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SzB 2012 Artists confirmed
Carnival Parade
Busara Xtra fringe events
Visitors Info
Tickets and passes
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Stalls and Traders
Be a Friend of Busara
Like us on facebook
Thanks to our sponsors
Contact us

Sauti za Busara 2012 artists confirmed


The 9th edition of Sauti za Busara music festival takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from Wed 8 – Sun 12 February 2012. 100% LIVE African music under African skies. Here is what you can expect to see on our stage in February.

artists list
Jagwa Music (Tanzania)  Super Mazembe (DRC / Kenya)  Lady Jaydee (Tanzania)  Nneka (Nigeria)  Tumi & The Volume (South Africa)  Ary Morais (Cape Verde)  Companhia Nacional de Canto e Dança (Mozambique)  Bi Kidude (Zanzibar)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar)  Ndere Troupe (Uganda)  Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania)  Ogoya Nengo (Kenya)  Chébli Msaïdie (Comoros)  Kozman Ti Dalon (Reunion)  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 to be confirmed

artists list

Programme may be subject to change. Check for regular updates on artists and events.


Carnival Parade


festival parade

Zanzibar’s BIGGEST Street Parade to date. The festival activities in the Old Fort kick off in style with the Carnival Street Parade happening on the 9th Feb. The parade features, beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers and acrobats and plenty other surprises. Everyone is welcome to join in the parade – a unique experience, and a great way to see StoneTown and surrounding areas.

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Busara Xtra fringe events


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During the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of Busara Xtra fringe events for you to truly enjoy the full Zanzibar experience. Ngoma drum and dance performances, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and open rehearsals of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras are all arranged by the local community.

This is also an opportunity for the local community to host events, and we help spread the word.
Let us know of your festival related activities and we can advertise it in the programme. For more details see Busara Xtra.



Visitors info


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It’s time to get ready for your trip to Zanzibar. Go to our Visitor Info page for information to make your planning easier and tips for local tours and discounts.
Songlines Festival Tours (Europe) or Zanzibar Festival Tours (North America) can also assist with international travel to the festival.
For Zanzibar hotel bookings and enquiries we recommend Tabasam Tours


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


Stalls and Traders



During the festival some stalls are available for rental, allowing you to trade or display your goods within the festival venue. During the festival we see around 20 000 people passing through The Old Fort.
If you have interesting goods or tasty treats to sell contact, to secure your spot before 31 December 2011. For more information on stalls go here


Be a Friend of Busara


Would you like to help support the festival and reach new audiences?
We offer your business a logo and link directing visitors from our website to yours.
Our website presently gets 1.7million hits per month.

This is an opportunity for your business to support THE East African music festival and target your message to music enthusiasts, culture vultures, eco-travellers and arts professionals from all around the world.
For more details of how you can get involved visit Friends of Busara

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Like us on Facebook



To join the busara family, check out our facebook page for 2012 artists music videos and other interesting stories from Planet Busara.
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Thanks to donors & sponsors


Festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and support of 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 Toyota logo cba logo
African Leisure Centre memories of Zanzibar Fly540

from the american people   French Embasy Tz
Media Partners
fROOTS   Times Radio FM

Thanks to:
SMOLE II, Zanlink, Azam Marine, Embassy of France, Ultimate Security, 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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