9 - 12 February 2017

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  • 3 Alikiba (Tanzania) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett
  • 5 Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Songs for peace awards winners
    (photo: Masoud Khamis)
  • 5 Songs for peace winners
    (photo: Masoud Khamis)
  • 5 Thais Diara (Senegal) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Sarabi (Kenya) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana / USA) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)

African music under African skies.
Music communicates. Music respects difference and values diversity. Through music, the world sees Africa is positive; Africa is vibrant, Africa is rich in its cultures and expressions.
In Stone Town, Zanzibar, 9th –12th February 2017, once again we share with you a magical and unforgettable four days.

Sauti za Busara is East Africa’s top festival, where the vibes are just perfect and ‘Full Mzuka!’ is guaranteed. Tickets are on sale now, with special discounts for Tanzanians, Africans and Early Birds worldwide. The full line up will be announced during October.

Sauti za Busara planned activities for February include:

  • 400 artists (40 groups) on three stages - and no ‘playback’!
  • Songs of Freedom / African Artists for Peace Concert
  • Swahili Encounters:  Local and visiting musicians meet, exchange and collaborate
  • Movers & Shakers: Local and visiting industry professionals meet, network and exchange
  • Festival Roadshow & Carnival Parade:Full Mzuka!’ across Zanzibar Town and outlying districts
  • Busara Xtra: Fringe Festival events across the island, as organised by local communities

Sauti za Busara showcases original, live, quality music that has cultural identity. At the same time this festival:

  • Builds local and global appreciation for African music
  • Creates jobs and builds livelihoods
  • Provides training and professionalism for East Africa’s creative industries
  • Promotes peace and unity, with respect for diversity
  • Defends human rights and freedom of expression
  • Boosts the economy, with traders reporting this is Zanzibar’s busiest week of the year.

To show your support, advertise or get involved click here.

We look forwards to welcome you next February in Zanzibar.
Karibuni; feel at home - and be inspired.
With best wishes to all from Team Busara

Busara_People_on_stage_SZB2382_by_Peter_Stanley
Busara People on stage SZB (photo by Peter Stanley)

Latest Media Coverage (see more media coverage here)

  • UK-born Sauti za Busara director prefers African music and books

    by Bamuturaki Musinguzi, The East African, 14 May 2016
    Yusuf Mahmoud was born and grew up in UK, where in the 1980s until the early 1990s he directed world music festivals, concerts and seminars, to raise awareness and promote a positive image of and solidarity with the global South. He moved to Zanzibar in 1998. In 2003, he set up Busara Promotions, a non-governmental organisation working in East Africa to... read more

  • Sauti za Busara: East Africa’s Premier Music Festival Returns in 2017

    An interview with festival director Yusuf Mahmoud, by africaspeaks4africa.org, 11 May 2016
    East Africa’s most celebrated festival, Sauti za Busara—an annual multi-day music and arts event held in the Swahili coastal trading town of East Africa’s Stone Town—was forced to cancel its 2016 edition. But the festival is back in its annual tradition guaranteeing a sonically diverse line-up and a festival ambitiously bigger in scale and scope... read more

  • Wito kwa Wasanii kushiriki tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2017

    By Tanzania Today, 20 April 2016
    Sauti za Busara ni tamasha lifanywalo kila mwaka mwezi wa Febrauri Zanzibar, huonesha muziki wa Afrika yote na kwengineko. Tamasha hilo limo kwenye mtandao wa CNN ilitoa orodha ya matasha 7 ya Afrika ambayo yanamvuto wa kipekee kuyaona... read more

  • Call for artists: Sauti za Busara 2017

    By Music In Africa, 12 April 2016
    One of the biggest music festivals on the continent, Sauti za Busara is set to resume at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 9 to 12 February 2017. The organisers are calling on interested artists to apply to perform. The 2017 edition comes after the organisers were forced to cancel the 2016 edition of the festival due to... read more

  • Of culture, donors and the collapse of Zanzibar’s top music festival

    By Matthew Mcnamara Morin, March 2, 2016
    Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara (a Swahili term meaning “sounds of wisdom”) is an annual festival with a mellifluous difference. It is one of Africa’s largest and most popular music festivals, yet it is unabashedly noncommercial.... read more

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