Final Call for Artists: Sauti za Busara 2013


Sauti za Busara is East Africa’s No. 1 music festival. The 10th edition is happening inside the Old Fort in Zanzibar Stone Town during 14 – 17 February 2013.

Celebrating Africa’s musical treasures, the festival showcases many of the Continent’s finest; all performing 100% live, from Friday through Sunday, 5pm ‘til 1am. More treats include African music films, the local food and crafts market, skills-building workshops, networking meetings for professionals, and of course Busara Xtra, with more music and cultural events all around Zanzibar Town as organized by the local community.

African musicians from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply for opportunities to showcase on the main stage at Sauti za Busara, by completing the online application and sending recordings to reach our office before 31 July. The festival selection takes place in August and all applicants are notified during September.



Friends of Busara Thank You Party


To thank friends of busara and supporters of the 2012 festival, we are hosting a Garden Party at the Busara office on Friday 22nd June. Including the first public screening of film documentary“More Than a Festival”; of course as always the event will also feature awesome music, warm vibes and great company.

By invitation only! Email in case you need to be invited.




Call for Donors & Festival Sponsors



Daily tickets for the festival cost less than US$2 for Tanzanian citizens. To help keep the event accessible for the local population we rely on support from donors and sponsors.

The festival acknowledges all donors and main sponsors with logos on festival homepage (last January alone www.busaramusic.orggenerated 3.4 million hits); also in newsletter updates (reaching 57,000 subscribers worldwide) and festival programmes, venue banners, stage announcements, in press releases and more…

If you may be interested to partner with the festival, for more information.



Job Vacancies with Busara


Managing Director (MD), Busara Promotions

Full time, two-year contract, starting 6 August 2012. Open to all nationalities (with minimum 3 years experience in NGO/arts senior management)

To be responsible for administrative and financial operations of the NGO

Send your CV and motivation letter to director@busara.or.tzbefore 30 June 2012

For more information click here

Technical Manager, Busara Promotions

Full time, six-month contract, starting 1 October 2012. Open to all nationalities (with minimum 5 years relevant experience)

To be responsible for providing technical support for Sauti za Busara Festival and other projects

Send your CV and motivation letter to director@busara.or.tzbefore 31 July 2012

For more information click here

Press Coordinator, Busara Promotions

Full time, six-month contract, starting 1 October 2012. Open to Tanzanian citizens and East African residents

Send your CV and motivation letter to busara@busara.or.tzbefore 31 July 2012

For more information click here


Busara Promotions is committed to diversity and gender equality and employing local people wherever possible. Please note only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.


Zanzibar Festivals Calendar


Hey, our festival is not the only one in town. Also coming soon to Zanzibar:

15th ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries: 
7 – 15 July, 2012

East Africa’s major film and arts festival, showcasing a broad spectrum of African & international creativity on the theme When Global Images Meet in Zanzibar. Read more

2nd Jahazi Literary and Jazz Festival: 
31 Aug – 2 Sept, 2012

A scintillating weekend of open-air jazz concerts, storytelling, poetry readings, music and literary workshops, VIP dinners and… read more


See calendar for more East African arts events

See calendar for other recommended African music festivals



Contact Us


Busara Promotions 
PO Box 3635 
Stone Town 
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Find us on the airport road, opposite Golf Club

Tel: +255 24 223 2423 
or +255 773 822 294