Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival

About Us

About Jahazi Festival

Inspiring learning through literature and music is at the heart of Jahazi Festival. We bring local and international writers, musicians, festivalgoers and the community together in a friendly environment to share ideas, learn from each other, create collaborative works, inspire and educate while nurturing a culture that values education and peace. The social benefits that Jahazi Festival brings to our people are priceless, and there are many economic benefits too.

Literature is a traditional and popular way of inspiring people and music is equally significant. Music has always been used as conduit to connect people. Jazz is particularly important here, in Africa, as its roots extend backward over several centuries, representing a synthesis of many cultural influences including those of the slave trade right here in Zanzibar.

Building on the success of the initial Jahazi Festival in 2011, we will have entertaining performances, discussions, workshops, book reading and meaningful and thought provoking exchange between diverse groups of artists, festivalgoers and the local community.

Jahazi Festival Team

We are a dedicated team of experts who are passionate about what we do, we are the first festival of its kind in Zanzibar, introducing a literature and jazz festival and nurturing a culture that values education and peace.

Founder: Abeid Karume – abeid@jahazifestival.com

Co-founder: Ibrahim Dabo – ibrahim@jahazifestival.com

Chairman – Adel Dabo – adel@jahazifestival.com

Festival Liason – Fuad Kabae – fuad@jahazifestival.com – +255 (0)777 436 939

Accountant – Geophrey Khamis – geophrey@jahazifestival.com