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Issue : October 18 2011

Sauti za Busara 2012



The 9th edition of Sauti za Busara music festival takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from

Wed 8 to Sun 12 February 2012. 100% LIVE African music under African skies.

Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) brings people together in celebration, with a diverse and delicious mix of music from all over East Africa and beyond.

Opening the festival will be the island´s largest Carnival Street Parade, with beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers and acrobats. Inside the Old Fort, music groups from all around Africa perform daily from 5pm til 1am.

After sunset, the African Music Film programme kicks in with music videos and clips, documentaries and live concert footage. Local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts are close by in the festival marketplace. Meanwhile, the island is buzzing with a range of Busara Xtra fringe events: ngoma drum and dance performances, fashion shows, dhow races, open­mic sessions, after-parties and open rehearsals of Zanzibar´s oldest taarab orchestras are all arranged by the local community.

Line up announcement


Artists already confirmed for Sauti za Busara 2012 include

Super Mazembe (DRC / Kenya)  Ally Kiba (Tanzania)  Nneka (Nigeria)  Tumi & The Volume (South Africa)  Ary Morais (Cape Verde)  Companhia Nacional de Canto e Danca (Mozambique)  EJ von Lyrik (South Africa)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar)  Ndere Troupe (Uganda)  Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania)  Ogoya Nengo (Kenya)  Chébli Msaïdie (Comoros)  Kozman Ti Dalon (Reunion)  Teba Shumba (South Africa)  Skuli ya Kiongoni (Zanzibar)  Kidumbaki JKU (Zanzibar)  Utamaduni JKU (Zanzibar)  Shirikisho Sanaa (Zanzibar)  Seven Survivor (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania)  Hanitra (Madagascar)  Jembe Culture Group (Tanzania)  Leo Mkanyia (Tanzania)  Swahili Vibes Band (Zanzibar)  Qwela (Uganda)  Tandaa Traditional Group (Zanzibar)  Wanafunzi wa SOS (Zanzibar)    and more artists being confirmed

EJ Von Lyrik Ally Kiba Nneka

EJ von Lyrik (South Africa)

Ally Kiba (Tanzania)

Nneka (Nigeria)

Programme may be subject to change. Check for regular updates on artists and events.
See more exciting new features on our website including Music Charts, Top African Music Festivals, East African Arts Events Calendar, photo galleries and video clips

Tickets and Passes


The Old Fort has a limited capacity. For peace of mind and to guarantee access to all events we recommend booking your All Festival Pass in advance, and before end of January. With your All Festival Pass you will receive a complimentary souvenir programme.
Book tickets here:ZANZIBAR-ISLANDS.COM

Call for Movers & Shakers


mover and shakers We are looking for African music professionals with success stories to share at the next Movers & Shakers Networking Forum in Stone Town, Zanzibar during February 2012.

Movers & Shakers is the warm, informal meeting place for local and visiting arts professionals to meet and greet during Sauti za Busara music festival. Sessions take place during 3 - 5pm for participants to discuss, exchange information and develop ideas for the creative industries in East Africa & beyond.

Movers & Shakers is free and open to all invited artists, managers, promoters, journalists, donors, sponsors and arts professionals.

If you have an inspiring story to share or wish to participate, email

Final call for African music films


We are looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining music films to screen, from the African Continent and diaspora. These may be full length features, recorded concerts, documentaries, music clips and videos or more experimental films. We are looking primarily for:

> Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa

> Films that tell of new and unheard of sounds as well as established artists

> Music films that represent the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond

Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English
Deadline for applications: 18th November 2011.

More information and application form at

If you have a suggestion, link, or African music video you think we should know about, please email

Visitor info


Looking for a reliable company to assist you in organising your trip to the festival? Try Songlines Festival Tours (Europe) or Zanzibar Festival Tours (North America)

For Zanzibar hotel bookings and enquiries we recommend Tabasam Tours

For more information about travel to Zanzibar, local tours and discounts see Visitor Info

Musical Migrants Zanzibar


Weds 19 Oct, 15:45 (UK time) on BBC Radio 4

Watching the Live Aid concert on television in the mid 80s changed the life of Englishman, Yusuf Mahmoud. At the time, Yusuf was working as a milkman in Cheltenham and doing the odd bit of DJ-ing, but when he realised music could be used as a tool for change he got involved in music promotion and festival organising for the Anti-Apartheid Movement and similar operations.

After several years, an opportunity arose for him to work at the first Zanzibar International Film Festival. Driven by his interest in the music of the region, he headed to Tanzania intending to stay for only six months. Thirteen years on, he's still there and has set up the Sauti za Busara festival - a thriving festival that promotes the music of East Africa... read more / listen here

Find us at WOMEX, Copenhagen


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Yusuf & Rosie from Busara Promotions will be at WOMEX in Copenhagen during Oct 26 -30.
Visit us at WOMEX Stand M.07

Zanzibar Leaders for Culture Forum


Zanzibar Beach Resort, Thurs 17 November

Busara Promotions is hosting a forum for invited stakeholders. The meeting brings together representatives from public and private sectors including Zanzibar Government, the tourism industry, key business leaders and cultural operators to explore the impact of festivals in Zanzibar, strengthen alliances and develop partnerships.
Please contact for more information.


Thanks to donors & sponsors


Festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and generous support of our donors and sponsors, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible. At this stage of preparation, budgeting and planning gives us sleepless nights. We've received a few promises of assistance and still need more before everything can be 100% confirmed.

So far, Sauti za Busara 2012 is powered by:

Principal Donors
Norwegian Embassy
Main Donors
hivos GoeTheInstitut Roskilde festival
Grand Malt logo memories of Zanzibar African Leisure Centre
from the american people
Media Partners
fROOTS   Times Radio FM

Zanlink, Multi-Color Printers, Tabasam Tours, Emerson Spice, Monsoon Restaurant, Mercury's, Archipelago Restaurant, Stone Town Café,

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Contact us


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Busara Promotions
PO Box 3635
Stone Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Find us on the airport road, opposite Golf Club

Tel: +255 24 223 2423
or +255 773 822 294

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