Call for Artists: Sauti za Busara 2022

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Call for Artists: Sauti za Busara 2022

Sauti za Busara, one of Africa’s top music festivals, is now in its 19th season. The next edition is scheduled in Stone Town, Zanzibar during 11 – 13 February 2022.

The Call for Artists is open only until midnight (EAT) on 31st July 2021.

Sauti za Busara showcases live, original and diverse music from the African Continent and diaspora. Musicians representing the Arab World and Indian Ocean region are also welcome to apply.

Preference is given to:

  • Unique music with cultural identity that is connected to Africa, the Arab World and Indian Ocean
  • Women artists, or groups led by women
  • Young, new and emerging talents
  • Music with messages that are positive, relevant and useful to society
  • Music that is performed ‘100% live’!

Music In Africa profile link 

Music In Africa ( is the leading information and exchange platform for African artists. A Music In Africa profile acts as an EPK (electronic press kit); if you keep this updated with latest audio and video releases, it will greatly enhance your global visibility and possibly lead to bookings beyond Sauti za Busara. To support your application consider uploading your profile to the Music In Africa portal and paste a link to this below.

Register here to upload your profile to Music in Africa portal

To apply to participate, please send all documents as listed below. Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

All below supporting documents must be clearly labeled and sent via WeTransfer/dropbox/google drive and  the link/s should be emailed to

  • Application form*
  • Link to Artist’s profile on the Music In Africa portal (optional)
  • Latest audio (MP3) release* (maximum 2 songs)
  • Latest video (MP4) of live performance* (maximum 2 clips )
  • 2 promotional photos* (high-resolution)
  • Stage Plan and Technical Rider (if available)

The submission deadline to receive your complete application is midnight (EAT) on 31st July 2021

If selected, Sauti za Busara will cover the following expenses for participating artists (+ 1 crew member):

  • Modest honorarium, aka performance fee
  • Per-diems, for meals and incidentals
  • Accommodation in Zanzibar
  • All local transport related to the performance
  • Tanzanian visa costs
  • Festival passes, including access to all shows for the duration of the event
  • Invitations to Movers & Shakers (networking for professionals), press conferences and other events
  • Artist’s profile in festival programmes, press releases, website and social media platforms.

The selection committee meets in August to finalise the line-up for Sauti za Busara 2022. Applicants will be notified of outcomes before September. Artists from outside the region are usually required to find their own travel sponsors.