13th February - 16th February 2019
  • Introduction

    Sauti za Busara (in swahili: "sounds of wisdom") is an African music festival that is held every year in February in Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is centred in the Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), with fringe events taking place concurrently around Stone Town - including a carnival street parade. Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in East Africa, with several hundreds of artists participating each year. It showcases a diverse and dynamic programme of exclusively African music - 100% live - and has over the years provided a valuable stage for local Swahili talent, from taarab legends like the late Bi Kidude and Culture Musical Club, to homegrown Tanzanian pop and hip-hop.

  • Sauti za busara 2020

    Sauti za Busara brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies. The 17th edition will take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 13th - 16th February 2020. Highlights include:

    • 400+ musicians: 44 shows over 4 days and nights
    • Carnival Parade: Zanzibar Town and outlying districts buzz with festival fever!
    • Swahili Encounters: Local and visiting musicians exchange and collaborate
    • Movers & Shakers: Networking for music industry professionals
    • Busara Xtra: Fringe events, as organised by the local community


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