9 - 12 February 2017

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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017 (part 2)

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 March 2017

    This month, Rita Ray presents the second of two programmes of stunning highlights from the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar (50 mins, listen here)

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    Aiming to play more than Africa’s music

    By Iman Mani, Daily News, 8 March 2017

    It’s now sealed into history that after one year’s gap, the Sauti za Busara international music festival came back with a bang last month. During the four-day celebration of African music in Stone Town, Zanzibar, 40 bands of which 50 per cent were locals, with over 400 artists presented their musical sounds on three different stages to ... read more

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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 Feb 2017

    Global Beats heads to one of Africa's best music festivals - Sauti za Busara, in Zanzibar. The festival returns after a year's absence with a stunning line-up including artists from Cameroon, Reunion, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Morocco, the Seychelles, and of course Tanzania. Presenter Rita Ray, talks to our pick of the bunch, and brings you the best of... listen here

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    Sauti za Busara zilivyochangamsha Zanzibar

    Sammy Awami, BBC Swahili, 15 Feb 2017

    Tamasha kubwa la Muziki Afrika Mashariki Sauti za Busara lilimaliza Jumapili usiku visiwani Zanzibar. Mwaka jana tamasha hilo halikuweza kufanyika kwasababu ya ukosefu wa fedha, lakini mwaka huu baada ya kupatikana na wadhamini, tamasha hilo limefanikiwa kufanyika. Je, tamasha hili lilifana kiasi gani baada ya kurejea. Angalia video

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    Sauti za Busara: From place of execution to top African festival

    Music In Africa, 15 Feb 2017

    The island of Zanzibar was once again the setting of the annual Sauti za Busara music festival, an eclectic gathering of live acts from across the African continent. Held under the theme #AfricaUnited, the festival and its organisers brought together African artists and fans from around the globe in the face of a divided world where ... read more

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    Highlife veteran Pat Thomas steals show at Sauti za Busara

    By Iman Mani, Daily News, 14 Feb 2017

    VETERAN Highlife vocalist and songwriter Pat Thomas flew into Zanzibar from Ghana, with the Kwashibu Area Band on Saturday and gave a thrilling performance before boarding the flight back to Ghana the following day. They have an appointment in Ghana today, which couldn't be missed, Thomas said. All-the-same, they couldn't miss the opportunity to perform at the Sauti za Busara on Saturday night... read more

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    Zanzibar's famous music festival - back for good?

    By Sammy Awami, BBC News, 13 Feb 2017

    Zanzibar's famous Sauti za Busara music festival, which translates as the 'Sounds of Wisdom', wrapped up over the weekend. Widely regarded as the best event of its kind in East Africa, the festival nonetheless failed to take place last year, due to lack of funds. So what might the future hold? Sammy Awami of BBC News went along to find out... read more

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    Ngoma ya Kiumbizi kutoka Pemba yapamba tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2017

    By Andrew Chale, 13 Feb 2017

    MO Blog, ilipata kufanya mahojiano na kundi hilo la Kiumbizi ambapo kwanza waliweza kutoa ufafanuzi wa asili ya ngoma hiyo na aina ya uchezaji ni asili ya watu wa kutokea Pemba ambao waliamua kuanzisha mchezo huo wa kuzunguka na kisha kupigana na fimbo ndio maana ya 'Kiumbizi' ili kujihami kutoka mateso ya Wakoloni wa Kireno ambao waliwatesa kwa kuwachapa mara kwa mara na fimbo hizo ambazo zilikuwa zikiwajeruhi na... soma zaidi

  • The citizen

    Ignoring Busara Festival is belittling ourselves

    OpEd, The Citizen, 13 Feb 2017

    Mwalimu Julius Nyerere used to remind us, 'mdharau mila ni mtumwa' (he who disregards his traditions is a slave). This assertion hits us bang in the face when we look at the arts and culture scene in the country. Our modern-day musicians are getting increasingly obsessed with foreign beats, even as they purport to play Tanzanian music they call Bongo Flava ... read more

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    Minister rallies support for Sauti za Busara festival

    By Paul Owere, The Citizen, 13 Feb 2017

    Every February, Zanzibar hosts one of Africa's most revered music festivals. Known as Sauti za Busara - Swahili for "Sounds of Wisdom" the event brings together people from around the world to celebrate African music under African skies. This year's is not any different … read more

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    Hundreds attend "Sauti za Busara" festival in Zanzibar

    By Susan Mwongeli, CGTN Africa, 10 Feb 2017

    Every February, Zanzibar hosts one of Africa's most revered music festivals. Known as Sauti za Busara - Swahili for "Sounds of Wisdom" the event brings together people from around the world to celebrate African music under African skies. This year's is not any different … see video

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2017 Line-up Announced!

Flying the "Africa United" flag, this year's festival will feature 400 artists (40 groups) performing live on three stages:

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)  Sarabi (Kenya)  Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana / Germany)  Simba & Milton Gulli (Mozambique)  Jagwa Music (Tanzania)  Bob Maghrib (Morocco)  Karyna Gomes (Guinea Bissau)  Sami Dan & Zewd Band (Ethiopia)  Chibite Zawose Family (Tanzania)  Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar)  Wahapahapa Band (Tanzania)  Batimbo Percussion Magique (Burundi)  Kyekyeku (Ghana)  H_art the Band (Kenya)  Grace Barbé (Seychelles)  Roland Tchakounté (Cameroon / France)  Imena Cultural Troupe (Rwanda)  Isau Meneses (Mozambique)  Sahra Halgan Trio (Somaliland)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar)  Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various)  CAC Fusion (Tanzania)  Ze Spirits Band (Tanzania)  Loryzine (Reunion)  Madalitso Band (Malawi)  Mswanu Gogo Vibes (Tanzania)  Matona's G Clef Band (Zanzibar)  Afrijam Band (Tanzania)  Cocodo African Music Band (Tanzania)  Kiumbizi (Pemba)  Rico & the Band (Zanzibar)  Usambara Sanaa Group (Tanzania)  Mcharuko Band (Zanzibar)  Taarab - Kidumbak Group (Zanzibar)    and more

The festival is 100% live, proudly showcasing quality, originality and innovation, with priority for young and emerging artists and music with cultural identity.


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