Kwani? Out & About
2012 Sauti za Busara Festival, Zanzibar

Kwani? Out & About

2012 Sauti za Busara Festival, Zanzibar

8th – 12th February 2012

Festival  Details
African Music - under African Skies. Sauti za Busara is an annual music festival  in Zanzibar. Kwani Trust will be attending the festival, making a selection of our publications available at the festival for the first time. The 9th edition of Sauti za Busara takes features :

400 musicians: that’s forty groups, with twenty from Tanzania and twenty from other parts of Africa; urban and rural, acoustic and electric, established and upcoming.

Carnival Street Parade: setting alight the streets on Day 2, the biggest parade to hit Stone Town, including beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers, acrobats… and surprises. See parade.

Four nights in the historic Old Fort: In Stone Town, the main programme continues Thursday through Sunday with non-stop 100% live performances (no playback!) daily from 5pm until 1am.

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

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

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

Festival marketplace: local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts.

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.

For further details and a full 2012 programme, please visit :

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