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    Call for applications: Sauti za Busara festival

    by Music in Africa, 31 March 2017

    Live music performers interested in participating in the 15th Sauti za Busara edition in Stone Town, Zanzibar, can now send in their applications. The festival, one of East Africa’s biggest, will take place between 8 and 11 February 2018 and the call for applications is open until 31 July 2017 ... read more

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    Appel à candidatures : festival Sauti za Busara

    by Music in Africa, 3 April 2017
    Les artistes intéressés à participer à la 15ème édition du festival Sauti za Busara qui se tient à Stone Town, Zanzibar, peuvent maintenant envoyer leurs demandes. Le festival, un des plus grands de l'Afrique de l'Est, se tiendra entre les 8 et 11 février 2018. L'appel à candidatures est ouvert jusqu'au 31 juillet 2017 ... read more

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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

  • BBC

    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

  • dailynews

    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

  • The citizen

    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

  • The citizen

    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