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The story of Busara, Africa's biggest music festival
by Thembi Mutch,, October 2011
“When I first came to Zanzibar I was expecting there to be a lot of local music in local cafes and bars, on the radio. In reality it was Spice Girls or "Barbie Girl"…. read more

Work and Play
Sauti za Busara, 16 Feb 2011 by Linda
Balance of Culture After a grueling day of field work I was able to enjoy an evening of music, film and general fun at this year's Sauti za Busara, or "Sounds of Wisdom." This music festival showcases new and emerging artists... read more

Le Souffle de Zanzibar (francais)
Posted by Jean Berry, Mondomix, June 2011
Le festival Sauti za Busara s’est déroulé en février dans le quartier historique de Stone Town, à Zanzibar more

Sauti za Busara 2011 blog updates
Posted by Muhidin Issa Michuzi, Michuzi Blog, Feb 2011
Rais wa Zanzibar Dr Ali Mohamed Shein alipa shavu tamasha la muziki la Sauti za more

Sauti za Busara: Zanzibar's Ultimate Music Festival
Posted 10 March 2011, by Lisa Constant, Huffington Post
The vast continent of Africa is well known by global travelers to host some of the world's most intriguing cultural festivals, whether it's South Africa's … read more

Feast of musical flavours rocks Stone Town
Posted 28 Feb 2011, by Lloyd Gedye and Lisa Skinner, Mail & Guardian online (South Africa)
My backpack felt as if it was being pulled in a dozen directions. Clinging to my ticket, I surged forward, pushed by the crowd that was swelling around more

Sounds of wisdom overflowing Zanzibar
Posted 25 Feb 2011, by Monique Doppert, Project Officer Culture, ICT & Media for HIVOS (The Netherlands)
Hivos is one of the main sponsors of the Sauti Za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar, more

The Swahili Encounters
Posted 24 Feb 2011, by Simgnish Yekoye, The Citizen (Tanzania)
The Sauti Za Busara music festivals may have ended two weeks ago, but if there is an event that left a lasting impression on the more

Bongo Flava plays second fiddle
Posted 21 Feb 2011, by Joseph Ngunjiri, The East African (Kenya)
When word got round that Juma Nature, the mercurial Bongo Flava artiste, would be performing at the eighth Sauti za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar held from February 7 to 13, many festival-goers were eager not to miss the more


Sauti za Busara 2011 video highlights

Greetings from the President of Zanzibar, H.E. Dr Ali Mohamed Shein (English Subtitle)

Sauti za Busara: African hip-hop films
Posted 18 Feb 2011, by Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein, Mambo Magazine (Zanzibar).
Hip Hop Films feature on Diamonds in the Rough screened Fri 11, 8:20pm and African Underground: Democracy in Dakar screened Sun 13, more

Both sides of the busara festival
Posted 17 Feb 2011, by Simegnish Yekoye & Erick Mchome, The Citizen (Tanzania)
As the sunshine softens and shadows start to stretch out, the historic Stone Town bursts into life as the cosmopolitan population make their way to the more

The Black Roots Rock Sauti Za Busara Festival
Posted 16 Feb 2011, by Linda Mbabazi, The New Times (Rwanda)
It was a full-on show-out extravaganza at the 8th edition of the Sauti za Busara festival more

Tamasha la Sauti za Busara larindima visiwani
Posted by Michuzi Jr
Mkurugenzi wa Tamasha la Sauti za Busara, Yussuf mahmoud akizungumza wakati wa ufunguzi wa Tamasha hilo usiku more

Women expressing love through taarab music
Posted 19 Feb 2011, bySimegnish Yekoye, Ethiopian Reporter
Like any other child in Zanzibar, where Islam dominates, Tabu Makame Masomi grew up more

Waandishi wa Habari Mafunzoni kwenye Tamasha la Busara
Waandishi wa habari kutoka nchi mbalimbali wakiwa katika ziara ndogo ya mtaani huku Zanzibar, more

Busara more than song and dance
That time of the year is here again and the excitement has gripped the Spice Island .The hype about Sauti za Busara festival was more

Sauti za Busara Live Stream
There isn't a livelier event on the sleepy island of Zanzibar than Sauti za Busara, East Africa's ultimate - and friendliest - music more

Biggest cultural festival in Africa a month away
(eTN) - The now globally-renowned music and performing arts festival in Zanzibar, Sauti za Busara, is now only a month away for their 8th more

PDA to Fly Flag at 2011 Sauti za Busara
Percussion Discussion Afrika (PDA) will be Uganda's sole musical ambassador at the annual Sauti za Busara music festival in more

Musical Highs under African Skies
The majority of people reading this will, in all likelihood, have been to a music festival at some point in their life.  Whether it’s reminiscing about lakes of mud at Glastonbury, more

Busara yaiva bila Bongofleva!
Ukiachana na kimbunga kilichovuma dakika chache baada ya uzinduzi na kuangusha nguzo kuu za umeme na kusababisha umeme kukatika kwa muda mji mzima, more

Sauti za Busara: Yaaba Funk
Posted 17 Feb 2011, by Rachel Hamada, Mambo Magazine (Zanzibar)
A musical collective from Brixton, one of London's most thriving and exciting African and Caribbean heartlands, Yaaba Funk play a mix of Ghanaian-influenced hi-life, jazz, new rock influences and more

Rocking the Swahili coast
Posted 28 Feb 2011, by Lloyd Gedye, Mail & Guardian online (South Africa)
If hot and sweaty nights of endless dancing are your thing, then Tanzania might just be your ideal holiday more