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ABOUT US

Dhow Countries Music Academy is the only music school in Zanzibar. We preserve and promote music heritage of Zanzibar the “dhow region” which include countries along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the Arab Gulf such as Zanzibar, Comorros, Oman, Kuwait, Iran, U.A.E and India. Particular emphasis is being placed on teaching traditional music styles, such as taarab, kidumbak and ngoma. The DCMA is proud to be the guardians of a living cultural heritage and proud to keep the musical heritage of Zanzibar and the dhow region”.

We use music as a tool for social change and youth empowerment. DCMA is active in creating job opportunities for its students. For many of them music became profession. Thanks to education they received at DCMA many now enjoy local and international music careers. DCMA organizes around 170 paid concerts yearly and cooperates with hotels and restaurants in providing music. 2/3 of the teaching staff are Academy’s graduates. DCMA students and graduates are regularly performing in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa and other continents.

NEWS

Dhow Countries Music Academy COVID-19 Statement

Dhow Countries Music Academy COVID-19 Statement

With the entire world living in the shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we know that the hearts and minds of the DCMA Family are currently distracted, rightly focused on matters closer to home. Life, as we previously knew it, may never be the same again and whilst...

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Change lives in Zanzibar through music

Change lives in Zanzibar through music

Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) is launching a one month crowd funding campaign that aims to allow 30 young people with musical talent to continue their education at the Academy, and give them an opportunity not only to develop their talents, but also to change...

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DCMA launches online music courses

DCMA launches online music courses

We are proud to present the first video lessons in Swahili for beginners who wants to learn how to play traditional instruments. Project is a response to lack of online music tutorials in Swahili.The first online lesson on qanun was led by DCMA teacher Samir Ally, a...

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