7 – 10 February 2019

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Kasai Allstars (DRC)Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)Somi (Uganda / USA)Saida Karoli (Tanzania)Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania)Ribab Fusion (Morocco)Kidum & the Boda Boda Band (Burundi / Kenya)Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)Matona's Cultural Band (Zanzibar / Tanzania)Makadem (Kenya)Diana Samkange ‘MaNgwenya’ (Zimbabwe)Fatma Zidan (Egypt / Denmark)Inganzo Ngari (Rwanda)Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania / Denmark)Segere Original (Tanzania)Simangavole (Reunion)Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya)El Dey (Algeria)Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)Simbin Project (Senegal / Switzerland)CAC Fusion (Tanzania)Mbanaye (Malawi)Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi)Isack Abeneko (Tanzania)Grace Matata (Tanzania)Safi Theatre (Tanzania)Siti & the Band (Zanzibar)Mapanya Band (Zanzibar)Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble (Zanzibar)...and more

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Sauti za Busara brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies.

The 2018 edition rocked the walls of Stone Town with 46 shows on three stages: Thu 8 - Sun 11 February. 100% live!

#UnitedinMusic: 400 artists,46 shows, 3 stages: Old Fort Main Stage, Amphitheatre & Forodhani Gardens

Latest Media Coverage (see more media coverage here)

  • Bongo News

    Call for applications: Sauti za Busara 2019

    by Music in Africa, 11 April 2018

    The organisers of Sauti za Busara festival are calling on performing artists whose music is connected to Africa to apply for the event scheduled to take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar, from 7 to 10 February 2019 ... read more

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The Citizen

    Is this a new dawn at Sauti za Busara?

    by The Citizen, 30 March 2018

    The 2018 edition of the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar was dubbed by organisers as one of their best, drawing over 10,000 attendances at the Old Fort in Stone Town. The ATM machines across town perhaps tell a better story as they were all empty by Saturday morning given the amount of withdrawals that were made on Friday night... read more

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The Citizen

    How far will Emerson’s vision take Zanzibar music?

    by The Citizen, 23 February 2018

    At a time when music awards in Tanzania have taken a long-term hiatus, hearing of any award that targets musicians is something that’s greeted both with joy and a bit of uncertainty. Recently in Zanzibar, a beacon of light was left gleaming as the Sauti za Busara festivities came to a close ... read more

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Global Voices

    At Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara Festival, Music Professionals Ask: Can One Song Really Change the World?

    by Amanda Lichtenstein, Global Voices, 20 February 2018

    As part of the festival, the daily networking series Movers & Shakers invited industry stakeholders to the table for three days of dialogue related to music on the continent. The first day featured a conversation on “music for change” moderated by festival director Yusuf Mahmoud, who opened the session by posing the question, “Can one song really change the world?” ... read more

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Global Voices

    East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

    by Amanda Lichtenstein, Global Voices, 14 February 2018

    “Women in music: We have made ourselves known in the music industry around the world. Yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist,” said Carola Kinasha, a Tanzanian-based musician and activist who recently moderated a panel discussion on women in music. “It’s not that we’re not skillful enough. It’s that all the decision-makers are men.” ... read more

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