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.