Top ChoiceLive Music in Zanzibar Town

Dhow Countries Music Academy

Many music genres are studied at this academy and regular evening concerts showcase students' work, from Afro-jazz and fusion to taarab – Zanzibar's celebrated sung poetry. For a more hands-on experience,...

Cinema in Zanzibar Town

Hurumzini Movie Café

Come for coffee, a meal or a movie – or all three. With comfortable sofas, funky decor and an imaginative menu (snacks from Tsh3000; meals Tsh9000 to Tsh15,000), this is a great little place. Swing by during the...

Cinema in Zanzibar Town


The gap left by the closure of the much-loved Cine Afrique has been filled by the even-more delightful Zancinema. Owned and run by a local movie enthusiast, it shows a wide range of films from Hollywood to...

Dance in Dar es Salaam

Alliance Française

Traditional and modern dance, live music and more at the monthly Barazani multicultural nights. It’s held on the second or third Wednesday of the month; the schedule is on its website.

Dance in Dar es Salaam

Village Museum

Ngoma (drumming and dancing) performances daily (Tsh2000 per person), whenever there is sufficient demand, plus occasional special afternoon programs highlighting the dances of individual tribes.

Dance in Zanzibar Town

Old Fort

Performances of local music, dance and drumming are often held at the Old Fort, but the schedule is variable. Stop by the information desk at the entrance during the day to check what's on in the evening.