Taarab is the traditional music of Zanzibar but it almost disappeared. Iolo ap Dafydd reports on how the island's only music academy is trying to preserve its unique sound, and how technology seems to be hitting the right note.
It's called taarab, a fusion of just about everything African, Arab, Persian, European and Indian music.
Spice and slave traders brought it to the island of Zanzibar centuries ago‚ its poetic lyrics anchored today in the Swahili language
However, music today has changed and fewer young people want to learn the traditional instruments used to play taarab. The Dhow Countries Music Academy is trying to change that by teaching students how to play both traditional and modern instruments.
TRT World’s Iolo ap Dafydd reports.