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October 2010

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Sauti za Busara 2011

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Sauti za Busara 2011
THE East African Music Festival!

The eighth edition of Sauti za Busara music festival takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar 9 – 13 February 2011. Five nights of 100% live African music under African skies.

Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) is an international festival showcasing and celebrating the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond.

Preparations are coming alon
g nicely for next year’s music extravaganza, which we expect to be the biggest and best yet. Sauti za Busara 2011 will feature the island’s largest Carnival Street Parade: setting alight the streets on Opening Day, including beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira, acrobats and surprises. Aside from the main stage programme, featuring forty music groups from all around Africa, there will be the African Music Film programme with documentaries, music videos, clips and live concert footage along with the festival marketplace: local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts.

There will also be Swahili Encounters 4-days of artistic collaborations, for invited local and visiting musicians and seminars and training workshops, building skills for artists, managers, music journalists, sound and lighting technicians and filmmakers from the East Africa region. Movers & Shakers provides a daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professional

Regular updates on line-up and programme of events / Photo galleries of earlier editions / Profiles of all artists who participated during 2004 – 2010 / Video blogs and press coverage Sauti za Busara 2010

Announcing artists line-up 2011

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Provisional Line Up

(see 10 most looked at)

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)  Blick Bassy (Cameroon)  Cheikh Lô(Senegal)  Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius)  Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali) Kwani Experience (South Africa)  Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania) Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar) Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various) Yaaba Funk (UK)  Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden) Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar)  Swahili Encounters Group (Various) Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal)  GEATA (Ethiopia)  Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea) Groove Lélé (Reunion)  NEWS Quartet (Various)  Vusa Mkhaya & Band (Various) Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Les Go de Kotéba(Cote d'Ivoire)  Djaaka (Mozambique)  Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya) Lelelele Africa (Kenya)  Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya)  Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya) Black Roots (Zanzibar)  Sauda (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania) Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania)  Tom Diakité (Mali)  and more.

100% live on stage – no playback!

(website regularly updated, more artists to be confirmed)

Les Freres

Les Freres Sissoko (Senegal)


Muthoni The Drummer Queen

Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)

Black Roots (Zanzibar)

Black Roots (Zanzibar)


Last call for African music films & clips

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New for the 2011 festival is the African Music Film programme. Throughout five nights the Old Fort’s amphitheatre becomes a cinema space under the stars where music films will be screened, complementing more than forty live music shows on the main stage next door.

We are looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining music films from the African Continent and diaspora. These may be full length features, recorded concerts, documentaries, music clips and videos or more experimental films. We’re looking primarily for:

  1. Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa
  2. Films that tell of new and unheard of sounds as well as established artists
  3. Music films that represent the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond

Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English
Deadline for applications: 12th November 2010. 
More info and application form at www.busaramusic.org/callforfilm

If you have just a suggestion, link, or favorite African music video that you think we should know about, please do just send an email to busara@busara.or.tz

Tickets and Prices

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Featuring top-quality musical performances by more than 400 established and upcoming artists (around 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 Wednesday through til Sunday, starting in the late afternoon, and continuing virtually non-stop, with the final band taking to the stage around midnight.

Admission is free to local people until 6pm. After that everyone needs a ticket or
. Prices vary for citizens, residents, and visitors. VIP tickets are available for those who prefer seating.

Visitor Info

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Want a reliable company to organise everything for you? – try Songlines Festival Tours (Europe) or Zanzibar Festival Tours (North America)

For information about travel to Zanzibar, local tours, discounts and other useful advice for visitors, check ourVisitor Info page.

Busara Xtra

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It is not just Busara Promotions who are putting on a show. All around Zanzibar will be other events, activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Busara Xtra is the umbrella brand for fringe activities of cultural interest to festival visitors, outside of the main programme.

In the past these included Swahili fashion shows, garden feasts, poetry competitions, ngoma nights, a dhow race, open mic sessions and plenty more live music in hotels and restaurants.

Why not host an exhibition, fashion show, Swahili food event or African music disco? We invite everyone in Zanzibar interested in hosting an event to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

All events will be advertised for free on the official Busara Xtra webpage on our home site which is currently receiving around 500,000 hits a month. Also your event will be listed in the official Festival Programme, of which 3000 copies will be sold during festival time and distributed internationally through the following year.

Deadline for information to be included and promoted as part of Busara Xtra:  December 13, 2010.

Be a Logo Sponsor

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This is the perfect opportunity for your business to make THE East African music festival happen.

How? By becoming an official Logo sponsor. see website

Busara Stalls

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If you want to have a stall during the festival please apply here. English Kiswahili

Advertise or be a Friend of Busara

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Advertising space is limited, but placing an advert in the festival programme is another great way to show your support and be associated with this celebrated event. For more information including tariffs and sizes see website.

You can also become an official “friend of Busara” and get your logo seen. see website

Visit us at WOMEX, Copenhagen

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Womex10: come find us on Stand no. 130


During October 27 – 30 
Busara Promotions will be based at Stand no. 130 
(ACP Music Festivals Network/ Zone Franche)

Busara through the year

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Zanzibar music symposium

Zanzibar Music Symposium

On September 25th 2010 Busara Promotions hosted the first Zanzibar Music Symposium; a one-day seminar bringing together over sixty Zanzibari artists – young and old, with representatives from all music genres of the island’s vibrant music scene. The day’s in-depth discussion focused specifically on how to improve market access for local musicians with training sessions on producing biographies and press kits, improving media promotion in radio, print and internet. Discussion was lively, vibrant with artists creating new solutions on how to market themselves internationally. Feedback was very positive, with all participants appreciating the opportunity to network, learn, exchange ideas and hatch strategies to promote the island’s music.

The Symposium was possible thanks to support from the Embassy of the United States and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. We aim to organise symposia regularly in the future, and to be able to invite artists from Tanzania mainland and other parts of East Africa.

Top African Music Festivals under African Skies

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Don’t forget to check out our festival listing page for links to some of the other top festivals taking place annually around Africa.

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 2011 is powered by:

principal sponsor

Zantel logo

main sponsors

Norwegian Embassy US Embassy, DSM

logo sponsors

Memories ZGPH Gallery Tours

media sponsors


The Africa House Hotel, Zanzibar Beach Resort, British Council, Embassy of Germany, ZanAir, fly540, Zanlink, Dhow Countries Music Academy , WOMEX, Tabasam Tours, Linear Velocity, Footcandles, Coastal Aviation, Mercury's, Archipelago, Stone Town Café, www.zanzibar.net

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 on the airport road, opposite Golf Club