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March 2011

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Sauti za Busara 2011 music festival

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African music under African skies

Carnival Parade around Zanzibar Photo by: Peter Bennett

The 8th edition of Sauti za Busara music festival took place in Zanzibar during 9 - 13 February 2011. It kicked off with a dazzling parade through Zanzibar town, including brass bands, stilt walkers, Italian clowns, capoeira dancers and local mamas with colourful umbrellas, all followed with a tropical cyclone to shower the opening of the festival with African-style blessings.

Once again, the festival featured five nights of live music from some of Africa’s finest. Each day five thousand people gathered inside the ancient walls of the Old Fort in Stone Town, including artists, promoters, media professionals, travelers, tourists and local families. We came together as one nation - under an African groove.

Outside the fort, the whole of town was buzzing with Busara Xtra fringe events: dance classes, taarab rehearsals, arts journalism workshops, networking meetings for professionals, music film screenings, local and international artists’ collaborations, fashion shows and yoga to stretch and make ready for more dancing.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped to make the festival such a pleasure, and our most successful yet. Feedback from visitors, old and new, agree this year’s edition was the best by far, praising the event for its exciting and diverse programme, excellent organisation, great sound quality, and amazing vibes.

Much appreciation is due to ZANTEL, all donors and sponsors, all the artists, audiences, Board of Trustees, staff and festival crew and to all the local, regional and international media who continue to spread the word. Thanks to you too – countless friends and well wishers around the world who have supported Sauti za Busara over the years.

2011 Best of the Best

These are some of our audiences’ favourite performers.

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin) Photo by: Eirik Folkedal

Sinachuki Kidumbaki

Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Photo by: Peter Bennett

Bi Kidude (Zanzibar) Photo by: Peter Bennett
Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar) Photo by: Masoud Khamis

Christine Salem

Christine Salem (Reunion) Photo by:Anoop Singh

Jagwa Music

Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Photo by: Eirik Folkedal

Sousou Maher

Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden) Photo by: David Murphy

Yaaba Funk (UK) Photo by: Peter Bennett
Kwani Experience

Kwani Experience (South Africa) Photo by: David Murphy 

Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Africa/Far East) Photo by: Peter Bennett


Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya) Photo by: Peter Bennett

Mlimani Park

Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania) Photo by: Peter Bennett

Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius) Photo by: Anoop Singh 

Twanga Pepeta

African Stars Band (aka Twanga Pepeta) (Tanzania)  Photo by: Eirik Folkedal

Blick Bassy

Blick Bassy (Cameroon) Photo by: David Murphy 


Festival Coverage

For more pictures, see Best of 2011 Coverage on the festival website.

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Video Highlights

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Sauti za Busara 2012

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Dates for 2012

... Dates are set for the 9th edition.


8 - 12 February 2012


Call For Artists – Sauti za Busara 2012

Calling all African musicians. The selection committee meets at the beginning of August to decide the line up for Sauti za Busara 2012. Together with your application we need one or two recent recordings (CD or DVD), photos and other information. Apply online anytime before 31 July 2011.

Call for African Music Films

We are looking for feature length films and entertaining shorts from around the African Continent and diaspora. These can be music clips and videos, recorded concerts, documentaries or more experimental films. Apply online anytime before 30 September 2011



Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Photo by:Peter Bennett

WOMEX - Call For Proposals

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Womex Call for Proposals

WOMEX – the World Music Expo / Copenhagen, Denmark / 26 – 30 Oct 2011

WOMEX is "The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers." UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Made in Berlin and travelling in Europe: The 16th edition of WOMEX in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2010 saw over 2,440 delegates from more than 90 countries, 650 exhibitors, a full conference and a showcase festival presenting 59 acts on 6 stages.
If you would like to propose a Showcase, Conference Session or Film Screening for WOMEX 11, the deadline for all proposals is Friday, 15 April 2010.

If you plan to attend, be smart and register early to keep your expenses to the necessary minimum.


Final Thanks To All Our Sponsors

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As festival organisers, we wholeheartedly acknowledge the faith, vision and generous support of our donors, sponsors and supporters, together with all the musicians, staff and crew, for literally "burning the midnight oil" to make the event possible.

Festival 2011 was powered by:

Principal Sponsor


Main Sponsors

Norwegian Embassy
hivos GoeTheInstitut from the american people ACP Music Festivals network

Logo Sponsors

Memories of Zanzibar
cultures france
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Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel
Grand Malt

Media Sponsors

fROOTS zg-design Times FM

with thanks to

British Council, The German Embassy, SMOLE II, Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, Coastal Aviation, Ultimate Security, Azam Marine, Fly 540, Tabasam Tours, Stone Town Traders, Stone Town Café, Mercury’s Restaurant, Archipelago Café & Restaurant, Monsoon Restaurant, Zanlink, ZG Films, Capital TV, Dhow Countries Music Academy, Linear Velocity, Footcandles,

Contact Us

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Busara Promotions
PO Box 3635
Stone Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Find us on the airport road, opposite Golf Club

Tel: +255 24 223 2423
or +255 773 822 294

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