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July 2011
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In this edition :
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>>> Kiswahili hapa
>>> English here

What’s coming up

Final Call for Artists Sauti za Busara 2012

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Call for Artists

Wito kwa wasanii

Appel d’Artistes


Final Call for Artists
African musicians from anywhere in the world. This is the FINAL Call for Artists for Sauti za Busara 2012. The selection committee meets during August to program the line up for the 2012 Festival. For consideration, with your application we need to have received one or two recent recordings (CD or DVD), photos and other information. Apply online before 31 July 2011.

Call for African Music Films

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Call for African music films

Wito kwa filamu za muziki

Appel aux films


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

Zanzibar Ngoma Auditions

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Busara Promotions is pleased to invite auditions for ngoma (traditional music) groups that do not already have recordings or promotional materials. Open to all musicians from Zanzibar. The event will be held from 9:00am on Saturday 23 July 2011 at Busara Promotions Office, Airport Road, Maisara.


The aim of this event is to give local musicians a platform to present their work in order to be considered to perform at Sauti za Busara 2012.
The winners will be assisted to create their own artist profile, press photos and receive technical advice. The ultimate prize being to showcase their talents at Sauti za Busara 2012.

Sauti za Busara's new home on Facebook

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Sauti za Busara has a new home on facebook where we will update you on all that we are up to. Please LIKE the new page here


Fun times in Zanzibar

Plenty of good vibes as always in Zanzibar, here are few happenings in the next few weeks

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Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday

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18 July marks the 93rd birthday of one of the world’s greatest leaders (ever). Join us at Mercury’s Restaurant in Stone Town, Zanzibar on Friday 15 July to celebrate Madiba’s life and enjoy DJ Yusuf’s ultimate selection of music from all over Africa and beyond.

Jambiani Vunja Jungu Beach Festival

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Zanzibar’s first beach and watersports festival will take place at Mfumbwi Beach Jambiani during the weekend of July 30 - 31 2011. For more information visit

Mwaka Kogwa Festival

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carnivalparade Makunduchi, Zanzibar
20 – 23 July 2011
One of Zanzibar’s oldest traditional festivals is the celebration of Mwaka Kogwa. The festival marks the arrival of the new year, or 'Nairuz' according to the Shiraz (Iran) calendar.  Shirazis were the first foreigners to settle in Zanzibar in any number, and many aspects of their culture were absorbed by the Swahili people and were given a local context.
See Mambo Magazine amazing slideshow at 

Friends of Busara

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Become a Friend of Busara and show your support for East Africa’s NO 1 music festival

Our website currently receives over 500,000 hits per month (1.5 million in January – February)

Be a Friend of Busara for only US$600 / 8 months, and book an advert in the festival programme

Contact for more information on how to start advertising now.
We have a zillion other ways you can reach your target audience. If you choose to come in as a main sponsor, details are available on request.


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The festival would not be possible without the vision and support of donors and sponsors. We need your help to continue showcasing African music under African skies.

email for more information, or CLICK HERE to get involved..

Thanks to Supporters

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Festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and generous support of donors and sponsors, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible. We've received a few promises and need many more. So far, Sauti za Busara 2012 is powered by:

Main Sponsors

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

Media Sponsors


CLICK HERE to get involved.

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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