13 – 16 February 2020

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Sauti za Busara 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

With regard to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we would like to assure everyone we are closely monitoring and assessing developments in order to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the next edition of Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar during 11 - 14 February 2021.

We remain optimistic "the show will go on" and encourage all artists playing unique music connected to Africa to apply to participate. Our overriding priority is the safety and security of local Tanzanians, the broader music community and everyone involved in staging this high-profile event.

Keep safe and best wishes from Team Busara.

#SzB2020 Festival Line-up

Mehdi Qamoum (Morocco) Oumar Konaté (Mali) Blinky Bill (Kenya) Guiss Guiss Bou Bess (Senegal) The Mafik (Tanzania) Wakazi (Tanzania) Thaïs Diarra (Senegal/ Mali/ Switzerland) Mamy Kanouté (Senegal) Mehdi Laifaoui Trab Project (Algeria) Onipa (Ghana/ UK) Sibusiso 'Mash' Mashiloane (South Africa) Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (Zanzibar) Siti & the Band (Zanzibar) Seun Olota (Nigeria) Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various) Pigment (Reunion) Mannyok (Mauritius) FRA! (Ghana) TaraJazz (Zanzibar) Apio Moro (Uganda) Ambasa Mandela & the Last Tribe (Kenya) Ison Mistari aka Zenji Boy (Zanzibar) Kaloubadya (Reunion) Lulu Abdalla (Kenya) Mapanya Band (Zanzibar) SinaUbi & Zawose Spirit Group (Tanzania) Evon (Uganda) Rahat Zamaan Taarab Orchestra (Zanzibar) Mopao Swahili Jazz (Tanzania) ...and more
Timetable of shows

Sauti za Busara 2020
Sauti za Busara brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies.
The 17th edition took place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 13th - 16th February 2020. Highlights included:

Sauti za Busara 2020: Love Live Music

by CL Films, 6 April 2020

Sauti za Busara 2020 attracted 29,000 people over four days, united in celebration of African music under African skies. Watch highlights here, including Mamy Kanouté (Senegal), Siti & the Band (Zanzibar), Onipa (Ghana/UK), Pigment (Reunion), FRA! (Ghana), Sibusiso 'Mash' Mashiloane (South Africa), Wakazi (Tanzania), TaraJazz (Zanzibar), Seun Olota (Nigeria), Kaloubadya (Reunion) and more...

Latest Media Coverage (see more media coverage here)


  • Ziada Travels  

    Ziada Travels - Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar

    By Ziada Travels, 3 April 2020

    TSauti za Busara gives you an experience of a lifetime. If you've never been to Zanzibar during Sauti za Busara festivities, this is definitely one of the best bucket list ideas!... watch video

  • The East African  

    Sauti za Busara: Authentically East African!

    by The East African, 7 March 2020

    The annual Sauti za Busara festival is known for its presentation of off the track musicians and this year they did not disappoint. The theme for this year’s festival was “Love live music’’ and it was more of a political statement to the music industry in the region, and in Tanzania in particular, where mainstream radio and TV hardly features the music of musicians featured in this festival … read more

  • Vibe Tribe Africa  

    Sauti za Busara 2020: Discover the unique sound of Africa

    by Joy Ruguru, Vibe Tribe Africa, 3 March 2020

    What do you do when Sauti za Busara calls your name? Yup, you answer. Especially if it’s the second time in a row. You drop everything you’re doing and make your way to Zanzibar as soon as possible. After all, this is the biggest music festival in East Africa … read more

  • journeysbydesign.com  

    Sounds of Wisdom

    by Journeys by Design, 2 March 2020

    In the shade of the Forodhani Gardens, the powerful voice of Senegal’s Mamy Kanouté – accompanied by the kora – pulls in a growing crowd. The Kaskazi wind stirs from the north, easing the thick coastal air and hastening the dhows into harbour. It is the second day of Sauti za Busara, a four-day music festival held in mid-February in Stone Town on Unguja… read more

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