Dar Smile Music Festival 2016 – Report

Dar es Salaam welcomed its most outstanding annual music festival, the Dar Smile Music Festival, in March 2016 as the follow-on to the successful launch of the first music festival in March 2015 that was created by a unique non- profit organization, One World One Smile. The annual Dar Smile Music Festival is a fundraising initiative aiming at setting up and running Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) across Tanzania. One World One Smile brought two amazing flamenco dance groups from the internationally acclaimed Casa Patas Foundation, who performed at the Paparrazi, Terrace Restaurant and Mediterraneo Hotel from 3rd March to March 6th, 2016.

Casa Patas, had two groups, one group, composed of Jose Jurado, Isabel Rodriguez and their musicians performed the highest level of Flamenco, which in Spain is a cultural heritage and considered an example of excellence in the world of Flamenco dance. The other group, composed of five musicians performed a spectacular Gypsy Rumba concert which represents another aspect of flamenco, in a popular and internationally recognized style with a fusion of the beautiful voice of one of Tanzania´s famous artist Annette Ngongi, Seghito.

The four day festival had live performances with a unique and irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles infused with western pop, Latin rhythms and Tanzanian Bongo Flava music. All four evenings catered special Spanish cold cuts, a tantalising dinner, delicious sangria and cocktails and fantastic auction and raffle prizes. The Dar Smile Music Festival also catered to private Flamenco dance classes with the dancers which were in high demand and thoroughly enjoyed.