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Main Sponsors

Norwegian Embassy
HIVOS - people unlimited
UN Joint Programme
Goethe Institut
British Council
US Embassy, DSM

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Gallery Tours

Festival Party Sponsor

Zanzibar Hotel Group at Sau Inn, Jambiani


media sponsors

ZG Design

with thanks to

NMB Ltd, United Petroleum, Alliance Française de Nairobi, Embassy of Germany, Ultimate Security, SMOLE 2 Project, Tabasam Tours, Dhow Countries Music Academy, Stone Town Traders, Southern Sun DSM, Embassy of Denmark, Stone Town Café, Mercury’s Restaurant, Archipelago Café & Restaurant, Monsoon Restaurant, Clove Hotel, Zanlink, ChuChu FM 90.9, ZG Films, Linear Velocity, Footcandles, 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."

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Music Festival, Zanzibar

11 - 16 February 2010

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The seventh edition of the Sauti za Busara music festival took place in Zanzibar, 11-16 February 2010.

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.

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Confirmed Artists

Thandiswa (South Africa)  Ba Cissoko (Guinea)  Malick Pathé Sow (Senegal)  Simba & Brown Band (Mozambique)  Debo Band (Ethiopia / USA)  Banana Zorro & the B Band (Tanzania)  Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK)  Mari Boine (Norway)  Dawda Jobarteh (The Gambia)  Del & Diho (Mayotte)  Fresh Jumbe & African Express (Tanzania / Japan)  Chidi Benz (Tanzania)  Kilua Ngoma (Tanzania)  Massar Egbari (Egypt)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar / Tanzania)  Nyota Ndogo (Kenya)  Makadem (Kenya)  Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various)  Jhikoman (Tanzania)  Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania / Denmark)  Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar)  Joel Sebunjo  (Uganda)  Bamba Nazar & The Pilgrimage (Suriname / Netherlands)  Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya)  Shirikisho Sanaa Group (Zanzibar)  Best of WaPi (Tanzania)  Sosolya Dance Academy (Uganda)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Mapacha Africa (Kenya)  Swifatui Abraar Group (Tanzania)  DJ Eddy (Zanzibar)  DJ Yusuf (UK / Zanzibar)  Sowers Group (Tanzania)  KVZ Tupendane (Pemba)  and more.

Festival Programme

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Festival Timetable


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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.

"This year’s musical feast is richer and tastier than ever. As always our main focus is to showcase the wealth and variety of East African music - up coming and established groups; acoustic and electric; innovative and classic; from city and shamba."

Yusuf Mahmoud, Festival Director

"Mwanandege" umbrella dancers

Festival Parade

A festival and street parade kicks off festivities on Thursday 11th February, featuring a beni brass band, drummers, wanandege (umbrella women), dancers, stilt walkers and acrobats. The parade arrives at Forodhani around 5pm and continues into the Old Fort (our main venue).

African Performances under African Skies

From Thursday through til Sunday, around ten groups perform each day. Big names rub shoulders with upcoming artists. Altogether there are thirty of the best groups of Zanzibar, Tanzania and around East Africa, traditional and modern, acoustic and electric. Plus, another ten groups, from Africa and the disaspora.

All the music is performed live. Starting in the late afternoon, as the sunshine softens and shadows start to stretch out, and continuing virtually non-stop into the evening, with the final band taking to the stage around midnight.


Main Venue

The main stage of the festival is situated within Stone Town’s historic Old Fort (on the grassy side) under open skies. The venue is exploding with colour with around twenty stalls selling food and refreshments, African clothing, music and local handicrafts.

The venue is busy every day with locals and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. We see kids and families in the late afternoon, culture vultures through the evening and party people dancing into the night.

Old Fort, Stone Town

Everyone agrees the atmosphere is unique and special, and Sauti za Busara has a reputation as “the friendliest festival on the planet!”

Tickets and Prices

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.

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Visitor Info

For information about organised tours, flights, accommodation and other useful advice for visitors -
including how to get a "busara discount" on accommodation bookings - please check the Visitor Info page

Finalé Party

On Tuesday 16 February, we leave town behind and head for one of Zanzibar's beautiful beaches. Starting 4pm - dancing till dawn.

Finalé Party
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.


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