Zanzibar tourism and culture news – Sauti Za Busara 2012 line up of artists now confirmed

Zanzibars globally renowned music, film and culture festival, Sauti Za Busara, has just announced the final lineup for selected artists participating in next years event, in their latest information sent out to the media.
A partial reproduction of their latest news letter, which also includes a final call for Movers and Shakers as well as for the submission of films by 18th November, is shown here below to give Sauti Za Busara all the publicity they deserve and all the global exposure they need to make the festival the biggest and best yet.

Line up announcement


Artists already confirmed for Sauti za Busara 2012 include

Super Mazembe (DRC / Kenya) Ally Kiba (Tanzania) Nneka (Nigeria) Tumi & The Volume (South Africa) Ary Morais (Cape Verde) Companhia Nacional de Canto e Danca (Mozambique) EJ von Lyrik (South Africa) Tausi Women’s Taarab (Zanzibar) Ndere Troupe (Uganda) Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania) Ogoya Nengo (Kenya) Chébli Msaïdie (Comoros) Kozman Ti Dalon (Reunion) Teba Shumba (South Africa) 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 being confirmed

EJ Von Lyrik

Ally Kiba


EJ von Lyrik (South Africa)

Ally Kiba (Tanzania)

Nneka (Nigeria)

Programme may be subject to change. Check for regular updates on artists and events. See more exciting new features on our website including Music Charts, Top African Music Festivals, East African Arts Events Calendar, photo galleries and

Call for Movers & Shakers


mover and shakers

We are looking for African music professionals with success stories to share at the next Movers & Shakers Networking Forum in Stone Town, Zanzibar during February 2012.

Movers & Shakers is the warm, informal meeting place for local and visiting arts professionals to meet and greet during Sauti za Busara music festival. Sessions take place during 3 – 5pm for participants to discuss, exchange information and develop ideas for the creative industries in East Africa & beyond.

Movers & Shakers is free and open to all invited artists, managers, promoters, journalists, donors, sponsors and arts professionals.If you have an inspiring story to share or wish to participate, email busara

Final call for African music films


We are looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining music films to screen, from the African Continent and diaspora. These may be full length features, recorded concerts, documentaries, music clips and videos or more experimental films. We are looking primarily for:

> Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa

> Films that tell of new and unheard of sounds as well as established artists

> Music films that represent the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond

Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English
Deadline for applications: 18th November 2011.

More information and application form at

If you have a suggestion, link, or African music video you think we should know about, please email busara

HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ZANZIBAR from February 08th till February 12th next year!