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busara newsletter
The Line Up
Call for Partners
Call for Music Films
Tickets & Passes
Dar Special Preview Show
Busara Promotions NGO update
Thanks to Donors and Sponsors
Contact us

Sauti za Busara 2014: The Line Up


Sauti za Busara is widely known as East Africa's best-loved and friendliest festival. The 11th edition will take place during 13 - 16 February 2014 in Stone Town and feature more than 300 musicians and performers, an open-air film programme, a marketplace, a carnival parade, networking events for arts professionals, and much more. The festival runs from 5 pm until 2 am each night. Join us in Zanzibar for four amazing nights of "African music under African skies."' Read on for the first set of confirmed artists (all photos are linked to the artist bio pages on our website). Even more amazing musicians to be announced soon!

Ebo Tailor
Ebo Taylor
Ghana / Germany
 Jupiter & Okwess International
Jupiter & Okwess International
Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate
Guinea / USA
Nigeria / UK / US
The Nile Project
Ghana / Switzerland
Tausi Women's Taarab
Sona Jobarteh
Gambia / UK
Swahili Vibes
Addis Acoustic Project
Egypt / Sweden / Iraq
Ebo Tailor
Baladna Taarab
HAJAmadagascar and The Groovy People ft. W. Puntigam
Madagascar / France / Austria
Hoko Roro
Reunion / France
Joel Sebunjo ft. Lenna Kuurmaa
Seven Survivor
Abantu Mandingo
Segere Original

Call for Partners


We are pleased to be able to acknowledge the faith, vision and support of donors, sponsors and partners, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible.
Supporting the biggest music festival in East Africa will give your organisation or company great visibility in the run up to the festival and beyond.

The festival acknowledges all donors and main sponsors with logos on the festival homepage and donors and sponsors page (last January alone generated 3.4 million hits); partners also receive wide visibility in newsletter updates (reaching more than 64,000 subscribers worldwide), festival programmes, venue banners, stage announcements, in press releases and more…

We welcome all supporters, big and small. For just $600, you could be a “Friend of Busara” -- we offer links to your business from festival website pages and e-newsletters. Advertising space is also available in our souvenir festival programme.
If you are interested in partnering with the “Friendliest music festival on the planet”, email for more information.


Call for Music Films


Sauti za Busara is looking for a variety of feature length and short films about music. These can be music clips or videos, music documentaries, or recorded concerts from around Africa.
We are looking for:

  • Films that tell a story about music or musicians from Africa.
  • Films with great visuals, quality sound, and music firmly rooted in African culture.
  • Foreign language films should come with English /Kiswahili sub-titles.
Your application can only be considered if we receive a completed application including two DVDs of the film before 30th November.
For more information on application and application forms visit us at


Tickets & Passes


For the first time, Sauti za Busara will be offering Early Bird Special tickets, 20% discount on tickets bought by 30 November 2013 and 10% discount on tickets bought from 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014. Full price tickets will be available in February 2014.

Buy Your Tickets
A limited number will also be on sale at the venue from 10:00am, Wed 12 February. Locals and residents can also enjoy huge savings if they get their tickets early at one of the Early Bird outlets. Stay tuned for details of where you can find them!



General Admission

80,000/- Tsh (US$ 50)

160,000/- TSh (US$ 100)

(access to seated area)

96,000/- TSh (US$ 60)

256,000/- TSh (US$ 160)

Special Discounts*

Not available in advance

**IDs/permits required for discounts

-50% off for
African Citizens/Residents
(ID/Resident Permit required)

Not available in advance

80,000/- TSh (US$ 50)

-90% off for
Tanzanian Citizens

(ID required)

Not available in advance

12,000/- TSh


Dar Special Preview Show


Blue Bay Retreat

We’re excited to announce Sauti za Busara Dar Special, a special event in Dar es Salaam on Friday, 29 November 2013 at Triniti Bar. This is a chance to preview some of next year’s exciting acts -- Dar es Salaam’s own Hoko Roro and Seven Survivor, and to celebrate the latest album launch of Msafiri Zawose (a Busara favorite and one of the highlights from Sauti za Busara 2013). You’ll also be able to order advance Sauti za Busara 2014 tickets at special Early Bird prices.

There will be a raffle with some exciting prizes, Busara merchandise at big discounts, and DJ Davey spinning Afro-centric vinyl ‘til the early morning hours after the live music finishes.
Door opens at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. Tickets are just 15,000tsh per person (available at the door only). We can’t wait to see you there!
For more information, email


Busara Promotions NGO update


Blue Bay Retreat

Busara Promotions, the NGO behind Sauti za Busara, is hard at work on our next 5-year Strategic Plan. Thank you to the Board of Trustees, management, senior staff, and distinguished guests from Tanzania’s arts and culture sector for joining us at Bluebay Beach Resort in Kiwengwa, Zanzibar, in September for a planning retreat.

We are also pleased to announce three new Board Members to our Board of Trustees.

Welcome to the family, Julia Bishop, Verena Knippel, and Ally Saleh!

Finally, Busara Promotions introduced our first Sauti Zetu regional show in Nungwi, Zanzibar in the 3rd weekend of September. The mini-festival featured four local groups from the Northern Region: Kidumbak, Dumu, Mchikicho, and Pungwa.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Zanzibar’s talented musicians and to celebrate the musical culture of the island! And we look forward to seeing you at our special Dar showcase on 29 November as well…


Thanks to Donors and Sponsors


The festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and support of donors and sponsors, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible.
So far, Sauti za Busara 2014 is powered by:

Norwegian Embassy Hivos
GotheInstitut Swiss Agency Memories of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Unique Blue Bay Memories of Zanzibar

With thanks to SMOLE IIZanlinkEmbassy of France, Archipelago Restaurant, Stone Town CaféAllyKeys Car Hire ,


Contact us


Busara Promotions logo

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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