Only five weeks until Sauti za Busara 2014

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Only five weeks until Sauti za Busara 2014

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Only five weeks to go!
The Line Up
The Programme – Book your Tickets Now!
Santuri Safari
Movers & Shakers
Visitor Info
Press Accreditation
WOMEX – the World Music Expo
Donors & Sponsors
Contact us
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11th Sauti za Busara festival: Only five weeks to go!

Warm greetings from Zanzibar, where the Busara Team has shifted into high gear. With just five weeks until the festival, the excitement is starting to be felt around the streets of Stone Town; the hotels are filling up and tickets are being snapped up! In addition to the exciting line up of artists who are all busy finalising their arrangements to come to Zanzibar, we also introduce an exciting DJ-centred project, the Santuri Safari – look out for details on our website and around the town.


The Line Up

In our last newsletter we announced the bulk of our line up of stellar artists. A few who were confirmed after that announcement are:

Ashimba (Tanzania / Finland) Majestad Negra (Puerto Rico) Street Rat and Body Mind & Soul (Malawi)Moyize (Rwanda) Ricky na Marafiki (Kenya) Rajab Suleiman & Kithara ft. Derya Takkali (Zanzibar / Turkey / Germany) Kazimoto (Tanzania / Germany).

For full line up see the website:

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Waldemar Bastos
Angola / PortugaL
mlimani Park Ochestra
Noumoucounda Cissoko
Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble
South Africa

The Programme � Book your Tickets Now!

5:00pm Baladna Taarab 5:00pm Ricky na Marafiki
6:10pm Pungwa 6:00pm Abantu Mandingo
7:00pm Tritonik 7:00pm Tarabband
8:10pm Joel Sebunjo ft. Lenna Kuurmaa 8:10pm Hoko Roro
9:10pm Jhikoman 9:00pm Waldemar Bastos
10:15pm Seven Survivor 10:00pm HAJAmadagascar and The Groovy People ft. Werner Puntigam
11:15pm Kara Sylla Ka 11:00pm Noumoucounda Cissoko
12:20am Wunmi 12:05am Kazimoto
1:00am Jupiter & Okwess International
5:00pm Street Rat and BodyMind & Soul 5:00pm Moyize
5:55pm Tausi Women’s Taarab 6:00pm Swahili Vibes
7:00pm The Nile Project 7:00pm Rajab Suleiman & Kithara ft. Derya Takkali
8:10pm Swahili Encounters 8:10pm Addis Acoustic Project ft Melaku Belay
9:05pm Majestad Negra 9:10pm Segere Original
10:00pm Ashimba 10:10pm Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble
10:55pm Oy 11:15pm Sona Jobarteh
11:55pm Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate
1:00am Ebo Taylor

For the full programme click here

With more than 200 artists playing 100% live African music under Zanzibar skies, you don’t need more reasons to reserve your place sooner than later AND benefit from our early bird prices, with 10% off until the end of January.

If you are in Zanzibar, you can take advantage of these specials too and get your ticket at the following outlets in Stone Town: Mercury’s Restaurant, Zanzibar Curio Shop, Archipelago Restaurant, Stone Town Café, Memories of Zanzibar and Kaya Shop & Tearoom. You have absolutely no reason to miss out on such incredible offer, get your tickets now!

Book your tickets online now using any of the following convenient payment methods in multiple currencies! Click here to get your tickets now.

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A limited number of festival passes and day tickets will be available at the Old Fort from 10:00am, Wed, 12th February. See the prices here:

Santuri Safari


This year, Busara Promotions premieres the Santuri Safari, a new project that focuses on the innovative role of the DJ in promoting and sharing music in East Africa.

During Sauti za Busara 2014, we’re bringing together DJs, producers, and other music industry professionals to kick-start a new movement in electronic music with a strong East Africa cultural identity. Celebrating and promoting the connection of African music to DJ culture, the Santuri Safari provides plenty of chances to get your groove on to some of the hottest DJs in the region – and the world!

What’s more, we’re inviting some of the region’s most influential creative arts professionals to work on innovative plans to strengthen the music industry, as well as top DJs and producers to collaborate on new musical projects. Festival visitors will have the chance to hear some of the results at our Sunset Sessions around Stone Town, (also to be broadcast live over the net), and at our official after-parties. Check out the website for details of locations, schedules and line-ups!

Movers & Shakers


Are you a musician, manager, promoter, festival organiser, journalist, or another type of music professional? Then Movers & Shakers is the space for you!

Sauti za Busara attracts music professionals from near and far. Movers and Shakers provides a place for them to get together, share information, exchange ideas, and network. The forum takes place each afternoon of the festival (this year from 2-4pm, location TBA) and provides the perfect opportunity for artists, managers, media and related professionals

Sessions are free and open to invited individuals. During the 11th edition, we’ll discuss how cultural operators can contribute to environmental sustainability, fundraising strategies for the arts, freedom of expression, and more. Do let us know if you have additional suggestions for themes and topics you’d like to see this year!

By invitation only: If you are a professional and wish to participate, please contact

Visitor Info

We care about our festival goers coming from all around the planet; here’s everything you need to know for planning your visit

We will have stalls selling clothes, food and festival merchandise. There are 3 recycling points around the venue. Please help us by using them to dispose of your waste. Sustainable East Africa, who is partnering with Sauti za Busara to ensure

a clean, green festival, also have a stall where you can find recycled souvenirs, like fantastic jewelry.

Press Accreditation

Last call for press accreditation! If you want to cover Sauti za Busara 2014, we have just extended to deadline to January 17th and would need to have your application in by then. Accredited members of the press with a Festival Press Pass will be granted entry to the festival and entitled to free access to the pre-festival press conference, all press meetings, wifi-equipped media facilities at the Old Fort, interviews with artists and festival organizers, and Movers & Shakers networking sessions.

Read more and apply here


WOMEX � the World Music Expo / Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain / 22 � 26 Oct 2014

WOMEX is "The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers." UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

The 19th edition of WOMEX in Cardiff, UK, Wales, in October 2013 saw over 2,250 delegates from more than 90 countries, 590 exhibitors, a full conference programme and a showcase festival presenting 60 acts on 7 stages. For more details visit:


We join the world in mourning the loss of our elder statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who lived with such grace and humility that his life is a lesson to us all.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

Donors & Sponsors

Busara Promotions is pleased to acknowledge the vision and support of donors and sponsors, without whom the festival would not be possible:

Norwegian Embassy Hivos
Goethe Institut Embassy of US Goethe Institut Ultimate Security Memories of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Unique Zanlink Azam Marine Alminar e
Media Partners

With thanks to Embassy of France, SMOLE II, Archipelago Restaurant, Stone Town Café, Mercury�s, AllyKeys Car Hire, fROOTS, Southern Sun Hotel, Embassy of Germany,

Contact us

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Busara Promotions
PO Box 3635
Stone Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Find us on the airport road, opposite Golf Club

Tel: +255 24 223 2423
or +255 773 822 294

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