Zanzibar news update – Sauti Za Busara artist line up confirmed

East Africas best known music and performing arts festival, Sauti Za Busara, held annually in February on the spice island of Zanzibar, has just announced the final line up of artists for next years edition. Africas big names are lined up again as the festival has become a magnet for performers but also for spectators, which will fill every last bed on Zanzibar as experience has shown from this years music fete.
Below are some of the highlights of the forthcoming festival which will run from 08th till 12th February 2012.
This is one of Africa foremost events for musical and other performances, including ever more side shows and not to be missed. Book your appointment with Zanzibar now before the fully booked signs go up and leave you to regret or else to wait till 2013.

Sauti za Busara 2012 artists confirmed


The 9th edition of Sauti za Busara music festival takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from Wed 8 Sun 12 February 2012. 100% LIVE African music under African skies. Here is what you can expect to see on our stage in February.

Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Super Mazembe (DRC / Kenya) Lady Jaydee (Tanzania) Nneka (Nigeria) Tumi & The Volume (South Africa) Ary Morais (Cape Verde) Companhia Nacional de Canto e Dança (Mozambique) Bi Kidude (Zanzibar) Tausi Women’s Taarab (Zanzibar) Ndere Troupe (Uganda) Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania) Ogoya Nengo (Kenya) Chébli Msaïdie (Comoros) Kozman Ti Dalon (Reunion) Skuli ya Kiongoni (Zanzibar) Kidumbaki JKU (Zanzibar) Utamaduni JKU (Zanzibar) Shirikisho Sanaa (Zanzibar) Seven Survivor (Tanzania) Tunaweza Band (Tanzania) Hanitra (Madagascar) Jembe Culture Group (Tanzania) Leo Mkanyia (Tanzania) Swahili Vibes Band (Zanzibar) Qwela (Uganda) Tandaa Traditional Group (Zanzibar) Wanafunzi wa SOS (Zanzibar)

and more artists to be confirmed

Programme may be subject to change. Check for regular updates on artists and events.

Carnival Parade


Zanzibars BIGGEST Street Parade to date. The festival activities in the Old Fort kick off in style with the Carnival Street Parade happening on the 9th Feb. The parade features, beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers and acrobats and plenty other surprises. Everyone is welcome to join in the parade a unique experience, and a great way to see StoneTown and surrounding areas.

Busara Xtra fringe events


During the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of Busara Xtra fringe events for you to truly enjoy the full Zanzibar experience. Ngoma drum and dance performances, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and open rehearsals of Zanzibars oldest taarab orchestras are all arranged by the local community.

This is also an opportunity for the local community to host events, and we help spread the word.
Let us know of your festival related activities and we can advertise it in the programme. For more details see Busara Xtra.

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