Zanzibar's name comes from the Arabic for rusty coast. The archipelago is a meeting place of many cultures. It lies in the Indian Ocean 25–50 kms (16–31 miles) off the coast of Africa, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones. The writer Abdulrazak S Gurnah (author of Paradise, a perfect novel, and Desertion) and singer Freddie Mercury were both born here.
Zanzinet is a resource site of Zanzibar poetry in Swahili. I would be interested to hear from any translators or potential translators.