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Sauti za Busara 2014
Photo highlights
Media Coverage
Festival Dates 2015
Call for Artists 2015
Call for Films 2015
RIP Bi Kidude: One year on…
Thanks to Donors & Sponsors

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Sauti za Busara 2014

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And so the sun goes down on another epic Sauti za Busara festival! For the four days of 13 – 16 February Stone Town’s heart beat to a different drum. The Old Fort reverberated to the sounds of 32 bands from all over the continent – from Taarab to sega blues to African trance to live electronica to high life to spirit dance. Kora maestros featured strongly on the programme, including Noumoucounda Cissoko from Senegal, and a rare female kora player, the sublime Sona Jobarteh from Gambia. There was also kora from East Africa, masterfully played by Joel Sebunjo.

Audiences
Audiences

The festival also screened four feature-length films about African music: Jupiter’s Dance, HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements, and As Old as My Tongue, in memory of Bi Kidude. The films provided the audience with a different way to appreciate the richness and diversity of African music, and the strength for positive social change that is inherent in music.

THANK YOU to the thousands of people who came from all over the country, the continent and the globe to share in our feast of music, through rain and shine. We hope to see you in 2015!

Busara Promotions extends deep appreciation to all the crew who worked so incredibly long and hard to deliver African Music under African Skies. And extra special thanks goes to all the artists:

Jupiter & Okwess International (DRC)  Ebo Taylor (Ghana / Germany)  Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate (USA / Guinea)  Waldemar Bastos (Angola / Portugal)  Sona Jobarteh (Gambia / UK)  The Nile Project (Nile Basin)  Noumoucounda Cissoko (Senegal)  Wunmi (Nigeria / UK / USA)  Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)  Addis Acoustic Project ft Melaku Belay (Ethiopia)  OY (Ghana / Switzerland)  Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar)  Seven Survivor (Tanzania)  Street Rat and Body Mind & Soul (Malawi)  Tarabband (Egypt / Sweden / Iraq)  Baladna Taarab (Zanzibar)  Majestad Negra (Puerto Rico)  HAJAmadagascar and The Groovy People ft. Werner Puntigam (Madagascar / France / Austria)  Jhikoman (Tanzania)  Hoko Roro (Tanzania)  Ashimba (Tanzania / Finland)  Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar)  Tritonik (Mauritius)  Kara Sylla Ka (Senegal / Switzerland)  Joel Sebunjo (Uganda)  Abantu Mandingo (Tanzania)  Segere Original (Tanzania)  Moyize (Rwanda)  Ricky na Marafiki (Kenya)  Rajab Suleiman & Kithara ft. Derya Takkali (Zanzibar / Turkey / Germany)  Kazimoto (Tanzania / Germany)  Swahili Encounters Group (Zanzibar / Tanzania / Various)  Pungwa (Zanzibar / Tanzania) 
 

Photo highlights

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Check out the photo highlights of the 2014 festival here
Ebo Tailor

Ebo Taylor (Ghana/Germany)

Noumoucounda Cissoko (Senegal)

Wunmi (Nigeria/UK/USA)

The Nile Project(Nile Basin)

Jhikoman (Tanzania)

Tarabband (Egypt/Sweden/Iraq)

The Nile Project(Nile Basin)

Majestad Negra(Puerto Rico)

Jupiter & Okwess International (DRC)

 

Media Coverage

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There was a buzz generated at Sauti za Busara, with media houses represented from around the world. For stories, reviews and blogs take a look at our Media Coverage page. Highlights include:

Khaira Arby

7 African music festivals you really have to see
http://edition.cnn.com
By Lorraine Bgoya and Mazuba Kapambwe, CNN Inside Africa
February 21, 2014
(CNN) -- One of the most exciting things about the African... read more

   
Khaira Arby

It was Sauti za Busara without Bi Kidude
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz
February 21, 2014
It was a weekend of love with Valentine's Day coming in handy, but just across the ocean in the Spice Islands ... read more

   
Khaira Arby

Retaining local sounds only way to success for some
www.dailynews.co.tz
March 06, 2014
JUST to make sure that there is a selection of local musical flavour around Hassan Mahenge, a teacher at the Dhow ... read more

 
Khaira Arby

De Berlin a Zanzibar pasando por el Nilo
http://cultura.elpais.com
Que la música (igual que la palabra) va por delante perfilando un mundo sin fronteras ha quedado claro en el festival Sauti za Busara (“sonidos del conocimiento” en suajili) de Zanzíbar ...read more

   
Khaira Arby

Sauti Za Busara festival // Zanzibar // DJ & Workshop Announcement
http://www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/
February 26, 2014
Stone Town, Zanzibar - The Santuri Project, a three-year plan to revitalize the music industry in East ... read more

 

Festival Dates 2015

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Sauti za Busara 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 12th edition of Sauti za Busara will take place from
12 – 15 February 2015. As usual it will bring you the best in African music from the continent and beyond. Plan ahead and join us in Zanzibar for world-class performances, warm, hospitable atmosphere, and an unforgettable venue. We welcome you to the spice island for African music under African skies. For more details and updates please visit our website.

 

Call for Artists 2015

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Call for Artists 2015 – Deadline 31 July 2014
Is your music 100% live?
Is it connected to Africa?
Have you always wanted to perform in Zanzibar?

Applications are now open for the 12th edition of Sauti za Busara. This is your chance to apply for a spot to perform at the 2015 festival. Our focus has always been on bringing you African music under African skies - this year in addition to the African Continent and its diaspora,

Sauti za Busara also welcomes applications from the Gulf States including Oman, Yemen, Iran, as well as from the Indian Ocean region.

All artists have to complete the online application and send recordings to reach our office before 31 July 2014. The festival selection committee meets in August and all applicants are notified of outcomes by email during September.

Please note that we receive hundreds of applications every year – to be considered please be sure to fulfil all application requirements.

In past years, more than 380 groups have performed, including Ebo Taylor, Jupiter and Okwess International, Wunmi, Sona Jobarteh, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, OY, Cheikh Lo, Mokoomba, Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, Nneka, Natacha Atlas, Jagwa Music, Fredy Massamba, Thandiswa, Culture Musical Club, and more. The festival features live music only, i.e. no playback.

 

Call for Films 2015

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Call for Films 2015 – Deadline 30 November 2014

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.

  • 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 30 November 2014.
For more information on application and application forms visit us at www.busaramusic.org/callforfilm

 

RIP Bi Kidude: One year on…

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Bi Kidude: One year on…

Bi Kidude

Bi Kidude was a favourite at Sauti za Busara, being the only artist to have performed eight times at the festival. This year was the first festival since her passing on April 17, 2013, and she was deeply missed. Busara Promotions’ Board of Trustees went onto stage to pay tribute to her, ahead of Tausi Women’s Taarab group, with whom she used to perform. Journalist, writer and board member,

Ally Saleh, recited a poem he’d composed in her honour. After Tausi Women’s performance, a short video made by the director of As Old as My Tongue was screened.

Bi Kidude’s international career only started in the 1980s. She was a major hit at festivals around Europe, Africa, Japan and beyond, with her deep, powerful voice and stage charisma expressing the raw emotion of a lifetime's experience, and literally moving audiences to tears. In 2005 Bi Kidude received the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile at home she was viewed more like a vagabond. She smoked; she rarely wore shoes, and only used microphones with great reluctance. Nevertheless, she was of the people, for the people. She always had time for a joke and a chat. At home or overseas, in company of paupers or presidents, she was always herself: flirting with young men, a twinkle in her eye, that bone-crushing handshake and spontaneous bursts into song.

Andy Jones, director of the film documentary, As Old As My Tongue: The Myth and Life of Bi Kidude (ScreenStation/Busara Promotions), says “In a world where the old are often seen as useless and dependent, Bi Kidude gave us a counterpoint. I hope what remains in people's minds is a memory of a woman who cared more about people than she did about money. Whose time on earth was dominated by a desire to sing, and to share. Our goal was to make a film which would celebrate Bi Kidude, which people would watch, and then remember this remarkable, strong and generous woman”.

Dear Bibi, may your soul rest in peace.

 

Thanks to Donors & Sponsors

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Sauti za Busara 2014 was made possible by the generous donations and sponsorships of:

Norwegian Embassy   Hivos
 
  Goethe Institut   Embassy of US   Goethe Institut     Memories of Zanzibar    
  Zanzibar Unique   Azam Marine   Blue Bay Hotel   Chavda Hotel   Mashariki Palace Zanzibar Hotel  
          Allience Francais            
                       
         

Media Partners

       
 
fROOTS      

With thanks to Embassy of France, SMOLE II, Ultimate Security, Zanlink, Archipelago Restaurant, Stone Town Café, Mercury's Restaurant, Emerson Spice, AllyKeys Car Hire, fROOTS, Southern Sun Hotel, Embassy of Germany, www.zanzibar.net

 

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