12 - 15 Feb 2015 Stone Town Zanzibar


Once again, during 12 – 15 February 2015, Sauti za Busara brought people from across the world together in Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. Venues were full to capacity all four nights of the festival. The theme for this 12th edition was “Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!
Our message was received loud and clear: with peace and unity, Africa is the Future!

Festival organisers wholeheartedly thank all the artists who participated, all crew, donors and sponsors, media partners, and you the audiences, who helped make the 12th edition our most successful Sauti za Busara to date.

Music is a universal language. It communicates to all of us, rich or poor, regardless of language, religion, gender or politics. Music teaches us to respect our differences and value diversity. Through music and art, the world sees Africa is positive; Africa is vibrant, Africa is rich in its many cultures and expressions.

In case you had the good fortune to be present at Sauti za Busara 2015, please give us just a few moments of your time: to comment and share your feedback in the Festival Audience Survey. This will help us plan the next edition to be even better!

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Together as One; Amani Ndio Mpango Mzima!

Sauti za Busara 2015: The Line Up

Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana / USA),   Alikiba (Tanzania),   Octopizzo and band (Kenya),   Ihhashi Elimhlophe (South Africa),   Tcheka (Cape Verde),   Sarabi (Kenya),   The Brother Moves On (South Africa),   Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar),   Ahamada Smis ‘Origines’ Trio (Comoros / France / Zanzibar),   Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK),   Isabel Novella (Mozambique),   Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania),   Aline Frazão (Angola),   Tsiliva (Madagascar),   Leo Mkanyia and the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania),   Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar),   Thaïs Diarra (Senegal / Mali / Switzerland),   Liza Kamikazi and band (Rwanda),   Erik Aliana (Cameroon),   Bonaya Doti (Kenya),   Mpamanga (Madagascar),   Mgodro Group (Zanzibar),   Djmawi Africa (Algeria),   Rico Single & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar),   Zee Town Sojaz (Zanzibar),   Ifa Band (Tanzania),   Mwahiyerani (Tanzania),   Tunaweza Band (Tanzania),   Mabantu Africa (Tanzania),   Cocodo African Music (Tanzania),   Kiki Kidumbaki (Zanzibar),   DCMA Young Stars (Zanzibar),   Capoeira Brazil Zanzibar (Zanzibar),   Shirikisho Sanaa Group (Zanzibar),   Babawatoto Centre (Tanzania),   Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various),   and more.

  • Live Music

    African Films

    19 music groups represented Tanzania, with 18 groups from other African countries. All performed 100% live!

  • African Music Films

    African Films

    African Music Films:  documentaries, music clips, videos and live concert footage.

  • Movers & Shakers

    Movers and shakers

    Movers & Shakers: Daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals.

  • Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra

    Busara Xtra:  Around the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional music, fashion shows, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest Taarab orchestras.

  • Songs for Peace Competition

    Song for Peace
    Click here to read more on the Songs for Peace competition and award-winners

  • Seminars and Training Workshops

    Seminar and Training workshop

    Building skills for artists, managers, technicians, filmmakers and journalists from the East Africa region.

  • Festival marketplace


    Festival marketplace: food and drinks, CDs, merchandise, and local handicrafts.



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Media Coverage

  • Alikiba steals show at ‘Sauti za Busara’

    by Daily news, Friday 13th February 2015 by Iman Mani
    Ally Saleh Kiba, alias Alikiba closed the first day of the Sauti za Busara (SZB) festival on a high note. Actually it was in the early hours of Friday morning (yesterday), when the Dar es Salaam-based artists came off stage, leaving the audience still wanting ... read more

  • Sauti za Busara wamtambulisha rasmi Alikiba

    by MUHIDIN MICHUZI, Jan 29th 2015
    Mwenyekiti wa Bodi wa Busara Promotions, wandaaji wa tamasha la Sauti za Busara, Simai Mohammed (katikati) akiongea na wandishi wa habari (Hawapo pichani) wakati wa mkutano wa wanahabari Jijini Dar es Salaam, juu ya tamasha la 12 la Sauti za Busara, litakalofanyika, Februari 12 hadi 15 ... read more

  • Sauti za Busara kujumuisha vikundi vya burudani duniani

    by Herieth Makwetta, Mwananchi, Jan 10th 2015
    Mwaka jana tulishuhudia kituo kikubwa cha habari duniani kikiyataja matamasha saba bora ya kimataifa na Sauti za Busara likiwa tamasha lililoshika nafasi ya tatu. Ni tamasha ambalo watu kutoka katika pembe zote za dunia, wiki ya pili ya Februari kila mwaka hukutana katika kisiwa cha marashi ya karafuu ... read more

  • Sounds of Wisdom

    By Jazmin Mansour 8th Jan 2015
    Throughout history, humankind has taken to creating music for an assortment of reasons, yet Africa has distinct traditions when it comes to music rooted deep within its culture. The traditional music of East Africa has gone through changes due to historical, political, and economic ... read more


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