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  • 3 Alikiba (Tanzania) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett
  • 5 Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Songs for peace awards winners
    (photo: Masoud Khamis)
  • 5 Songs for peace winners
    (photo: Masoud Khamis)
  • 5 Thais Diara (Senegal) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Sarabi (Kenya) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)
  • 5 Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana / USA) at Sauti za Busara 2015
    (photo: Peter Bennett)

Zanzibar music festival is cancelled. No Sauti za Busara in 2016.
Due to shortage of funding, Busara Promotions has reluctantly announced their decision to cancel the 2016 edition of Sauti za Busara. This will be the first time in thirteen years Zanzibar does not enjoy an international music festival in February... read more

Latest Media Coverage

  • Where to for the cancelled Sauti za Busara festival?

    by Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi, Mail & Guardian, 1st Sept 2015
    The festival's director has vowed that this lively celebration of East African music will be back bigger and stronger in 2017... read more

  • Sauti za Busara Festival Canceled for 2016

    by Tom Pryor, Afropop Worldwide, August 27, 2015
    Zanzibarís long-running Sauti za Busara Festival recently announced the cancellation of its 2016 edition, scheduled for February of next year. The annual festival, one of the largest in East Africa, ran for the last 12 years in Zanzibarís Stone Town and provided a valuable showcase for local Swahili talent, from taraab legends Bi Kidude and Culture Musical Club, to homegrown Tanzanian pop and hip-hop... read more

  • Zanzibar Music Festival may collapse

    by Sunday News Reporter in Zanzibar, 16 August 2015
    THE 13th edition of the Zanzibar Music (Sauti za Busara) festival may not go ahead as planned in 2016 due to lack of funds, the show’s organiser has warned.... read more

  • Kenya: Discard the Pride, Kenya Can Learn a Lot from Zanzibar

    by John Kariuki, The Star, 2 April 2015
    This year's 16th Cape Town International Jazz festival was hosted last weekend. Although the festival still bears the 'jazz' tag, there is a big representation of jazz-related events; those that are not necessarily jazz but have hints of it ..... read more

  • Messages is key for 'Blitz the Ambassador'

    by IMAN MANI, Daily News, 24 March 2015
    HIP-HOP and visual artist, Samuel Bazawule a.k.a. Blitz the Ambassador, finally returned to his New York, USA base LAST Friday. He had left music lovers entranced with his performance to close last month's Sauti za Busara music festival in..... read more

  • The Songlines Annual Festival Guide 2015

    by Songlines Magazine, 24 March 2015
    Songlines' definitive guide to the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and 25 Best International Festivals: Whether you want to discover Rajasthan's best-kept musical secrets inside a majestic fort, or soak up soothing beats in a beautiful English garden ..... read more

Sauti za Busara 2015: Together as One

In Stone Town, Zanzibar, February 2015, itís 'full mzuka' and raining non-stop African music with Sauti za Busara, "one of Africa's best loved music festivals" (Rita Ray, BBC). Taste the vibes with Alikiba, Msafiri Zawose, Mim Suleiman, Leo Mkanyia & the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania), Liza Kamikazi (Rwanda), festival MC Irene Celine and more. 2'11"; ScreenStation (UK) & Busara Promotions (Tanzania).,

  • Kenya: Sauti Za Busara Festival Rocks Music Lovers

    By Stanley Gazemba, ALL Africa, 11 March 2015
    The avenue meanders and dips and up ahead the modern buildings lining the avenue give way to the ancient stone buildings of Zanzibar's Stone Town. Strung up on the streetlights a banner welcomes us to the Sauti za Busara Festival..... read more

  • Transporting listeners across the world through music

    by Iman Mani, Daily News, 3rd March 2015
    ALIKIBA (Ally Saleh Kiba) was not the only artist from the Mainland to perform in front of a full house at the just-ended Sauti za Busara (SZB) (Sounds of Wisdom) music festival, four-day event. Yes, he was the act to close the opening .... read more


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