#SautiZaBusara2018 preparations getting into high gear


(Posted 27th October 2017)


Sauti za Busara 2018
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United in Music

Sauti za Busara festival brings together people from different backgrounds to celebrate African music under African skies. The 2018 edition will rock the walls of Zanzibar’s Stone Town over four days during 8 – 11 February 2018 with 44 performances live on three stages. Details are being finalised with ‘headline’ artists; please check official festival website for the latest news


SzB2018 Festival Line-up announced!


Kasai Allstars (DRC)  Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)  Alsarah & the Nubatones(Sudan / USA)  Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania)  Ribab Fusion (Morocco)  Kidum & the Boda Boda Band (Burundi / Kenya)  Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)  Afrikan Boy (Nigeria / UK)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)  Matona’s Cultural Band (Zanzibar / Tanzania)  Makadem (Kenya)  Mangwenya Diana Samkange (Zimbabwe)  Fatma Zidan (Egypt / Denmark)  Inganzo Ngari(Rwanda)  Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania / Denmark)  Segere Original (Tanzania)  Simangavole(Reunion)  Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia)  Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya)  Kiltir (Reunion)  El Dey(Algeria)  Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Simbin Project (Switzerland)  CAC Fusion (Tanzania)  Mbanaye (Malawi)  Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi)  Isack Abeneko(Tanzania)  Grace Matata (Tanzania)  Safi Theatre (Tanzania)  Siti & the Band (Zanzibar)  Matona’s Afdhal Group (Zanzibar / Norway)  Mapanya Band (Zanzibar / Norway)  Zanzibar Taarab Ensemble (Zanzibar) N.B. final line up subject to confirmation

SzB Audience (photo by Peter Stanley)

Sauti za Busara Audience (photo by Peter Stanley)

Kasai Allstars  Zakes_Bantwini_love_light  Alsarah at SzB2014 by Peter Bennett  Msafiri Zawose (TZ) at Sauti za Busara 2015  by photo Peter Bennett Mlimani Park Orchestra  Fatma Zidan   Maia & the Big Sky  Kiltir El Dey  Afrikan Boy  Simangavole  Mangwenya Diana Samkange

#SzB2018 Festival Events


#UnitedinMusic: 400 artists perform 44 shows on three stages: Old Fort; Forodhani Gardens (Feb 8 – 11)
Carnival Parade: All are welcomed to join the festival kick off with ‘Full Mzuka!’ across the city (Feb 8)
Swahili Encounters:  Local and visiting musicians meet, exchange and collaborate (Feb 5 – 10)
Movers & Shakers: Networking for local and visiting music industry professionals (Feb 9 – 11)
After-Party: Busara vibes continue with African music DJs at a fabulous beach location tbc (Feb 13)
Busara Xtra: Festival fringe activities across Zanzibar. Let us know; we’ll promote your events (Feb 1 – 17)


Tickets & Passes


Tickets for Sauti za Busara 2018 are available online to buy securely and safely with 50% discount for all African passport-holders and EAC Residents. Special prices are offered for Tanzanian citizens. Early Bird Supersaver discounts are available for all nationalities – but only until 31 October!
In addition, we offer complimentary tickets with bulk bookings for hotels, travel and tour operators.
For ticket prices see www.busaramusic.org/festivals/tickets/


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See website for more info, press resourcesphoto galleries and video highlights.


Info for Visitors


First time to Zanzibar?
See Info for Visitors


Stone Town sunset by Eirik Folkedal

Stone Town sunset by ASnyder

Kizimkazi lone palm by Peter Bennett

Kizimkazi lone palm by Peter Bennett

Get Involved


Selling tickets is not a problem, but these cover only 30% of festival costs. To go ahead as planned, the festival urgently needs more sponsors. See details here


Generous visibility and other benefits are offered for all sponsors and partners.


There are many ways to get involved: Be a Sponsor Be a Friend of Busara Donate ,Advertise Hire a Stall Join the Crew Join Busara Xtra


Stalls & Traders


A limited number of stall spaces are available for rental inside or close to the Old Fort throughout the festival, to trade or display your goods. Priority is given to local and East African traders offering unique and locally-made arts, crafts, clothes, music, food and refreshments.
Click here for stalls and traders application form


SzB Audience (photo by Peter Stanley)

Press & Media


Sauti za Busara offers generous benefits for Media Partners. See links for media accreditation(press, photo and film permits), festival presskitphoto galleriespress releasesmedia coverage and downloads.


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Busara Promotions gives thanks and respect to donors, sponsors and partners for their generous support.




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