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zanzibar music

Again the location of Zanzibar at the heart of the monsoon winds has brought musical influence from the regions around the Indian Ocean and the resulting taarab is a glorious harmony of these combined sounds from Africa and the Middle East and India.

"...There's hardly anything in the whole of Africa as uplifting as the sounds of a full taarab orchestra in full sail " . ( Roots magazine; Andy Morgan ).

The Zanzibaris enjoy music and there's a growing number of live events across the island from small sessions to the extravaganza that is the "festival of the Dhow Countries " which used to be known as the Zanzibar International Film Festival. This has grown over the last decade to become a triumph of variety, and where dozens of bands appear from different countries across the whole region to play to very happy large audiences. This happens in July and it's wise to book early as it's a time when Zanzibar is even more popular than usual.