life of Zanzibar residents. The academy also has zumba, capoiera, and yoga classes.