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Sauti za Busara Newsletter

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Sauti za Busara is included in CNN’s list of 7 African music festivals you really have to see, Songlines magazine’s Best 25 International Festivals and Afro Tourism’s 8 Best Music Festivals. In February 2015, BBC World Service hailed Sauti za Busara as one of Africa's best and most respected music events’.

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Sauti za Busara 2015: Together as One (2’12”)

Every year during February, Sauti za Busara sets Zanzibar ablaze with African music, 100% live. Stone Town is literally buzzing with energy and excitement. 5,000 people attend the festival daily; or 20,000 over four days. Audiences from assorted backgrounds join in celebration: with 70% East African audiences, visitors also attend from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Australia and Japan. Sauti za Busara brings a huge boost for the local economy, whilst offering employment and training in the cultural sector.

The festival is accessible for local communities, with admission free for Tanzanian nationals until 5pm. After then, daily tickets cost US$1.50 for local citizens or $25 for international visitors.

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Night audiences at SzB 2015 [photo Link Reuben]

Djmawi Africa (Algeria) audience at SzB 2015 [photo Peter Bennett]

Call for Partners

The dates for Sauti za Busara 2016 will be announced immediately on confirmation of available funds.
Sauti za Busara aims to be more sustainable with funding from international donors (35%), commercial sponsors (40%) and self-generated revenue (25%). However despite its continued success, raising funds for the festival is increasingly challenging every year.

Visitors to Zanzibar during February have risen by more than 500% since Sauti za Busara began. Hotels are fully booked and local traders are smiling. We believe it’s time for hotels, airlines, banks, phone companies and other stakeholders operating in Zanzibar to come on board to help keep Sauti za Busara alive and moving forwards.

Email us if your organisation is interested to partner with Sauti za Busara. We offer win-win partnerships that work for YOU as well as for the festival. Marketing benefits start immediately for all festival partners, and until 31 March 2016. Your support for the festival will be seen globally by millions online in our newsletter, website and facebook pages; on TV and radio, in newspapers and magazines, at festival venues and all around East Africa on street banners, posters and other advertising.

Sponsor packages are available at all levels, from US$1,000 to $100k. Alternatively, you can simply click here to safely contribute donations in multiples of US$20. Every cent helps!

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Please help keep our festival alive and accessible for the people of Tanzania. Your support is greatly appreciated

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Blitz the Ambassador (GhanaUSA) at SzB 2015 by Pernille Baerendtsen

Bassekou Kouyate Ngoni ba by Thomas Dorn

Call for Artists

Sauti za Busara promotes respect for cultural diversity. To date the festival featured bands from more than 36 countries in Africa, including Bassekou Kouyate (Mali), Nneka (Nigeria), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana/USA), Natacha Atlas (Egypt/UK), Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa), Alikiba, Nadi Ikhwan Safaa and DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), Samba Mapangala (DRC), Tcheka (Cape Verde), Didier Awadi (Senegal), Orchestre Poly Rythmo (Benin), Tumi & the Volume (South Africa) and many more.

Typically our office receives 500+ artists’ applications every year. Of these, forty groups are finally selected to participate at the festival. Around 50% are from Tanzania, with others representing the wider African Continent and diaspora. Young, local and emerging talents are showcased alongside established acts. Sauti za Busara showcases quality African music, acoustic and electric, giving priority to music with cultural identity, local instruments and rhythms.

To apply for a possible place at Sauti za Busara 2016, simply complete the application form and post a copy of your recordings (CD and/or DVD) to reach Busara Promotions before 31 July 2015. The selection committee will meet in August if the festival goes ahead and all applicants will be notified of outcomes by email before September.

Do check the festival website and facebook pages for regular updates. The line up including confirmed artists and events for Sauti za Busara 2016 will be announced in October 2015: “Mungu Akipenda!”

Kama kawaida: karibuni sana, to the friendliest festival on the planet.

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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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