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Sauti za Busara 2013
Its February, its humid and the sun is shining. The Indian Ocean waves gently lap the dazzling white sands. You remove your sandals to feel the sand between your toes. The breeze is gentle, bringing hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. You look forwards to fresh seafood for dinner. What will it be today, lobster or prawns, pilipili perch or grilled marlin? Then a short stroll through Stone Town leads you to the Old Fort, home of the worlds most amazing African music festival

Sauti za Busara brings people together in celebration of the richness and variety of African music. Sauti za Busara enjoys a global reputation for its world-class programming, technical standards, unique location, warm and friendly spirit. For the 10th edition in February 2013 we showcase Best of the Best, including audience favourites of past years.

Centred within the ancient walls of Zanzibars Old Fort, the main stage hosts hundreds of musicians and performers from all over Africa. An open air cinema in the adjacent amphitheatre screens music films from the African Continent and diaspora. Meanwhile throughout town, Zanzibar plays host to a variety of fringe events, aka Busara Xtra.

The Line Up

More artists are being confirmed. For latest updates see

Swahili Music and Culture in Zanzibar
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Busara Promotions is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit cultural organisation registered in Zanzibar "to promote and develop opportunities for local and international music and performing artists within the East African region, work to strengthen the local arts infrastructure and build networks internationally, for the social, cultural and economic growth of Africa and the dhow region".

Mission & Vision

Busara Promotions is a non-profit cultural NGO established in Zanzibar in 2003.

The mission of Busara Promotions is "to promote and develop opportunities for local and international music and performing artists within the East African region, work to strengthen the local arts infrastructure and build networks internationally, for the social, cultural and economic growth of Africa and the dhow region".

Our vision is that Zanzibar "will become internationally recognised and valued as a cultural epicentre for Africa and the Indian Ocean region, in the context of a broader cross-regional network which links festivals, venues and promoters, performing artists, music institutions and related organisations around Africa, the Indian Ocean and beyond".

Busara Promotions' main event is the Sauti za Busara Swahili Music Festival, held annually in Stone Town, Zanzibar during February.

Another of Busara's principal activities is the Swahili Encounters project. The mission of Swahili Encounters is "to encourage audiences to celebrate pluralism of cultural and religious diversity; to promote and develop opportunities for musicians and performing artists along the Swahili coast and islands to connect, learn and perform together; and to develop regional artistic cooperation, for the social, cultural and economic growth of East Africa and the Swahili region".

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