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  • Is your music connected to Africa or Indian Ocean?

  • Is your music 100% live?

  • Are you interested to perform next February in Zanzibar?

  • If you can answer yes, yes, yes – then please read on...



Sauti za Busara is held every year in Zanzibar during February, showcasing music from across Africa and beyond. It’s included in CNN’s list of 7 African music festivals you really have to see, Songlines magazine’s Best 25 International Festivals and Afro Tourism’s 8 Best Music Festivals. In February 2015, BBC World Service hailed Sauti za Busara as ‘one of Africa's best and most respected music events’.


DEADLINE for applications 31 July 2016


For artists performing in the Festival, we usually pay a modest performance fee and cover expenses in Zanzibar, including local travel, visa, accommodation, food and incidentals. Artists from outside the region may have to find their own travel sponsors.

The selection committee meets during August to decide the programme for Sauti za Busara 2017. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions before September.

How to apply to perform at Sauti za Busara 2017

Your application will only be considered if we have received your completed application before 31 July. This must include the following:

Click here for online application form.
Please send recordings, photos and other materials to our office address as below. All materials sent to Busara address must be labeled FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.