Sounds of Wisdom Music Festival (Sauti za Busara Music Festival)

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Country and Region TanzaniaZanzibar West
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Zanzibar, Zanzibar West, Tanzania
Festival Contact Information

Sauti za Busara Music Festival
Busara Promotions
P. O. Box 3635
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Phone: (255) 24-223-2423, or (255) 773 822 294

Festival Description

Sauti za Busara music festival is an annual celebratory event held at the Old Fort in Zanzibar. The programming features a diverse medley of African music with over four hundred musicians and fringe events. Participating artists taking part hail from Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and many other countries. Live shows both acoustic and electric, include established and rising artists. There is also the popular Carnival Street Parade of brass bands, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers, acrobats among others. Importantly there are collaborative sessions among the local and visiting artists. Seminars and training workshops, networking, African music films, a marketplace with local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts. To round out the festival experience there are fringe events, open-mic sessions, parties and so very much more…

Festival Dates February 13 - 16, 2014
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Festival Events:

Call for artists 2014:
  • Is your music 100% live?
  • Is your music connected to Africa?
  • Are you interested in performing next February in Zanzibar? If you can answer yes, yes, yes – then please read on…
    • Applications are now open to apply for the chance to perform at the 11th edition of Sauti za Busara. In past years, more than 350 groups have performed, including Cheikh Lo, Khaira Arby, Mokoomba, Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, Nneka, Natacha Atlas, Didier Awadi, Bassekou Kouyate, Jagwa Music, Tumi & the Volume, Fredy Massamba, Thandiswa, Culture Musical Club, Orchestre Poly Rythmo, Sousou & Maher Cissoko and more. The festival features live music only, i.e. no playback Note we receive hundreds of applications every year. All artists have to complete online application and send recordings to reach our office before 31 July 2012. The festival selection committee meets in August and all applicants are notified of outcomes by email during September.


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  • Festival blogs and online news reports
Festival videos:
  • Sauti za Busara 2011 festival highlights (official) by Merete Stubhaug/Synk Media;=player_embedded
Photo galleries:
  • Busara Music
  • Flickr


Practical Info:

Photo slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Banana Zorro & The B Band (Tanzania) at Sauti za Busara 2010. Photo: by Peter Bennett
    • Evening audience, photo by David Murphy
    • Jagwa Music from Tanzania, photo by Peter Bennett
    • Jahazi Modern Taarab from Tanzania, photo by Eirik Folkedal
    • Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni from Zanzibar by Anoop Singh
    • Sousou and Maher Cissoko from Senegal/Sweden, photo by David Murphy
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