Dhow Countries Music Academy is non-governmental, non-profit, community based organization. We provide music education in Zanzibar. Currently we have around 80 students. Even though tuition is minimal (ca. 13 USD per month) and has not been increased for the last 6 years, still almost 70% students cannot afford it. That is why for those students who can’t afford paying, but are dedicated and conscientious, we are offering a free education.
One of them is Ferdinand, who was a jobless, but musically talented teenager, expecting his wife to give birth to their child. He had almost no perspectives for his future, but thanks to free education at DCMA he developed his music skills. Now his group Mapanya Band is performing at biggest East African festivals, and just recently made their first European tour.
It has been 16 years since we started our mission in Zanzibar. From that moment, over 1,500 people have learned the unique music traditions of Zanzibar and East African coast. For many of them music became their profession, they enjoy local and international music careers. We want to allow more young people with musical talent to join DCMA and give them an opportunity not only to develop their talents but also to change their lives.
As a non-governmental, non-profit organization, DCMA is primarily supported by international donors. Currently our main donor is Embassy of Switzerland in Tanzania, but the donation DCMA is receiving is not enough to cover education costs for all of our students. This is why we address this request to support our Scholarship Fund and allow more young people with musical talent to join DCMA and give them an opportunity not only to develop their talents but also to change their lives.
One of them was Robert John. He lived in Tanzania, in a village without electricity and running water. He worked on grazing cattle earning about $2 a week. His biggest treasure was a small radio. Every night he switched it on and listened to music.
Robert dreamed of breaking out of his village. He decided to go to Zanzibar where the opportunity to find a better paid job seemed much bigger. After a few days of travel, and having spent all his savings, he reached the island. He did not speak Swahili or English but found a job digging ditches. He was still listening to the radio. He wanted to become a musician himself.
In one of the broadcasts he heard about DCMA. The next morning he came to school. When asked what instrument he wanted to play, he did not know because he rarely had the opportunity to watch live instruments. When one of the teachers started demonstrating more instruments, Robert decided to learn the piano. He did not have the money to study, but DCMA gave him a scholarship.
The first months were a nightmare for Robert, playing piano was going very hard. But after a year Robert began to use the instrument better and better. He finally graduated from Dhow Countries Music Academy after five years. Shortly after graduation, the Academy hired him as a piano teacher. Today he is one of our best lecturers.
You can help us make more stories like that happen.
If you decide to support DCMA Scholarship Fund you will help people like Robert John to change their lives and fulfill their dreams.
300 USD funds a scholarship for one student for a year of music education at DCMA
150 USD funds a scholarship for one student for a semester of music education at DCMA.
30 USD funds a scholarship for one student for a month of music education at DCMA