busara through the years 2008

 
 

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Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni

“So what do you do the rest of the year?” Actually, the music festival alone occupies our modest staff team for most of the year; what with selecting best mix of artists, raising publicity and raising funds. But, on top of this, we do still manage to get out occasionally.

Sponsoring others
In July we sent our Festival Press offi cer, Saphia, to participate in Arts Journalism Training workshops in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Mbabane (Swaziland). We also supported a local performer (Mo H), by donating recording-studio fees as a prize in the Zanzibar WAPI Competition, and on other occasions we sponsored show fees for local performing-artists in support of various local shows.

Representing Busara
Maulidi ya Homu ya MtendeniIn the past year, Busara attended “Babel Med” in Marseille, “World Music Expo” (WOMEX) in Sevilla, “Music as an agent of change” conference in Copenhagen, and the “World Cultural Economic Forum” in New Orleans. It was there that Busara Chairman Simai Mohamed gave a presentation on “Best Practices: Cultural Tourism” and had the honour of giving Busara postcard to Kevin Little.

Achievements
The fi lm about Bi Kidude, “As Old As My Tongue”, has picked up “Best International Documentary” award in at least three fi lm festivals, and has had numerous screenings around the world, including the European Film Festival in Dar es Salaam. The fi lm has just become available in Tanzania on DVD, so if you have always wanted your own copy, the wait is fi nally over. The “Zanzibar Festival Classics” CD+DVD was released about a year ago. Sales have been steady, but slow, and we are hoping the production costs will soon be covered so the Tanzanian artists will start benefi ting. Another labour of love has been the Busara Book - telling the story of our first five years. It fi nally hit the coffee tables in March, after a frustrating delay, and has brought smiles of delight to many faces.

Publicity
Maulidi ya Homu ya MtendeniAs in previous years, we went along to “fl y the fl ag” and publicise Busara at various festivals and events including B- Connected, Dar (May), ZIFF (Jul), WOMAD UK (Jul), Bagamoyo Festival (Oct), and Makutano, Dar (Nov). Following the 2008 festival we were delighted to get a good looking 10 minute report on MNet’s Studio 53 (broadcast across Africa). Yusuf’s also pleased that the 8 min video clip of Sauti za Busara 2008 posted on You Tube in April, had clocked-up 3,150 views by the end of Dec. And then… it was February already, and time for another music festival.