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Festival audiences
African Music Under African skies

Sauti za Busara is one of Africa’s top music festivals. Included in CNN International ’s top ‘7 African music festivals you really have to see’, it’s popular with local people and attracts visitors from all continents.

Sauti za Busara brings people together in celebration of African music. The 12th edition takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar during February 12 – 15, 2015. The theme is PEACE & UNITY, with a special focus on the music of Tanzania.

SzB 2012 official video
Sauti za Busara 2012 Official video
SzB More than a festival (2012)
SzB More Than a Festival (2012)

Sauti za Busara 2013 (Official)

With two stages showcasing emerging talents alongside big-name artists, musicians from Tanzania already confirmed for Sauti za Busara 2015 include:

Culture Musical Club, Mim Suleiman, Msafiri Zawose, Weusi, Leo Mkanyia & Swahili Blues Band, Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta, Mgodro Group, Zee Town Sojaz, Rico Single & Swahili Vibes, Ifa Band, Mwahiyerani, Tunaweza Band, Mabantu Africa, Cocodo African Music, Kiki Kidumbaki, DCMA Young Stars, Shirikisho Sanaa Group, Babawatoto Centre and more.

Representing Kenya will be Octopizzo, Sarabi and Bonaya Doti. And Liza Kamikazi and band from Rwanda.

All artists perform live (no ‘playback’). Click on links for video clips, artists’ biogs, photos and more.

SzB 2015 Artists

Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)

Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar/UK)
Msafiri Zawose
Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania)
Octopizzo and band
Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)
Octopizzo and band
Octopizzo and band (Kenya)
Sarabi (Kenya)
Octopizzo and band
Bonaya Doti (Kenya)
Octopizzo and band
Liza Kamikazi and band (Rwanda)
100% live

Check festival website for regular updates on headline and international artists, to include top musicians from South Africa, Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Mali, Senegal, Madagascar, Comoros and Reunion islands.

“All-Festival Passes” are on sale now, with safe booking online. 20% discounts available only until end of November. Further discounts are offered for ‘wenzetu’, citizens of Tanzania and East African residents.

Call for African Music Films: deadline 30th November
Visiting Zanzibar: for tips on flights, ferries, maps, accommodation and more
Job vacancy: Press Coordinator : deadline 1st November
Press Accreditation: deadline 19th December
Be a Friend of Busara
Advertise in Festival Programme: Deadline to receive artwork: 19 Dec 2014
Stalls and traders: Deadline for booking and payment: 19 Dec 2014
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… and also thanks to:, Embassy of France, Mehta’s Hospital, Southern Sun DSM, Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel and Friends of Busara

More festival donors, sponsors and partners will be announced widely and loudly over coming months.

Check out our new website: it’s fresh and mobile-friendly for music-loving people on the go!

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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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