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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017 (part 2)

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 March 2017

    This month, Rita Ray presents the second of two programmes of stunning highlights from the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar (50 mins, listen here)

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    Aiming to play more than Africa’s music

    By Iman Mani, Daily News, 8 March 2017

    It’s now sealed into history that after one year’s gap, the Sauti za Busara international music festival came back with a bang last month. During the four-day celebration of African music in Stone Town, Zanzibar, 40 bands of which 50 per cent were locals, with over 400 artists presented their musical sounds on three different stages to ... read more

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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 Feb 2017

    Global Beats heads to one of Africa's best music festivals - Sauti za Busara, in Zanzibar. The festival returns after a year's absence with a stunning line-up including artists from Cameroon, Reunion, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Morocco, the Seychelles, and of course Tanzania. Presenter Rita Ray, talks to our pick of the bunch, and brings you the best of... listen here

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    Sauti za Busara zilivyochangamsha Zanzibar

    Sammy Awami, BBC Swahili, 15 Feb 2017

    Tamasha kubwa la Muziki Afrika Mashariki Sauti za Busara lilimaliza Jumapili usiku visiwani Zanzibar. Mwaka jana tamasha hilo halikuweza kufanyika kwasababu ya ukosefu wa fedha, lakini mwaka huu baada ya kupatikana na wadhamini, tamasha hilo limefanikiwa kufanyika. Je, tamasha hili lilifana kiasi gani baada ya kurejea. Angalia video

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    Sauti za Busara: From place of execution to top African festival

    Music In Africa, 15 Feb 2017

    The island of Zanzibar was once again the setting of the annual Sauti za Busara music festival, an eclectic gathering of live acts from across the African continent. Held under the theme #AfricaUnited, the festival and its organisers brought together African artists and fans from around the globe in the face of a divided world where ... read more

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    Highlife veteran Pat Thomas steals show at Sauti za Busara

    By Iman Mani, Daily News, 14 Feb 2017

    VETERAN Highlife vocalist and songwriter Pat Thomas flew into Zanzibar from Ghana, with the Kwashibu Area Band on Saturday and gave a thrilling performance before boarding the flight back to Ghana the following day. They have an appointment in Ghana today, which couldn't be missed, Thomas said. All-the-same, they couldn't miss the opportunity to perform at the Sauti za Busara on Saturday night... read more

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    Zanzibar's famous music festival - back for good?

    By Sammy Awami, BBC News, 13 Feb 2017

    Zanzibar's famous Sauti za Busara music festival, which translates as the 'Sounds of Wisdom', wrapped up over the weekend. Widely regarded as the best event of its kind in East Africa, the festival nonetheless failed to take place last year, due to lack of funds. So what might the future hold? Sammy Awami of BBC News went along to find out... read more

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    Ngoma ya Kiumbizi kutoka Pemba yapamba tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2017

    By Andrew Chale, 13 Feb 2017

    MO Blog, ilipata kufanya mahojiano na kundi hilo la Kiumbizi ambapo kwanza waliweza kutoa ufafanuzi wa asili ya ngoma hiyo na aina ya uchezaji ni asili ya watu wa kutokea Pemba ambao waliamua kuanzisha mchezo huo wa kuzunguka na kisha kupigana na fimbo ndio maana ya 'Kiumbizi' ili kujihami kutoka mateso ya Wakoloni wa Kireno ambao waliwatesa kwa kuwachapa mara kwa mara na fimbo hizo ambazo zilikuwa zikiwajeruhi na... soma zaidi

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    Ignoring Busara Festival is belittling ourselves

    OpEd, The Citizen, 13 Feb 2017

    Mwalimu Julius Nyerere used to remind us, 'mdharau mila ni mtumwa' (he who disregards his traditions is a slave). This assertion hits us bang in the face when we look at the arts and culture scene in the country. Our modern-day musicians are getting increasingly obsessed with foreign beats, even as they purport to play Tanzanian music they call Bongo Flava ... read more

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    Minister rallies support for Sauti za Busara festival

    By Paul Owere, The Citizen, 13 Feb 2017

    Every February, Zanzibar hosts one of Africa's most revered music festivals. Known as Sauti za Busara - Swahili for "Sounds of Wisdom" the event brings together people from around the world to celebrate African music under African skies. This year's is not any different … read more

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    Hundreds attend "Sauti za Busara" festival in Zanzibar

    By Susan Mwongeli, CGTN Africa, 10 Feb 2017

    Every February, Zanzibar hosts one of Africa's most revered music festivals. Known as Sauti za Busara - Swahili for "Sounds of Wisdom" the event brings together people from around the world to celebrate African music under African skies. This year's is not any different … see video

  • Tamasha la Sauti za Busara laendelea kukuza Utamaduni wa Utalii Zanzibar

    By Andrew Chale, MO Dewji Blog, 6 Feb 2017

    Alhamis ya wiki hii ya tarehe 9 Februari tamasha la Sauti za Busara litaanza na sekta ya utalii ndani ya viunga vya Ngome Kongwe, Unguja visiwani Zanzibar itachukua sura mpya. Hii ni baada ya mwaka mmoja wa kutofanyika kwa tamasha hilo, sasa tamasha limerudi kuutangaza utamaduni, kujenga uwezo na kukuza uchumi wa ndani pamoja na kutoa ajira na mafunzo kwa watu wa ... soma zaidi

  • Reggae to take centrestage at Sauti za Busara

    By The East African, 4 Feb 2017

    The organisers of Sauti za Busara, the annual music festival held in Zanzibar, will for the first time headline reggae music this year for fans of this genre. Three reggae bands will perform under the banner of #AfricaUnited, a clear message to artists that it's high time they exploited the power of ... read more

  • Ubalozi wa Uswisi nchini wachangia Tamasha la Sauti za Busara

    By Rabi Hume, 4 Feb 2017

    Ubalozi wa Uswisi umechangia zaidi ya shilingi milioni 260 ili kuwezesha tamasha la muziki la Sauti za Busara kwa miaka mitatu ijayo. Balozi wa Uswisi nchini Tanzania, Mhe. Florence Tinguely Mattli, alikutana na Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Wadhamini ya Busara Promotions Mhe. Simai Mohammed kwa ajili ya makabidhiano katika ofisi za … soma zaidi

  • Sauti za Busara to boost Tanzania's cultural tourism

    By Music In Africa, 2 Feb 2017

    On Thursday, 9 February 2017 the 14th edition of the Sauti za Busara festival will kick-off in Stone Town, Zanzibar to promote local culture, build technical capacities, and boost the local economy through the employment and training of East Africans. The event has generated over $70 million in revenue for Zanzibar since it began in 2004. Every year, the small team of ten expands to... read more

  • Busara is all about music with identity

    by Paul Owere, The Citizen, 27 Jan 2017

    Zanzibar. The cancellation of the 2016 edition of the Sauti Za Busara was somehow an anti climax and the abrupt hiatus broke several hearts both on the Isles and elsewhere on the continent. … read more

  • Tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2017 kulindima Februari 9-12, Wasanii 400 wa Afrika jukwaani Zanzibar

    by Andrew Chale, Mo Dewji Blog, 24 Jan 2017

    Uongozi wa Busara Promotions wenye makao yake Visiwani Zanzibar, mapema leo 24 Januari 2017, umetoa taarifa kwavyombo vya habari juu ya kufanyika kwa tamasha hilo mwezi ujao yaani 9-12 Februari mwaka huu huku likitarajia kupandisha wasanii 400 … soma zaidi

  • Wasanii 400 kupamba Sauti za Busara

    Gazeti la Mwananchi, 20 Jan 2017

    Jumla ya wasanii 400 kutoka katika nchi mbalimbali barani Afrika wanatarajiwa kutumbuiza kwenye tamasha la kimataifa la Sauti za Busara litakaloanza Februari 9 hadi 12 mwaka huu… soma zaidi

  • Sauti za Busara festival makes a come back

    by Transafricaradio, 10 January 2017

    Excitement and anticipation are rising fast for Sauti za Busara, one of the continent's most respected African music festivals. Due to the uncertainty around the elections in Zanzibar, the 13th edition of the annual Sauti za Busara festival was delayed for over a year. But now everything is back on course for a great festival that will explore the theme "Africa United", with 400 artists performing on … read more

  • Music festival returns to Zanzibar

    by African Independent, 10 Dec 2016

    Excitement and anticipation are rising fast for Sauti za Busara, one of the continent's most respected African music festivals. Due to the uncertainty around the elections in Zanzibar, the 13th edition of the annual Sauti za Busara festival was delayed for over a year. But now everything is back on course for a great festival that will explore the theme "Africa United", with 400 artists performing on … read more

  • Sauti za Busara announces 2017 artist line-up

    by Music In Africa, 26 Oct 2016

    East Africa's leading music festival Sauti za Busara has announced the line-up for the 2017 edition, which will be held between 9 and 12 February in Zanzibar. The line-up presents a diverse selection from around the continent and the diaspora and includes 25 acts from within East Africa. For many of the artists, this will be their debut performance at the festival and in East Africa … read more

  • 9 – 12 February, 2017: East Africa’s top music festival returns to Zanzibar

    Published on Sep 15, 2016

    Sauti za Busara 2017 festival teaser (1 min)

    Directed by Merete Stubhaug
  • Sauti za Busara fest planning massive comeback in 2017

    by Music in Africa, Sep 16, 2016

    Faced with a lack of funds, the Sauti za Busara festival cancelled its 13th edition which was to take place in 2016. Anticipation is now building up ahead of the festival's comeback event in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 9 - 12 February 2017 ... read more

  • Joto la Sauti za Busara 2017, lapamba moto

    By Andrew Chale on August 30, 2016
    Joto la Sauti za Busara linazidi kupanda baada ya kutangazwa kurudi tena kwa tamasha hilo bora kabisa barani Afrika litakaloanza tarehe 9 – 12 Februari 2017.

    Baada ya kupokea maombi takribani mia sita kutoka kwa wasanii wanaotaka kushiriki, waandaaji wameshachagua vikundi shiriki na kwa hakika mwezi februari wapenzi wa muziki watashuhudia wasanii mahiri watakaokutanishwa ndani ya kanda ya Afrika Mashariki... read more

  • 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

  • What was the impact for Zanzibar with no Sauti za Busara 2016?

    Produced by : Abdallah Pandu, Star TV, February 22, 2016 .

    This documentary features festival organisers, government and business leaders and other stakeholders discussing the importance of Sauti za Busara and its contributions for economic growth and social development in Zanzibar, Tanzania and beyond (20:36 mins).

  • With no Sauti za Busara, will February still be Zanzibar’s busiest month?

    By In-house Kenya, February 4, 2016
    Year after year, Sauti za Busara drew growing crowds to the country and was seen as an integral part of the annual calendar of events for both Zanzibar and Tanzania as a whole .... read more

  • Zanzibar counts its losses without busara

    By Paul Owere, January 29, 2016
    It is a few days to February and there is very little activity around the Ngome Kongwe (Old Fort), an area that has been home to the Sauti Za Busara festivals.

    Apart from the few visitors arriving at the Forodhani Food Market to sample some of the Zanzibari delicacies there is not much going on.... read more

  • For Africa’s creative economy to thrive, it must be self-sustaining

    By Musinguzi Bamuturaki, Daily Nation, Nov 26, 2015
    The announcement by Busara Promotions that they will not be holding the Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar next year is a stark reminder that lack of local financial support is a major impediment to the growth of Africa’s creative economy... read more

  • Shining light on festival programming in Africa

    by Beth Achitsa, Music In Africa, Nov 25, 2015
    Festivals provide space for both emerging bands and established performers to showcase their talent. Without their support, the African musical landscape would look very different. As the continent's festival scene continues to grow and new festivals emerge all around, Music In Africa spoke to organizers of various African festivals on what it takes to put together an exciting program for the audience and what artists need to do to earn a place at the various festivals. … read more

  • Sarabi ghetto boys hitting high notes

    By by Salome Gregory, The Citizen, Nov 23 rd 2015
    The first time I watched a Sarabi band performance was at the 12 th edition of the Sauti za Busara festival early this year at Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar. The audience that evening was worked up as the Afro fusion band gave them a feel of their heart warming hits in a performance that … read more

  • "African leaders need to prioritize arts and culture"

    By Busara Promotions Nov 11, 2015
    Evidence shows that the creative economy is an increasingly powerful driver of development. Figures published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in May 2013 show that world trade of creative goods and services totalled a record $624 billion in 2011, more than doubling since 2002. The average annual growth rate during that period was 8.8%, with growth in developing-country exports of creative goods being even stronger; averaging 12.1% annually over the same period. Journey Ramadhan, projects manager at Busara Promotions in Zanzibar, wonders why African governments do not seem to prioritize arts and culture, despite the contribution of these industries to the economic growth... read more

  • Music In Africa at African Creative Economy Conference

    By musicinafrica.net; Nov 9, 2015
    A panel discussion on the first day titled ‘Music and the Economy’ was moderated by Faisal Kiwewa from the Bayimba Foundation in Uganda. The panel also featured Andre Le Roux, who showed examples of well-conceived city-based initiatives to show how these projects were contributing to grow the vibrant live music scene in South Africa. Yusuf Mahmoud from Busara Promotions in Zanzibar discussed the recent decision not to host Sauti za Busara festival in 2016, highlighting the significant contribution of festivals to the local economy and the need for support of such festivals through public private partnerships....read more

  • Sauti za Busara Is Worth Saving. Here’s Why…

    by By Kampire Bahana October 5, 2015
    Our society undervalues the creative arts. This is an unfortunate fact. In the developing world, artisan activity is the 2nd largest employer after agriculture, generating $34 billion a year. Yet it still remains woefully underfunded in East Africa, along with its emaciated family of creative industries; visual arts, film and music... read more

  • Where to for the cancelled Sauti za Busara festival?

    by Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi, Mail & Guardian, 1st Sept 2015
    The festival's director has vowed that this lively celebration of East African music will be back bigger and stronger in 2017... read more

  • Sauti za Busara Festival Canceled for 2016

    by Tom Pryor, Afropop Worldwide, August 27, 2015
    Zanzibar’s long-running Sauti za Busara Festival recently announced the cancellation of its 2016 edition, scheduled for February of next year. The annual festival, one of the largest in East Africa, ran for the last 12 years in Zanzibar’s Stone Town and provided a valuable showcase for local Swahili talent, from taraab legends Bi Kidude and Culture Musical Club, to homegrown Tanzanian pop and hip-hop... read more

  • Zanzibar Music Festival may collapse

    by Sunday News Reporter in Zanzibar, 16 August 2015
    THE 13th edition of the Zanzibar Music (Sauti za Busara) festival may not go ahead as planned in 2016 due to lack of funds, the show’s organiser has warned.... read more

  • 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

  • Transporting listeners across the world through music

    by Iman Mani, Daily News, 3rd March 2015
    ALIKIBA (Ally Saleh Kiba) was not the only artist from the Mainland to perform in front of a full house at the just-ended Sauti za Busara (SZB) (Sounds of Wisdom) music festival, four-day event. Yes, he was the act to close the opening .... read more

  • Sauti za Busara Shakes up Stone Town with a global audience

    by AfricanMbiu.com; 24 February 2015
    Once again, during 12 –15 February 2015, Sauti za Busara brought people from across the world together in a sea of humanity displayed at Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. The theme for this 12th edition was “Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!” .... read more

  • Global Beats from Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar

    with Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 22 February 2015
    Now in its twelfth year, Sauti Za Busara has gained a reputation as one of Africa's best and most respected music events. All the music is live, and, as Global Beats presenter Rita Ray found out, artists are keen to be chosen to perform: they see it is a badge of honour and proof of their musicianship .... read more


Zanzibar : Sauti za Busara s'installe parmi les... by lemondefr

Du 12 au 15 février, la capitale de Zanzibar, Stone Town, a accueilli la 12e édition du festival international de musique africaine Sauti za Busara. Avec environ dix-huit mille visiteurs et plus d'une trentaine d'artistes venus de tout le continent, l'événement est aujourd'hui considéré comme l'un des sept plus grands festivals africains

  • Sauti za Busara a festival like no other

    by Salome Gregory, The Citizen; February 20, 2015
    It is a festival that draws attention throughout the continent and beyond as it attracts visitors from almost every corner of the world. And this time around it wasn’t going to be an exception; the Stone Town was abuzz with visitors as ... read more

"A unique music festival in one of the most beautiful places on Earth"
with Maria Galang, CCTV Africa; 14 Feb 2015

Founded in 1958, Culture Musical Club is Zanzibar's most prolific and successful band playing traditional taarab sounds and as the festival grows in popularity every year, the group still prefers to play at the Sauti za Busara festival, African music under African skies. "A unique music festival in one of the most beautiful places on Earth"