Zanzibar news update – Sauti Za Busara deadlines looming


The most important and most widely recognized East African cultural and performing arts festival held annual in Zanzibar, Sauti Za Busara, has reminded artists wishing to participate in the 2012 event, due to be held between February 08th and 12th next year, that they must apply for selection by latest 31st of July, i.e. in just a few weeks time, to allow the organizers to process and select their lineup.

Sauti Za Busara 2012 is set to become the biggest and best organized festival yet since its inception a few years ago, when few media – besides this correspondent – paid much attention to the fete, and hotels are already experiencing a rush in reservations for the period of the festival. Admission during day to the festival area is again free although nominal charges apply for evening performances to assist the organizers in meeting the ever greater cost to set up and stage a festival which is now renowned around the world as THE most important Swahili, African and general performing arts show in Eastern Africa if not the entire continent.


African music films, a new category to submit entries to, however have still until 30th September this year to apply for entry. Sauti Za Busara is now also visible on Facebook and more details about the festival can be sourced via or by writing to

This is a definite ‘Do absolutely NOT miss’ event.



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