Santuri Safari


This year, Busara Promotions premieres the Santuri Safari, a new project that focuses on the innovative role of the DJ in promoting and sharing music in East Africa.

East African DJs are radio broadcasters, club performers, cultural connectors, community representatives, and artists. They are curators for youth culture and serve as important voices for their own communities and beyond. DJs play a pivotal role in modern cultural expression and can help build bridges between generations and musical styles.

During Sauti za Busara 2014, we’re bringing together DJs, producers, and other music industry professionals to kickstart a new movement in electronic music with strong cultural identity, rooted in the East Africa region.

Celebrating and promoting the connection of African music to DJ culture, the Santuri Safari provides plenty of chances to get your groove on to some of the hottest DJs in the region – and the world!

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During this year’s festival, look out for:

Sunset Sessions

Before the main show kicks off in the Old Fort at 5pm, warm up for the evening’s excitement with our Sunset Sessions. Eat, drink, dance and chill to cutting-edge DJs at three amazing locations around Stone Town:

Thursday 13th February: Africa House Hotel – 4:30pm
Lulo Cafe (South Africa)
DJ Bad Cat (Uganda)

Friday 14th February:
Forodhani bandstand (in front of the Old Fort)
- 4:30pm
DJ Side (Zanzibar)
Tendwa (Kenya)

Saturday 15th February:
Six Degrees South bar and restaurant  – 4:30pm

LSaint Evo "The Myth" (Kenya)
H The DJ (Zimbabwe)
Teichmann Brothers (Germany)

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What’s more, the sessions will be video streamed live to the Internet for friends back home and around the world to check out!  Stay tuned for more information… Download sunset sessions and after parties schedule.

Official Sauti za Busara After-Parties

Friday 14th  & Sunday 16th
After the main stage live entertainment has finished, we’ll keep the fort rocking with more beats and grooves from around the continent courtesy of the Santuri Safari DJs. Free for festival guests.

Santuri Safari DJs Include:

Bad Cat
Saint Evo

Saint Evo “The Myth”
Saint Evo is a DJ/Producer from the plains of the Equator. His skills have proven integral to the vision of Celsius Degree (his record label), and have generated a newfound perspective for

Bad Cat

DJ Bad Cat
DJ Bad Cat, a.k.a Joy Julu, has been making waves in her hometown of Kampala for the past couple of years. Working also as freelance writer, poet, events promoter, singer and creative copywriter, she has also found timer to become of the regions leading female DJs.  Having appeared at most of Kampala’s hot spots, and performed at Alliance Française’s Annual International

electronic music from an equatorial direction, a genre he proudly labels as. Equatorial House. Also known for his fluent live DJ performances and online monthly podcasts (Sentient Sound Sessions), his goal is to take the Kenyan and East African market to global recognition.

Women's Day, DJ Bad Cat is now looking to build on her reputation take her infectious enthusiasm for music to an international stage.

DJ Side

DJ Side
DJ Side has been rocking crowds in Zanzibar for years. His daily show Minus Ten on Hits FM in Stone Town is hugely popular, and has become the soundtrack to Zanzibar life for many.


Gebrüder Teichmann
The Berlin based Gebrüder Teichmann (Brothers Teichmann) are musicians, DJs, producers and cultural activists. Since 2009 they have developed the project Berlin-meets-Nairobi BLNRB project with the Goethe-Institut

Kenya and are now part of the TEN CITIES project management.

His easy delivery and wide ranging musical tastes have made him a crowd favorite, both in the radio studio and at parties all over the island.

Their diverse musical activities include DJ sets, workshops, live sets and collaborations that have taken them to over 60 countries so far.

Lulo Cafe

Lulo Café
Throughout his journey as a D.J, Lulo Café has positioned himself as an aficionado of quality, cutting edge House music and as a selector of note with his sets varying from down-tempo lounge, deep soulful grooves and funky

selections. The Soul Africa eXperience (The SAX) is a multifaceted campaign that celebrates Africa’s beauty, rich heritage and cultural diversity through a series of explosive and kaleidoscopic music, fashion, drama, film and cultural experiences throughout the African continent.

DJ Tendwa

Tendwa is the resident Creative Director at WiBO Culture, an outfit that co-creates authentic borderless experiences from the diversity of music, food,

fashion, games and stories. In music, Tendwa is a DJ, Remixer and aspiring producer who enjoys serving Afrolectic music as well as experimenting with the diversity of percussion instruments from Africa.

Tendwa uniquely blends his DJ sets with live percussion, and is a significant influence to the Afro + Electro movement that is blending electronic music with live percussion from Africa.



The Santuri Safari will also hold two workshops attended by DJs, producers, sound engineers, record label owners, festival organisers and arts curators. The first workshop will look at ways to reinvigorate entrepreneurial interest in indigenous East African musical styles and cultures, as well as new ways of producing, remixing, remaking and distributing music from the region. This workshop will lay the groundwork for a 3-year business plan to be known as the Santuri Project, a new approach to the integration of DJ culture, African musical heritage and the East African music economy. 

The second workshop will see DJs and producers working in collaboration with musicians in a studio environment. Led by SoundThread’s Sam Jones, participants will have the chance to interact with each other in the process of creating DJ-centric musical products that reflect a local identity, style or culture.  Specialist input from internationally renowned musicians, producers, DJs and singers who have gathered for Sauti za Busara will be provided for the benefit of the participants. The results of the co-creation sessions will then be premiered at the Sunset Sessions and after-party events during the festival.

The Santuri Safari is supported by HIVOS, with additional support from Music Mayday.

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