Sauti za Busara (in swahili: “sounds of wisdom”) is an African music festival that is held every year in February in Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is centred in the Old Fort(Ngome Kongwe), with fringe events taking place concurrently around Stone Town – including a carnival street parade.
Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in East Africa, with several hundreds of artists participating each year. It showcases a diverse and dynamic programme of exclusively African music – 100% live – and has over the years provided a valuable stage for local Swahili talent, from taarab legends like Bi Kidude and Culture Musical Club, to homegrown Tanzanian pop and hip-hop.
Flying the ‘Africa United’ flag, the next edition during 9 – 12 February 2017 in Stone Town, Zanzibar will feature the following artists live on three stages.
on the coming year, along all the great African Artists, Sami Dan known for his different themes; love, unity, peace, humanity, spirituality and happiness. With his exceptional song writing skills, groovy melodies and authentic arrangements along with Zewd Band will be representing Ethiopia at the festival.
A festival kick off with ‘Full Mzuka!’ across the city (Feb 9)
400 artists perform live on three stages: Old Fort; Forodhani Gardens (Feb 9 – 12)
Festival vibes continue at Zanzibar East Coast on Valentines Night; Coco Blue (Feb 14)
Movers & Shakers:
Local and visiting industry professionals meet, network and exchange (Feb 10 – 12)
Digital Opportunities Workshop:
For East African artists to increase their online presence (Feb 10)
Censorship vs. Freedom of Expression Seminar:
For invited musicians and arts professionals (Feb 11)
Local and visiting musicians meet, exchange and collaborate (Feb 6 – 11)
Festival Fringe events across the island.