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
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
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
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
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
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).