13 – 16 February 2020

#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:

Artists Video clips 2020

Welcome to the Sauti za Busara 2020 (official) playlist.
Be amazed! 4 days, 3 stages, 44 shows, 100% LIVE!
#sautizabusara #lovelivemusic

Latest Media Coverage (see more media coverage here)

  • 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

  • CRDB Bank  

    Shangwe la Tamasha Sauti za Busara 2020

    VIDEO: CRDB Bank plc, 26 Feb 2020

    Ni siku 4 kwenye shoo 44 ndani ya stage 3 mubashara na muziki🎵 wa kiafrika ndani ya Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar! Tulidhamini tamasha hili kupitia kampeni yetu ya Chanja Lipa Sepa, unafanya malipo kwa Tembocard VISA bila makato… watch video

  • Africanews.com  

    10 years of Norwegian support to the Sauti za Busara festival and promotion of women in music

    by Africanews.com/APO, 24 Feb 2020

    Four energetic evenings of live music performances on three stages in the historical Ngome Kongwe (Old Fort) in Zanzibar, have been completed. Featuring a wide selection of performances by artists from different parts of the African continent, the 17th edition of the Sauti za Busara festival has yet again showed the world how musical expressions can unite people. 2020 also marks 10 years of Norwegian support to the organization behind the festival … read more

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