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Songlines Magazine (UK) Previews Sauti za Busara 2014 Line-up
Alex De Lacey.
The 11th edition of East Africa’s prestigious Sauti za Busara festival will take place February 13-16 2014 in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The first artists to be confirmed in the line-up have been announced and include Ghanian highlife legend Ebo Taylor, Jupiter and Okwess International and a collaboration between Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyaté more

National Geographic Traveler Profiles Sauti za Busara as one of its Best Winter Trips for 2014
Maryellen Kennedy Duckett
There’s no reason to hibernate this winter when there are new beaches, slopes, sports, and festivals to discover. This year’s list of best winter trips is a global collection of 15 editor-recommended destinations. Find the one that inspires you and start more

Bi Kidude: The sun sets at the end of a long, glowing era
By Edward Qorro
Friday, 19 April 2013
Many, many years ago, somewhere in Mfagimaringo village, a baby girl was born on a date that remains a mystery. She was a premature birth. The tiny, little baby, wrapped in a bundle of swaddling clothes lay on a more

theartsdesk in Zanzibar: The Nightingale Still Sings
by Thembi Mutch
10 March 2013
A crowd of men and younger women in full burkahs gathers, bewildered by the sight: an African woman, in West African “Mumu” (khaftan) and a covered head, playing Ghazals (Islamic calls to prayer). Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, a clear voice, sitting on a café terrazza, Nawal transports us: until it is broken. “How dare you use the name of Allah in a song?!” cries out a dishevelled street vendor, visibly upset. “But you use keyboards in your praise of Allah” she retorts calmly. It is 1pm, several hours before the Sauti Za Busara festival is about to begin. From the 12th-century Omani fort behind us, the more

Sauti za Busara 2013: Full Mzuka!
by Nils von der Assen
This Is Africa
7 March, 2013
We are halfway through the closing night of Sauti za Busara and an audience of thousands holds its collective breath, moved as it is by the powerful voice and performance of desert soul queen Khaira Arby, accompanied by a guitar that howls with gale force. The show is a display of passion and devotion, and as the lady opens her heart and engages in a spirited call more

Sauti za Busara Festival – Reflections
by The Baba Project
5 March, 2013
I never intended on visiting Zanzibar. Only when a music promoter friend in Nairobi casually mentioned that a world-class African music festival would occur on the island the following month (February,) did I even bother looking at it on a map. Now, like my Euro-American counterparts of old more

Tamasha la kimataifa la sauti za Busara,limefanyika kisiwani Zanzibar.
15 Februari, 2013
Tamasha la kimataifa la sauti za Busara, limefanyika kisiwani Zanzibar. Tamasha hilo liliwashirikisha wanamuziki chipukizi na wakongwe. Tamasha hilo limepata umaarufu kwa kuwa na muziki wa moja kwa moja, unaotumia ala za kiasili na za umeme. Tulanana Bohela, alihudhuria ufunguzi wa tamasha hilo. .... read more

Khaira Arby

Sauti Za Busara: East Africa’s Largest Music Festival
by Shannon Schaubroeck Blog
26 February 2013
Every February for the past decade, the island of Zanzibar has hosted East Africa’s best-loved – and now largest – music festival, Sauti za Busara. The festival includes artists from all edges of the continent, and from an ever growing scope of languages, musical genres more

Khaira Arby

Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar festival
14 February 2013
This year, the Sauti za Busara festival, which begins today, focuses on freedom of musical expression. Tenth year in a row, the East African music festival again opens its stages for approximately 400 invited performers and an excited local as well as relatively large international audience. ..... read more

AfriPOP! Picks for Sauti za Busara 2013
The 10th edition of the Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) music festival starts today and over 400 musicians from East Africa and elsewhere will serenade music lovers over the weekend until the 17th February 2013. Held annually on the quaint, rustic island of Zanzibar, Sauti za Busara boasts one of the most diverse and expansive musical line-ups known to African music festivals .... read more

Miaka 10 ya Sauti za Busara 2013
By Henry Mdimu
23 February 2013
TAMASHA la Kumi la Kimataifa la Sauti za Busara linalofanyika nchini kila mwaka, limemalizika visiwani Zanzibar mwishoni mwa wiki iliyopita, huku jukwaa lake likitawaliwa zaidi na wageni kuliko wasanii wa nyumbani, jambo lililozua maswali mengi miongoni more

Photographer Amy Lee Woodward’s Facebook photo album of pictures from the Festival

Khaira Arby

‘Sauti za Busara’ festival brings down the house in Zanzibar
22 February 2013
Every February, thousands of musical lovers from all over the world beat a path to Stone Town Zanzibar for the Sauti za Busara festival, East Africa’s biggest musical extravaganza. Translated from Kiswahili, Sauti za Busara means sound of wisdom. For the past 10 more

Sauti za Busara: Where is the local audience?
22 February 2013
It was a weekend with that had love hanging in the air as couples had kicked off with the celebration of the Valentine’s Day. Across the ocean in the Spice Islands the Sauti Za Busara festival had kicked off with Busara extra activities at several venues on the islands. Sitting at the Forodahni Gardens in Stone Town I watched the beautiful orange sun set in more

Sauti za Busara lamalizika na kuitosa Bongo Flava kwa mara nyingine
18 February 2013
Tamasha kubwa la muziki Afrika Mashariki la Sauti za Busara limemalizika jana visiwani Zanzibar baada ya kuanza February 14. Sauti za Busara ni tamasha kubwa na linafahamika kama "tamasha rafiki zaidi duniani huku mami kwa maelfu ya wananchi wa zanzibar na maeneo mengine nchini hujumuika na raiya wa kigeni kushuhudia wasanii wakimbuiza more


Uganda absent at Busara 2013
Written by Moses Serugo
13 February 2013
There will be no one to wave the Ugandan flag on the 2013 Sauti za Busara Festival stage in Zanzibar this weekend. None of the 19 groups that applied to be part of the 10th edition of East Africa’s premier World Music experience made the grade ..... read more


Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar: 10 Years and Going Strong
by Belinda Otas
February 07 2013
When Sauti za Busara started in 2004, the goal was to stage a music festival with mostly Tanzanian artists for Tanzanian audiences. However, a decade on, it has morphed into an international festival that attracts a global audience with thousands of revelers annually.... read more


Sauti za Busara: Celebrating music, enriching lives
by crave music magazine
February 06 2013
In February every year, thousands of music lovers from all over the world beat their path to Stone Town Zanzibar to experience Sauti za Busara, East Africa’s biggest musical extravaganza. Since its inception in 2004, when the festival exclusively... read more

10th Sauti za Busara promised to reflect growth
February 01 2013
Sauti za Busara organisers have promised to put on a festival that will reflect its growth over the last ten years the Board's Vice-Chairman, Simai Said assured journalists at the Southern Sun Hotel Dar es Salaam. read more

February 01 2013
Mwenyekiti wa Bodi wa Kampuni ya Busara Promotion inayoandaa Tamasha la Sauti za Busara, Simai Mohamed (kulia), akizungumza katika mkutano na waandishi wa habari Dar es Salaam more

Sauti za Busara Overcomes Sponsorship Challenges
by In2EastAfrica Reporter
January 29 2013
Sauti za Busara faces a drop in corporate sponsorship this year, its 10th anniversary, but vows to continue making each festival better than the last. read more

More Than A Festival Sauti za busara Zanzibar from Sauti za Busara on Vimeo.

Sauti za Busara kicks off with Busara Xtra
January 21 2013
Sauti za Busara music festival will take a step back on the first day of the festival, February 14, to let the very famous Stone Town shine. This is the first day of ‘Busara Xtra’ read more

Africa’s greatest to shine at 10th Sauti za Busara festival
January 3rd, 2013
Mammoth crowds from all corners of the world are expected to gather during February in Zanzibar for a special 10th anniversary edition of the annual international music festival Sauti za Busara. The festival takes place during 14th -17th February 2013 at the Old Fort in Zanzibar read more

January 17, 2013
This year’s Sauti za Busara Music festival, will be held in Stone Town, Zanzibar from February 14 -17. It will be supporting free speech by featuring African artistes whose music is restricted or banned in their home countries. read more

More Than a Festival (Zanzibar, Tanzania) Directed by: Merete Stubhaug Documentary Film © 2012. English / Swahili © Busara Promotions / SYNK Media Running time: 24’49” Produced by: Busara Promotions / SYNK Media

Mokoomba heads for Busara Festival
January 6, 2013
Celebrated afro-fusion group, Mokoomba, that has performed at various platforms across Europe, is set to take part at the Sauti za Busara festival in more