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  • Music in Africa

    Music In Africa partners with Sauti za Busara as official EPK platform

    By Music in Africa, 9 April 2019

    The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) has partnered with Sauti za Busara to provide musicians with the ideal platform to create electronic press kits (EPKs) when applying to perform at one of Africa's biggest music festivals... read more

  • Music in Africa

    Call for applications: Sauti za Busara 2020

    By Music in Africa, 9 April 2019

    Sauti za Busara, in partnership with Music In Africa, is calling on artists from the African continent to apply to perform at the festival's upcoming edition in Stone Town, Zanzibar, from 13 to 16 February 2020... read more

  • The Citizen

    Swahili Encounters speaking the universal language of music

    By The Citizen, 5 April 2019

    The Swahili Encounters forum, aiming to break music barriers, is proof of how musicians from different backgrounds can interact and learn from each other, whilst forging new directions in artistic collaboration ... read more

  • the Arts Desk

    theartsdesk in Zanzibar: behind the veil
    Searching for the real island at this year's Sauti za Busara festival of African Music.

    By Andy Morgan, the Arts Desk, 9 March 2019

    Damn exotica. It has a habit of marshalling your gaze away from shabby Soviet-style apartment blocks and training it on white-washed palaces with ornate doors and latticed balconies, away from traffic jams of fume-spouting 4 x 4s ... read more

  • TV-E Tanzania

    Documentary: Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar 2019 (Swahili)

    Festival 2019 Highlights by TV-E Tanzania

  • Music in Africa

    Asia Madani: Leaving Sudan was the best thing for my career

    By Music in Africa, 4 March 2019

    Asia Madani has been singing since she was nine. Eighteen years ago, she got her lucky break when she left Sudan for Egypt's capital Cairo, a leading cultural hub for Arab-speaking musicians. Madani attributes her success to Egypt's thriving music scene, which exposed her to a wealth of musical styles. This also led her to fusing different Arabic musical cultures with Sudanese folk. Fast forward to 2019 and ... read more

  • Zanzibar

    Busara, wasanii Zanzibar wamlilia Ruge

    By Zanzibar Leo, 28 Feb 2019

    Taasisi ya Busara Promotions yenye maskani yake visiwani Zanzibar na wasanii mbalimbali, wamesema kifo cha marehemu Ruge Mutahaba kimewapokonya alama muhimu katika tasnia ya muziki nchini... read more

  • Youtube Playlist: SzB2019 festival line-up

    Published on 9 Nov 2018


    Each year during February, audiences from across the world converge in Stone Town, Zanzibar to celebrate African music under African skies. Hosted by the NGO Busara Promotions, Sauti za Busara festival is 'one of Africa's best and most respected music events' (BBC).

  • Music in Africa

    Sauti za Busara wins hearts with diverse line-up

    By Music in Africa, 14 Feb 2019

    Zanzibar is sweltering hot but that doesn’t deter the locals and the tourists from gathering in Stone Town to experience the wonder that is Sauti za Busara festival. As you arrive in the ancient city, overjoyed faces greet you and you're immediately sucked into the ecstatic atmosphere ... read more

  • DW Kiswahili  

     Sauti za Busara, burudisho la kukata na shoka lahitimishwa Zanzibar

    By DW.kiswahili, 11 Feb 2019

    Siku nne za uhondo wa Tamasha la Sauti za Busara zilimalizika Jumapili visiwani Zanzibar. Wadau wamesema tamasha la mwaka huu lilikuwa la kipekee kwa mahudhurio na utumbuizaji. Pata mengi katika... vidio hii

  • The Guardian

     Sauti za Busara, the festival promoting African music in all its diversity

    By Africalia, 5 Feb 2019

    Sauti za Busara is one of the best festivals to discover new sounds and unique artists from the continent. Starting in a couple of days, from February 7th till 10th 2019, it makes a good reason to get to know the values of this festival better...read more

  • The Guardian

     Tanzanians urged to fully exploit Sauti za Busara festival

    By The Guardian, 31 Jan 2019

    With a few days left prior to the opening day of the Sauti za Busara festival, the festival board chairman Simai Mohammed Said has called upon the local population to take up opportunities that the festival provides, from the business deals to new interactions...read more

  • Bongo News

    Sauti za Busara 2019: 5 questions for Fadhilee Itulya

    By Music in Africa, 30 Jan 2019

    After failing to make the Sauti za Busara line-up on four separate occasions, Kenya's Fadhilee Itulya will finally get a chance to bring the acclaimed omutibo genre to Stone Town, Zanzibar, on 8 February ... read more

  • Mtanzania Digital  

     Hizi ndizo faida za tamasha la Sauti za Busara kwa taifa, wasanii

    By Mtanzania Digital, 24 Jan 2019

    Mkurugenzi wa Sauti za Busara, maarufu DJ Yusuf ameweka wazi faida zinazopatikana kupitia tamasha letu pia balozi wa Norway naye ameweka wazi sababu zinzaofanya tamasha hilo lidhaminiwe...watch video

  • Mtanzania Digital  

     Faida za tamasha la muziki la Sauti za Busara nchini zawekwa wazi

    By Mtanzania Digital, 22 Jan 2019

    Uongozi wa tamasha la 16 la Kimataifa la Muziki la Sauti za Busara linalotarajiwa kufanyika Februari 7 hadi 10 katika Ukumbi wa Ngome Kongwe, visiwani Zanzibar, umeweka wazi idadi ya wasanii watakaoshiriki kwenye tamasha hilo na faida inazopatikana kwa nchi na wasanii kwa ujumla ...read more

  • Music in Africa  

     Why you can't miss Sauti za Busara 2019

    By Music in Africa, 22 Jan 2019

    Zanzibar is a melting pot of culture and history. It plays host to tourists, seafarers and traders from all corners of the globe. Next month should be no different when the Sauti za Busara festival kicks off at Stone Town's Old Fort from 7 to 10 February ...read more

  • Tamasha la Sauti za Busara kurudi kwa kishindo Zanzibar

    By Simulizi na Sauti, 22 Jan 2019


    Meneja wa Tamasha la Sauti za Busara Journey Ramadhan akizungumza na wanahabari leo jijini Dar es Salaam

  • Edgar  

     Why Zanzibar's Sauti za Busara music festival should be on your to-do list

    By Edgar's South Africa, 17 Jan 2019

    The Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar is at its most magical in February, when it puts on one of the best music festivals in Africa. This is Sauti za Busara, a spellbinding, booty-shaking and feet-stomping party unlike any other in Zanzibar - or Africa, for that matter...read more

  • The Guardian

      'Celebrating Africa's diversity as we fight corruption'

    By The Guardian, 16 Jan 2019

    According to festival director Yusuf Mahmoud the theme for this year's edition targets to fight corruption because they believe artists can use their voices to fight this vice as they celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. "In support of artists who use music to advocate for peace, unity, human rights and freedom of expression, a strong message visible at this year's festival is 'Say No to Corruption' (Potezea Rushwa, Sio Dili!) ...read more

  • Bongo Fleva, Singeli kunogesha Tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2019

    By Mtanzania Digital, 14 Jan 2019


    Wasanii wa Bongo Fleva, Fid Q, Damian Soul na wengine wengi pamoja na wasanii wa nyimbo mbalimbali akiwemo wa Singeli watanogesha Tamasha la Sauti za Busara linalotarajiwa kuanza February 7 hadi 10 huko visiwani Zanzibar ... watch video.

  • Bongo News

     Sauti za Busara Festival - Come Alive with Sounds of Wisdom

    By The Inspired Africa, 12 Jan 2019

    One must-go-to festival, coming up very soon, is the Sauti za Busara music festival. From 7 to 10 February 2019, it takes place in the historically magnificent World Heritage Site city of Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar. There, you will get the best of live music, culture and most importantly 'location, location, location'...read more

  • Bongo News

     Singeli kung'aa kwenye tamasha la Sauti za Busara kwa mara ya kwanza

    By Rhobi Chacha, Mwananchi, 9 Jan 2019

    Tamasha la Sauti za Busara kuanza kutimua vumbi Februari 7 hadi 10, 2019 na miongoni mwa wasanii watakaowasha moto wa burudani ni pamoja na wa miondoko ya singeli kutoka kundi la S Kide ...read more

  • Bongo News

     The 10 Best African Music Festivals

    By okayafrica, 19 Nov 2018

    African music, in all its genres and forms, has one of the largest congregations in the world, with millions of people both on the continent and in the diaspora celebrating their love and connection to their culture through sound. Despite the rapid digitization of our music consumption through the internet and streaming services, nothing will ever beat the experience of live music ...read more

  • Bongo News

     Sauti za Busara announces 2019 artistes line-up

    By The East African, 3 Nov 2018

    The organisers of Sauti za Busara have announced the line-up for next year's festival scheduled for February 7-10 at its traditional venue of Stone Town in Zanzibar. The main venue for next year's extravaganza is the Old Fort. The festival will feature 44 performances by artistes from across Africa on three live stages with... read more

  • Bongo News

     Sauti za busara 2019 knocking at the doors

    By The Citizen, 19 Oct 2018

    The 2019 edition of Sauti za Busara could be some four months away but has released the festival line up which features some illustrious performers from across the African Continent ... read more

  • Bongo News

    Sauti za Busara: line-up announcement for 2019 edition

    By Music in Africa, 16 Oct 2018

    Sauti za Busara has announced the artists who will perform at the 2019 edition of the festival, to be held from 7 to 10 February in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Considered one of Africa's most-respected festivals, Sauti za Busara will feature 44 performances from artists across the African continent... read more

  • Sauti za Busara 2019 festival promo(1 min)

    Published on 4 Oct 2018


    ZANZIBAR, 7 - 10 FEB 2019: Karibuni nyote: music lovers of the world are welcome at @Sauti za Busara. (60 sec) © Busara Promotions, 2018 Music: Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) - "Muzwile"

  • Bongo News

    Early call from Sauti za Busara

    By Paul Owere , 27 April 2018

    The 2019 edition of the Sauti za Busara is some 10 months away and organisers have already announced the call for artistes for the prestigious annual festival. Billed as the best East African festival, the extravaganza this year attracted over 10,000 revellers from across the world making the month of February a high tourist season on the Spice Isles.... read more

  • Bongo News

    Call for applications: Sauti za Busara 2019

    by Music in Africa, 11 April 2018

    The organisers of Sauti za Busara festival are calling on performing artists whose music is connected to Africa to apply for the event scheduled to take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar, from 7 to 10 February 2019 ... read more