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November 2009

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Sauti za Busara 2010

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The seventh edition of the Sauti za Busara music festival will take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 February 2010; admission is free to all EA Residents before 5pm.

Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) is an international festival celebrating East African music taking place around the second weekend of February each year in Zanzibar.

2010 fROOTS line-up advert

Announcing artists line-up 2010

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Confirmed Artists

(see 10 most looked at)

Thandiswa (South Africa) > Simba & Brown Band (Mozambique) > Debo  Band(Ethiopia / USA) > Ikwani Safaa Musical Club ft Tamalyn Dallal (Zanzibar / USA) >Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar) > Mari Boine (Norway) > Dawda Jobarteh(The Gambia) > Del & Diho (Mayotte) > Fresh Jumbe & African Express(Tanzania / Japan) > Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK) > Massar Egbari (Egypt) >Nyota Ndogo (Kenya) > Obibase (Guinea) > Sousou & Maher Cissoko(Senegal / Sweden) > Xova (UK) > Kunja Dance Theatre (Kenya) >Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) > Isaac Blackman & The Love Circle(Trinidad & Tobago) > Bamba Nazar & The Pilgrimage (Suriname / NL) > Jimmy Omonga(DRC / NL) > Joel Sebunjo & Sundiata (Uganda) > Makadem (Kenya) > Nass Makan(Egypt) > Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia) > Juliana Kanyomozi (Uganda) >Mzungu Kichaa (Denmark / Tanzania) > Jhikoman (Tanzania) > Best of WaPi (Tanzania) >Shirikisho Sanaa (Zanzibar) > Tunda Man (Tanzania) > Sosolya Dance Academy(Uganda) > Mapacha Africa (Kenya) > Swifatui Abraar Group (Tanzania) > DJ Eddy(Zanzibar) > DJ Yusuf (UK / Zanzibar) > Sowers Group (Tanzania) > Maia Von Lekow(Kenya) > Keita & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar) > Tunaweza Band (Tanzania) >KVZ Tupendane (Pemba) and more.

100% live on stage – no playback!

(website regularly
updated, more headline artists to be confirmed)

Thandiswa (South Africa)

Thandiswa (South Africa)

Joel Sebunjo & Sundiata (Uganda)

Joel Sebunjo (Uganda)

Tickets and Prices

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Featuring top-quality musical performances by more than 400 established and upcoming artists (40 groups in total), Sauti za Busara has already established itself as one of Africa’s leading music festivals. It’s an event that unites people in celebration.

The main stage of the festival is within Stone Town’s historic Old Fort. Performances run from Thursday through til Sunday, starting in the late afternoon, and continuing virtually non-stop into the evening, with the final band taking to the stage around midnight.

Admission is free to East African residents until 5pm. After that you need a ticket or pass. Prices vary for citizens, residents, and visitors. VIP tickets are available for those who prefer seating.

Visitor Info

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Want someone else to organise everything for you? 
– try Songlines Festival Tours


Want discount when booking accommodation? 
– ask Tabasam Tours for the “Busara discount”

For information about organised tours, discounts and other useful advice for visitors 
– please check our Visitor Info page.

More Opportunities

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Busara Xtra

Hey, it's not just us. With so many people in town all sorts of fringe events, activities and performances are organised by hotels, restaurants and businesses.
We call it “Busara Xtra” and we'll do our best to let you know what's happening.

If you are planning something – tell us your news – and we’ll promote it for free!


Only a few spaces remaining for stalls and traders.

For more information see
Deadline 1 December 2009.


Placing an advert in the festival programme is another great way to show your support and be associated with this celebrated event. Space is limited, and the deadline is looming.

For more information including tariff and sizes see
Deadline: All artwork by 11th December 2009


The festival would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and sponsors – both financial and 'in kind'. To all potential donors and sponsors, we have prepared a sponsorship pack, including a list of “benefits for logo sponsors”, and a list of imaginative ways that your name can be seen as part of the Festival's success.

For further details, please contact us before the 1 December 2009.

Prize Competition

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Zanzibar festival classics CD Busara Book: First Five Years
Busara t-shirts


Busara Books

Festival DVDs


and t-shirts

We have Christmas zawadi-bags to give away to three of our newsletter subscribers who best complete the following sentence:

"Seeing African music performed live in Africa is better because …… "

Send us your answers by email before 1st December to
Don’t forget to include your postal address and T-shirt size (S/M/L/XL/XXL)

Bi Kidude – DVD

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The myth and life of Bi Kidude

You can now order the DVD from Sterns Music (UK) and they will post anywhere in the world.

There's more information about the movie

“Impressive and engrossing” Charlie Gillett
“A remarkable documentary” Simon Broughton, Songlines
“A delight from beginning to end” Howard Male, The Independent
“A living folk-memory of Swahili music” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Bi Kidude film postcard


Without Whom… Thanks to our Sponsors

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Festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and generous support of our donors and sponsors, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible. At this stage of preparation, budgeting and planning are always a nightmare for us. We've received some promises and still need many more. So far, Festival 2010 is powered by:

principal sponsor

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main sponsors

HIVOS - people unlimited
Norwegian Embassy
British Council

logo sponsors


media sponsors

ZG Design

festival party sponsor


Goethe-Institut, US Embassy, UNDP, Gallery Tours, ZanAir, Memories of Zanzibar, Zanlink, Dhow Countries Music Academy , WOMEX, Embassy of Denmark, Stone Town Café, Mercury’s Restaurant, Archipelago Café & Restaurant, Tabasam Tours, Monsoon Restaurant, Linear Velocity, Footcandles,

Thanks also to: Ministry for Information, Culture & Sports, and to all the people of Zanzibar: 
"Shukurani kwa kukubali kuwa tamasha hili ni letu sote na mchango wenu ndio ambao umelifanikisha."

Contact Us

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Busara Promotions 
PO Box 3635 
Stone Town 
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Find us between Africa House and Serena Inn, opposite Amore Mio.

Tel: +255 24 223 2423
or +255 784 925 499
or +255 773 822 294

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