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Sauti za Busara the Day the Music Died and Rose Again

Sauti za Busara music festival

Music is a very important part of African culture. Since 2003, the world famous Sauti za Busara is one of Africa's best-loved music festivals taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania however; the music did not play in 2016.

Music is a very important part of African culture. Since 2003, the world famous Sauti za Busara is one of Africa's best-loved music festivals taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Sauti za Busara is 100% live, 100% kuishi.

Sauti za Busara did take place every year in February in Stone Town, Zanzibar and surrounding venues highlighting artists from Zanzibar and Tanzania, across the African Continent and the African diaspora. The 2016 Sauti za Busara music festival is cancelled due to lack of funding.

Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in Eastern Africa. In 2014, CNN listed Sauti za Busara as one of the seven must-see African music festivals. 

All being well, the 2017 edition of Sauti za Busara will continue to spread the unique vibrant rhythms of African music across the world.  

Sauti za Busara is a unique platform for local unknown African artists to play alongside internationally famous African artists promoting African music as a musical connection to the mind, body and soul.

Sauti za Busara Sounds of Africa Zanzibar Music Festival 


Sauti za Busara is 100% live, 100% kuishi

Sauti za Busara will rock Stone Town, Zanzibar in 2018 On March 31, 2017 a call for Live music performers interested in participating in the 15th Sauti za Busara edition in Stone Town, Zanzibar was sent out. The festival, one of East Africa’s biggest, is slated take place for four days between February 8 and 11, 2018.

Three popular groups who performed at the Sauti za Busara, in Zanzibar festival 2017

A joyful noise from Malawi

Madalitso Band performed this song during the Sauti Za Busara festival in Zanzibar. The title of the song translates as The Smell of Beans. It is about a man who is taken advantage of by his boss. The duo is popular in Malawi, and won many fans at the festival. It was their first trip abroad and the first time they had seen the sea.

Rajab Suleiman

The kanun is a key instrument in Zanzibar's taarab music, which has its roots in the Middle East. Rajab Suleiman studied under Egyptian kanun masters.

The Sahra Halgan Trio

Sahra Halgan is passionate about her homeland, and has recently returned to Hargeisa, having spent many years in France. She has set up a cultural center to try to revive arts and crafts lost during the civil war. The center also hosts live music events. The music she makes with her trio combines the songs of Somaliland with Malian and rock influences.

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