Busara Through The Year


2012 was an exciting and eventful year for Busara Promotions, the NGO behind Sauti za Busara. While the music festival is our main event–and one that takes most of the year to plan and produce–Team Busara keeps busy behind the scenes with a host of other activities.

Building Appreciation for East African Music


“Bringing bands from different countries of Africa together in one place is powerful. That is something we have to do. We need to do more often.” - Nneka (Nigeria/Germany)



Sauti za Busara 2012 was, by all accounts, the best festival yet, drawing fans from all corners of the world to see the best in African music. Among many highlights included Fredy Massamba (Congo), Tumi & The Volume (South Africa), Ndere Troupe (Uganda), Lumumba Theatre (Tanzania) and Nneka (Nigeria) In April 2012, Tausi Women’s Taarab featuring Bi Kidude performed in Beirut, Cairo, and Alexandra.

Jagwa Music finally released album “Bongo Hotheads”

The same month, Busara Promotions organised entertainments for the Wella Hairdressers group that was visiting Zanzibar. We introduced the visitors to a wealth of local music, including Safi Theatre, Jhiko Manyika, Carola Kinasha,

Tunaweza Band, Shirikisho Sanaa, Kilua Ngoma and more. In May 2012, Jagwa Music released their much-anticipated album “Bongo Hotheads” on Crammed records, to rave reviews worldwide. Busara organized Jagwa Music’s first international showcase at WOMEX (World Music Expo) in UK during 2005; after three electrifying performances at Sauti za Busara it’s great to see the group finally getting the attention they deserve.


Building Skills

Busara team attending Denmark’s Roskilde Festival

We hosted representatives from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival at Sauti za Busara 2012 to help us improve audience safety procedures and to provide technical training. As a part of this festival partnership, five Busara team members also had the opportunity to travel to Roskilde Festival during June-July, for further skills-building and experience. In addition we teamed up with Sawa Sawa Festival (Nairobi) and Bayimba Festival (Uganda) for ongoing exchanges and skills-training programmes for stage, production and technical crew.

International Networking

Senior staff on Strategic Planning retreat in Matemwe

Busara continues to strengthen collaborations
with other festivals and sister organizations throughout Africa and beyond. In 2012, Busara presented at the AFRIFESTNET festival directors meeting in Accra, Ghana, the Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the CERDOTOLA African music industry conference in Yaounde, Cameroon. Busara Promotions continues to be an active member in the African Music Festivals Network, Afrifestnet, East Africa Performing Arts Circuit (EAPAC) and Indian Ocean Music Network. “More than a Festival”; the film documentary produced by Busara Promotions with SYNK Media, was screened at AWME (Australasian Worldwide Music Expo) in Melbourne, Australia in November.


Busara Garden Party

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Busara Garden Party at our office in Maisara, Zanzibar

To thank friends and supporters, we hosted a garden party at our office in Maisara, Zanzibar, featuring live music, a screening of the “More than a Festival” documentary, food, drinks and vibes.


Sad Farewells & Happy Hellos

This year, Busara bid farewell to Rosie Carter (Assistant Director), Violet Maila (Marketing Manager) and Waziri Ally (Chairman, Board of Trustees). We thank Rosie, Violet, and Waziri for their passion, efforts and contributions over the years and wish them all the very best for future endeavors. At the same time, we welcome Juma K Juma, recently promoted to Technical Manager, and Rebecca Corey, Busara’s new Managing Director.