Swahili Encounters continues to play an important role in offering opportunities for musicians from different backgrounds a forum to meet, exchange and learn from each other, whilst forging new directions in artistic collaboration.
Throughout the year, and especially during the week before Sauti za Busara, Busara works in collaboration with Zanzibar’s Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) to offer a space for select artists to create new music. As their contributions begin to fuse, something special is born. Over four days the musicians experiment, rehearse and develop new compositions, or new interpretations from the traditional Swahili repertoire. Results from these collaborations are then shared with audiences on main stage at the festival.
East African musicians rarely have such opportunities to meet and exchange, and always ask for more. In fact, previous participants often report this as their personal highlight of the entire festival experience.