Movers & Shakers 2018

Movers & Shakers 2018


Daily: Fri 9 – Sun 11 Feb

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Venue: Monsoon Restaurant, Stone Town

Language: English (and Kiswahili)

Sauti za Busara festival attracts people from all around the world; many have a professional connection with the music industry.

The Movers & Shakers forum provides a friendly and informal space to hook-up, share interests, exchange and network.

Open to local and international artists, managers, media professionals, promoters and leaders in the music industry. Admission is free, but space is limited.

To see the list of confirmed participants, click here.

  • Fri 9 Feb: Music for Change

    Musicians have the power to influence change. For many decades in Tanzania, if your music didn’t have a message it was unlikely to get airtime. In recent years the situation reversed: now most songs on media rotation across East Africa have the same script: boy-meets-girl, with booty-shaking, fast cars and swimming pools as prerequisite backdrops for their videos.

    What happened? In these times of increasing inequality, can we and should we encourage musicians to make songs that speak of the realities and struggles of survival? Would these songs have any hope of getting airplay, locally and internationally?




    Artist from Kenya

    Isack Abeneko

    Artist from Tanzania

    Herman Kabubi

    Director at Bayimba Festival, Uganda


    Yusuf Mahmoud

    Director, Sauti za Busara festival

    Movers and Shakers by Masoud Khamis

  • Sat 10 Feb: Women in Music

    An enormous gender divide exists in East Africa’s music industry. Especially in Tanzania, male domination persists with women barely visible on stage, in music production, management and promotions.

    How can this gap be bridged? How can more women be encouraged to participate and prosper in music?
    Movers & Shakers 2018 provides a space for men and women in the industry to learn and share experiences, to understand some of the challenges, to highlight successful role models and increase opportunities for women in East Africa’s music industry.



    Saida Karoli Artist from Tanzania
    Somi Artist from USA / East Africa
    Siti Amina Artist from Zanzibar
    Carola Kinasha Artist from Tanzania

    Movers and Shakers by Rashde Fidigo

  • Sun 11 Feb: Meet the Artists

    An up-close and intimate opportunity to hear from, Q & A and interact with some of the local and international artists at Sauti za Busara 2018.



    Zakes Bantwini South Africa
    Grace Matata Tanzania
    Mohamed Ilyas Zanzibar
    Msafiri Zawose Tanzania
    Journey Ramadhan SzB festival manager

    Ihhashi  Elimhlophe  (South  Africa)  interview  photo  by  Link  Reuben