12 - 15 Feb 2015 Stone Town Zanzibar

 

Once again, during 12 – 15 February 2015, Sauti za Busara brought people from across the world together in Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. Venues were full to capacity all four nights of the festival. The theme for this 12th edition was “Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!
Our message was received loud and clear: with peace and unity, Africa is the Future!

Festival organisers wholeheartedly thank all the artists who participated, all crew, donors and sponsors, media partners, and you the audiences, who helped make the 12th edition our most successful Sauti za Busara to date.

Music is a universal language. It communicates to all of us, rich or poor, regardless of language, religion, gender or politics. Music teaches us to respect our differences and value diversity. Through music and art, the world sees Africa is positive; Africa is vibrant, Africa is rich in its many cultures and expressions.

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Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!

Sauti za Busara 2015: The Line Up


Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana / USA),   Alikiba (Tanzania),   Octopizzo and band (Kenya),   Ihhashi Elimhlophe (South Africa),   Tcheka (Cape Verde),   Sarabi (Kenya),   The Brother Moves On (South Africa),   Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar),   Ahamada Smis ‘Origines’ Trio (Comoros / France / Zanzibar),   Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK),   Isabel Novella (Mozambique),   Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania),   Aline Frazão (Angola),   Tsiliva (Madagascar),   Leo Mkanyia and the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania),   Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar),   Thaïs Diarra (Senegal / Mali / Switzerland),   Liza Kamikazi and band (Rwanda),   Erik Aliana (Cameroon),   Bonaya Doti (Kenya),   Mpamanga (Madagascar),   Mgodro Group (Zanzibar),   Djmawi Africa (Algeria),   Rico Single & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar),   Zee Town Sojaz (Zanzibar),   Ifa Band (Tanzania),   Mwahiyerani (Tanzania),   Tunaweza Band (Tanzania),   Mabantu Africa (Tanzania),   Cocodo African Music (Tanzania),   Kiki Kidumbaki (Zanzibar),   DCMA Young Stars (Zanzibar),   Capoeira Brazil Zanzibar (Zanzibar),   Shirikisho Sanaa Group (Zanzibar),   Babawatoto Centre (Tanzania),   Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various),   and more.

  • Live Music

    African Films

    19 music groups represented Tanzania, with 18 groups from other African countries. All performed 100% live!

  • African Music Films

    African Films

    African Music Films:  documentaries, music clips, videos and live concert footage.

  • Movers & Shakers

    Movers and shakers

    Movers & Shakers: Daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals.

  • Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra:  Around the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional music, fashion shows, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest Taarab orchestras.

  • Songs for Peace Competition


    Song for Peace
    Click here to read more on the Songs for Peace competition and award-winners

  • Seminars and Training Workshops

    Seminar and Training workshop

    Building skills for artists, managers, technicians, filmmakers and journalists from the East Africa region.

  • Festival marketplace

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    Festival marketplace: food and drinks, CDs, merchandise, and local handicrafts.


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Media Coverage

  • Transporting listeners across the world through music

    by Iman Mani, Daily News, 3rd March 2015
    ALIKIBA (Ally Saleh Kiba) was not the only artist from the Mainland to perform in front of a full house at the just-ended Sauti za Busara (SZB) (Sounds of Wisdom) music festival, four-day event. Yes, he was the act to close the opening .... read more

  • Sauti za Busara Shakes up Stone Town with a global audience

    by AfricanMbiu.com; 24 February 2015
    Once again, during 12 –15 February 2015, Sauti za Busara brought people from across the world together in a sea of humanity displayed at Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. The theme for this 12th edition was “Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!” .... read more

  • Global Beats from Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar

    with Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 22 February 2015
    Now in its twelfth year, Sauti Za Busara has gained a reputation as one of Africa's best and most respected music events. All the music is live, and, as Global Beats presenter Rita Ray found out, artists are keen to be chosen to perform: they see it is a badge of honour and proof of their musicianship .... read more

  • Sauti za Busara a festival like no other

    by Salome Gregory, The Citizen; February 20, 2015
    It is a festival that draws attention throughout the continent and beyond as it attracts visitors from almost every corner of the world. And this time around it wasn’t going to be an exception; the Stone Town was abuzz with visitors as ... read more

"A unique music festival in one of the most beautiful places on Earth"
with Maria Galang, CCTV Africa; 14 Feb 2015

Founded in 1958, Culture Musical Club is Zanzibar's most prolific and successful band playing traditional taarab sounds and as the festival grows in popularity every year, the group still prefers to play at the Sauti za Busara festival, African music under African skies. "A unique music festival in one of the most beautiful places on Earth"


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