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The Soul of Zanzibar

A 20,000 year old home to humans The Persians, Arabs and Indians Ah 'karibu' to Zanzibar The Africa you've only heard of from afar
The Arabs of Oman the locals liked Imperial Europeans the brave-hearts despised A history of slave trade surmised Pride in Masa'ai culture has since survived
Here flourishes the sacred Jozani forest Where green mambas, antelopes and red monkeys rest 'Hakuna matata' sings our guide He regales us with tales of mangroves as we ride
On a boat over choppy waters to Prison Island Sold to a British Lord by an Omani Sultan Never as a prison, but used as a quarantine The turquoise sea views from here are mighty pristine
Adorning Stone Town are carved Indian doors Coral walls, Arabesque interiors - all treasure troves The markets aromatic with peppers and cloves Just where once were auctioned slaves in droves
Birthplace of Freddie, Queen's front man Strange few locals know of his jam Africa, the keeper of Dr. Livingstone's heart It was here, in abolishing s…