Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar's struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music, Swahili style at its best.
In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion.
They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style. Their CD-releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world, so much so that rehearsals in their clubhouse have become somewhat of a tourist attraction.
This, however, does not interfere with the first and foremost aim of their social gathering - namely to enjoy music and "to be moved" by it, as the original meaning of the word "taarab" implies.
To download photos from our site: PC USERS- Right-Click on the image, choose 'Save Picture As' and save it to your computer. MAC USERS- Click and Hold your mouse pointer over the image, choose 'Save As' and save it to your computer.