• Is your music connected to Africa or Indian Ocean?

  • Is your music 100% live?

  • Are you interested to perform next February in Zanzibar?

  • If you can answer yes, yes, yes – then please read on...


The 15thSauti za Busara, one of Africa’s top music festivals, is scheduled to take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar during 8 – 11 February 2018.
Sauti za Busara 2018 will feature 40+ performances on 3 stages over 4 days, including diverse, original and live music from across the African Continent and diaspora. Artists representing music from the Arab World and Indian Ocean are also welcomed to apply.
The Call for Artists is open only until 31st July 2017. Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.To apply to participate, please send all documents as listed below.

  • Artists’ profile/biography*
  • Latestaudio release* (send 2 CDsby post, or maximum 3songs by wetransfer/dropbox)
  • Video DVD of live performance, or 1 clipby wetransfer/dropbox (if available)
  • 2 promotional photos* (high-resolution)
  • Stage Plan and Technical Rider (if available)

Supporting documents must be clearly labeled and sent by email to journey@busara.or.tz
Printed applications by post are highly appreciated and should be sent to the following address:
Journey Ramadhan
Busara Promotions
P O Box 3635
Zanzibar
Tanzania

Please clearly mark your package “Contents not for sale. For promotional use only”
Submission deadline to receive your complete application: midnight, 31st July 2017

If selected, Sauti za Busara will cover the following expenses for participating artists + 1 manager:

  • Modest honorarium, towards performance fees
  • Per-diems, for meals and incidentals
  • Accommodation in Zanzibar
  • All local transport related to the performance
  • Tanzanian visa costs, reimbursed against receipts
  • All-Festival passes, includes access to all shows and activities for the duration of the event
  • Artist’s profile in festival programmes, press releases, website and social media.

The selection committee meets in August to finalise the line-up for Sauti za Busara 2018. All applicants will be notified of their decision before September. Artists from outside the region may be required to find their own travel sponsors.