9 - 12 February 2017

2017 Line-up Announced

Flying the "Africa United" flag, this year's festival will feature 400 artists (40 groups) performing live on three stages:

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)  Sarabi (Kenya)  Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana / Germany)  Simba & Milton Gulli (Mozambique)  Jagwa Music (Tanzania)  Bob Maghrib (Morocco)  Karyna Gomes (Guinea Bissau)  Sami Dan & Zewd Band (Ethiopia)  Chibite Zawose Family (Tanzania)  Wahapahapa Band (Tanzania)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar / Tanzania)  Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar / Tanzania)  Batimbo Percussion Magique (Burundi)  Kyekyeku (Ghana)  H_art the Band (Kenya)  Grace Barbé (Seychelles)  Roland Tchakounté (Cameroon / France)  Imena Cultural Troupe (Rwanda)  Isau Meneses (Mozambique)  Sahra Halgan Trio (Somaliland)  Swahili Encounters (Zanzibar / Various)  Ze Spirits Band (Tanzania)  Loryzine (Reunion)  CAC Fusion (Tanzania)  Madalitso Band (Malawi)  Mswanu Gogo Vibes (Tanzania)  Matona's G Clef Band (Zanzibar)  Afrijam Band (Tanzania)  Cocodo African Music Band (Tanzania)  Kiumbizi (Pemba)  Rico & the Band (Zanzibar)  Usambara Sanaa Group (Tanzania)  Mcharuko Band (Zanzibar)  Taarab - Kidumbak Group (Zanzibar)    and more

The festival is 100% live, proudly showcasing quality, originality and innovation, with priority for young and emerging artists and music with cultural identity.

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    Call for applications: Sauti za Busara festival

    by Music in Africa, 31 March 2017

    Live music performers interested in participating in the 15th Sauti za Busara edition in Stone Town, Zanzibar, can now send in their applications. The festival, one of East Africa’s biggest, will take place between 8 and 11 February 2018 and the call for applications is open until 31 July 2017 ... read more

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    Appel à candidatures : festival Sauti za Busara

    by Music in Africa, 3 April 2017
    Les artistes intéressés à participer à la 15ème édition du festival Sauti za Busara qui se tient à Stone Town, Zanzibar, peuvent maintenant envoyer leurs demandes. Le festival, un des plus grands de l'Afrique de l'Est, se tiendra entre les 8 et 11 février 2018. L'appel à candidatures est ouvert jusqu'au 31 juillet 2017 ... read more

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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017 (part 2)

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 March 2017

    This month, Rita Ray presents the second of two programmes of stunning highlights from the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar (50 mins, listen here)

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    Aiming to play more than Africa’s music

    By Iman Mani, Daily News, 8 March 2017

    It’s now sealed into history that after one year’s gap, the Sauti za Busara international music festival came back with a bang last month. During the four-day celebration of African music in Stone Town, Zanzibar, 40 bands of which 50 per cent were locals, with over 400 artists presented their musical sounds on three different stages to ... read more

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    Global Beats: Sauti za Busara 2017

    Rita Ray, BBC World Service, 18 Feb 2017

    Global Beats heads to one of Africa's best music festivals - Sauti za Busara, in Zanzibar. The festival returns after a year's absence with a stunning line-up including artists from Cameroon, Reunion, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Morocco, the Seychelles, and of course Tanzania. Presenter Rita Ray, talks to our pick of the bunch, and brings you the best of... listen here

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