Sauti za Busara
When & Where The Sauti za Busara occurs on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania in Africa. It usually takes place around mid-February.
What to expect Its a type of fringe festival events include Pemban bullfight, ngalawa race, fashion show, taarab or kidumbak night, African music disco, art exhibitions, traditional Zanzibar Dhow boat race, Swahili food event or even putting on an extra show of one of the visiting international bands. The festival takes place in Stonetown for the first four days (there's an awesome opening parade there) and then moves to the beach for the finale night.
Previous Zanzibar Music Festival Line-up
Sauti Busara line-up 2010
Thandiswa (South Africa) Malick Pathé Sow (Senegal) Simba & Brown Band (Mozambique) Debo Band (Ethiopia / USA) Banana Zorro & the B Band (Tanzania) Ikwani Safaa Musical Club ft Tamalyn Dallal (Zanzibar / USA) Tausi Women's Taarab (Zanzibar) Mari Boine (Norway) Dawda Jobarteh (The Gambia) Del & Diho (Mayotte) Fresh Jumbe & African Express (Tanzania / Japan) Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar / UK) Massar Egbari (Egypt) Nyota Ndogo (Kenya) Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden) Xova (UK) Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Bamba Nazar & The Pilgrimage (Suriname / NL) Jimmy Omonga (DRC / NL) Joel Sebunjo & Sundiata (Uganda) Makadem (Kenya) Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia) Juliana Kanyomozi (Uganda) Mzungu Kichaa (Denmark / Tanzania) Jhikoman (Tanzania) Best of WaPi (Tanzania) Shirikisho Sanaa (Zanzibar) Sosolya Dance Academy (Uganda) Mapacha Africa (Kenya) Swifatui Abraar Group (Tanzania) DJ Eddy (Zanzibar) DJ Yusuf (UK / Zanzibar) Sowers Group (Tanzania) Maia Von Lekow (Kenya) Keita & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar) Tunaweza Band (Tanzania) KVZ Tupendane (Pemba).
You can get a ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salem, or fly there from Arusha, Dar es Salem and other airports in Tanzania.
Accommodation in Zanzibar There's lots of quality reasonable accommodation available on Zanzibar but expect to pay a little bit more during this festival especially in Stonetown for the beginning of this African festival.
Do you like Zanzibar ? check out the Zanzibar Film Festival or perhaps learn how Festivalpig bribed the police in Zanzibar