12 - 15 Feb 2015 Stone Town, Zanzibar


Jamani! We sign off on another amazing year of Sauti za Busara and say farewell to the 11th edition. This year, we were blessed by the rains and still presented all 32 acts from vibrant musicians from all over the world.

We want to give a big thank you to all our artists, crew, donors, sponsors, board members, supporters, and fans of this festival. We couldn't have done it without you and look forward to seeing you next year.

African Music Films

African Films

African Music Films: documentaries, music clips, videos and live concert footage.


Seminars and Training Workshops

Seminar and Training workshop

Seminars and Training Workshops
Building skills for artists, managers, music journalists, filmmakers, sound and lighting technicians from the East Africa region.

Movers & Shakers

Movers and shakers

Movers & Shakers: Daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals.


Festival marketplace


Festival marketplace: food and drinks, festival merchandise, cd’s, and jewellery and handicrafts from local vendors.

Busara Xtra

Busara Xtra

Busara Xtra: Around the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest Taarab orchestras are all arranged by the local community.




Watch our photo galleries from past years to get a sense of what makes Sauti za Busara great.

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Latest online news reports

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7 African music festivals you really have to see
By Lorraine Bgoya and Mazuba Kapambwe, CNN Inside Africa
February 21, 2014
(CNN) -- One of the most exciting things about the African continent is its dynamic arts and culture scene. The celebration of this is even more amazing. The Fest Gurus have set out ... read more

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It was Sauti za Busara without Bi Kidude
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It was a weekend of love with Valentine's Day coming in handy, but just across the ocean in the Spice Islands the Sauti Za Busara festival had kicked off with a series of performances ... read more

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Retaining local sounds only way to success for some
By Imani Mani
March 06, 2014
JUST to make sure that there is a selection of local musical flavour around Hassan Mahenge, a teacher at the Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) in Zanzibar, got together with ... read more

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De Berlin a Zanzibar pasando por el Nilo
Que la música (igual que la palabra) va por delante perfilando un mundo sin fronteras ha quedado claro en el festival Sauti za Busara (“sonidos del conocimiento” en suajili) de Zanzíbar. Globalización (en los componentes de los grupos), mezcla (en los sonidos transfronterizos) y diáspora (como impulso) han sido la esencia de esta cita musical, una de las más importantes de África more

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Sauti Za Busara festival // Zanzibar // DJ & Workshop Announcement
February 26, 2014
Stone Town, Zanzibar - The Santuri Project, a three-year plan to revitalize the music industry in East Africa, funded and coordinated by HIVOS, announces a special line-up of DJ-centered workshops, performances, and networking opportunities to be held in conjunction with ... read more