Do not miss this! Taarab is Zanzibar’s most popular form of music combining African, Arabic and Indian influences. The haunting melody of the violin, the low hum of the qanun and the dum dum from the tambourine and the matching forlorn ballads communicate a sense of yearning and lost love. The women, dressed in traditional, brightly-coloured cotton kaftans sing in Swahili and although I did not understood a single word of it, I felt it.
The island of Zanzibar boasts pristine white sand beaches, ubundant sunshine, exotic Swahili dishes, a hospitable people. In the historic Stone Town you’ll find Arabic and Swahili inluences, winding lanes with minarets, carved doorways and 19th century palaces. If your idea of a fun is to mix a culture with lazing on the beach then you just found your next destination!