12 - 15 Feb 2015 Stone Town Zanzibar


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  • Kenya: Discard the Pride, Kenya Can Learn a Lot from Zanzibar

    by John Kariuki, The Star, 2 April 2015
    This year's 16th Cape Town International Jazz festival was hosted last weekend. Although the festival still bears the 'jazz' tag, there is a big representation of jazz-related events; those that are not necessarily jazz but have hints of it ..... read more

  • Messages is key for 'Blitz the Ambassador'

    by IMAN MANI, Daily News, 24 March 2015
    HIP-HOP and visual artist, Samuel Bazawule a.k.a. Blitz the Ambassador, finally returned to his New York, USA base LAST Friday. He had left music lovers entranced with his performance to close last month's Sauti za Busara music festival in..... read more

  • The Songlines Annual Festival Guide 2015

    by Songlines Magazine, 24 March 2015
    Songlines' definitive guide to the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and 25 Best International Festivals: Whether you want to discover Rajasthan's best-kept musical secrets inside a majestic fort, or soak up soothing beats in a beautiful English garden ..... read more

Sauti za Busara 2015: Together as One

In Stone Town, Zanzibar, February 2015, it’s 'full mzuka' and raining non-stop African music with Sauti za Busara, "one of Africa's best loved music festivals" (Rita Ray, BBC). Taste the vibes with Alikiba, Msafiri Zawose, Mim Suleiman, Leo Mkanyia & the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania), Liza Kamikazi (Rwanda), festival MC Irene Celine and more. 2'11"; ScreenStation (UK) & Busara Promotions (Tanzania). www.screenstation.net, www.busaramusic.org

  • Kenya: Sauti Za Busara Festival Rocks Music Lovers

    By Stanley Gazemba, ALL Africa, 11 March 2015
    The avenue meanders and dips and up ahead the modern buildings lining the avenue give way to the ancient stone buildings of Zanzibar's Stone Town. Strung up on the streetlights a banner welcomes us to the Sauti za Busara Festival..... read more

Once again, during 12 – 15 February 2015, Sauti za Busara brought people from across the world together in Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. Venues were full to capacity all four nights of the festival. The theme for this 12th edition was “Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!
Our message was received loud and clear: with peace and unity, Africa is the Future!

Festival organisers wholeheartedly thank all the artists who participated, all crew, donors and sponsors, media partners, and you the audiences, who helped make the 12th edition our most successful Sauti za Busara to date.

Music is a universal language. It communicates to all of us, rich or poor, regardless of language, religion, gender or politics. Music teaches us to respect our differences and value diversity. Through music and art, the world sees Africa is positive; Africa is vibrant, Africa is rich in its many cultures and expressions.

See links for latest media coverage, photos and videoclips. Stay connected with Busara website and newsletters, YouTube, facebook, twitter and instagram.

Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!

Sauti za Busara 2015: The Line Up

Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana / USA),   Alikiba (Tanzania),   Octopizzo and band (Kenya),   Ihhashi Elimhlophe (South Africa),   Tcheka (Cape Verde),   Sarabi (Kenya),   The Brother Moves On (South Africa),   Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar),   Ahamada Smis ‘Origines’ Trio (Comoros / France / Zanzibar),   Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK),   Isabel Novella (Mozambique),   Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania),   Aline Frazão (Angola),   Tsiliva (Madagascar),   Leo Mkanyia and the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania),   Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar),   Thaïs Diarra (Senegal / Mali / Switzerland),   Liza Kamikazi and band (Rwanda),   Erik Aliana (Cameroon),   Bonaya Doti (Kenya),   Mpamanga (Madagascar),   Mgodro Group (Zanzibar),   Djmawi Africa (Algeria),   Rico Single & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar),   Zee Town Sojaz (Zanzibar),   Ifa Band (Tanzania),   Mwahiyerani (Tanzania),   Tunaweza Band (Tanzania),   Mabantu Africa (Tanzania),   Cocodo African Music (Tanzania),   Kiki Kidumbaki (Zanzibar),   DCMA Young Stars (Zanzibar),   Capoeira Brazil Zanzibar (Zanzibar),   Shirikisho Sanaa Group (Zanzibar),   Babawatoto Centre (Tanzania),   Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various),   and more.

  • Live Music

    African Films

    19 music groups represented Tanzania, with 18 groups from other African countries. All performed 100% live!

  • African Music Films

    African Films

    African Music Films:  documentaries, music clips, videos and live concert footage.

  • Movers & Shakers

    Movers and shakers

    Movers & Shakers: Daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals.

  • Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra:  Around the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional music, fashion shows, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest Taarab orchestras.

  • Songs for Peace Competition

    Song for Peace
    Click here to read more on the Songs for Peace competition and award-winners

  • Seminars and Training Workshops

    Seminar and Training workshop

    Building skills for artists, managers, technicians, filmmakers and journalists from the East Africa region.

  • Festival marketplace


    Festival marketplace: food and drinks, CDs, merchandise, and local handicrafts.


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