Sauti Za Busara returns in 2017

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Audience at Sauti za Busara 2015 (photo by Peter Bennett)

Sauti za Busara 2017

Sauti za Busara is organised by Busara Promotions, an NGO registered in Zanzibar. The festival is one of ‘Africa’s best and most respected music events’(BBC World). After its first year of absence since 2004, Sauti za Busara resumes in Stone Town, Zanzibar during 9th – 12th February 2017. The full line up of artists and events will be announced in October. For four days and nights the festival plans to feature:

  • Live Performances: World-class music with 400 artists (40 groups) on stage – and no ‘playback’!
  • Roadshows & Carnival Parade: More excitement and ‘full mzuka’ around outlying districts of the city
  • Swahili Encounters: Local and visiting artists meet, exchange and collaborate
  • Movers & Shakers: Local and global industry professionals meet, network and exchange
  • Busara Xtra: Fringe events across the island, as organised by local communities

Sauti za Busara showcases quality, live, original music with cultural identity. At the same time it:

  • Promotes peace and respect for diversity
  • Creates jobs and develops livelihoods
  • Builds skills and provides training opportunities
  • Brings a huge boost for the local economy
  • Defends freedom of expression

Katapila Sangula Ngoma Tanzania (photo by Eirik Folkedal)Thais Diarra at SzB 2014 (photo by Jonathan Kalan)Cheikh Lo Senegal at SzB 2013 by Peter StanleyMokoomba (Zimbabwe) at SzB 2013 by Peter Stanley

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Final Call for Artists

Sauti za Busara showcases music from the African Continent and diaspora. Artists from the Arab World and Indian Ocean region are also more than welcome to apply.

For consideration by the official selection committee, applications must include two recent recordings (on CD or DVD), a short biography and two quality photos. Only complete submissions will be considered.

The deadline for applications to reach Busara Promotions office is 31 July 2016. See here for link to application form


Black Roots Culture Group-AP Photo by Karel PrinslooIsabel Novella (Mozambique) at  Sauti za Busara 2015 photo Link ReubenSarabi Kenya at Sauti za Busara 2015 photo Pernille Baerendtsen100%LIVEWanafunzi wa SOS (Zanzibar) (photo by Masoud Khamis)Djmawi Africa Algeria at Sauti za Busara 2015 (photo by Robin Batista)


audience by Eirik FolkedalSzB13 Audience N'faly Kouyate by Peter Bennett


Tickets & Passes

AFRICA UNITED special discounts. African passport holders tickets half price, Tanzania’s citizens discounts see fantastic good value prices.

50% off

All Festival Passes Supersaver
1 July – 31 Oct only
VIP Supporters US$ 170
Regular (International) US$ 102
All Africa (Citizens) US$ 51
East Africa (Residents) US$ 51
Tanzania (Citizens) 20,000/- TSh
Children (up to 12, accompanied) FREE

Please consider purchasing VIP Passes, to show your support and help keep Sauti za Busara alive.

Festival Tickets & Passes are available from Fri 1st July. The above Supersaver prices include 15% discounts and will be sold until 31 October only, subject to availability.

See website for more info on tickets, stalls and traders’ applications, concessions for press and media, photo galleries and video highlights.

Thanks to Donors & Sponsors

Selling tickets is never a problem, but these only cover 25% of festival costs. Busara Promotions gives thanks and respect to sponsors and partners, for supporting our mission to promote African music, build local skills and strengthen networking in the cultural sector.


RNE LOGO    princilapalsponsor

Main Sponsor


Partners & Sponsors

zanlink   frootsmag   amdpmusic   musiciafrica   DCMA  frootsmag

Contact Busara

Busara Promotions
P O Box 3635
Stone Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Find us off the airport road, Maisara
Tel: +255 24 223 2423
or +255 773 822 294

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