The Sauti za Busara, music extravaganza is back for its 14th edition this year.
The East African music festival which seeks to unite African musician from all over the continent will kick off from 9 – 12 February 2017 at the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens at the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Forty music groups which were selected from 600 applicants will entertain festival goers during the four-day event. The Sauti za Busara is exclusively dedicated to African music and will feature artists such as Mohammad Issa Matona (Zanzibar), Mehdi Nassouli (Morocco), Victor Lolinga (mainland Tanzania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band and Rocky Dawuni (Ghana), Sahra Halgan (Somalia), Roland Tchakounte (Cameroon), Batimbo Percussion Magique (Burundi), Grace Barbe (Seychelles) and Isau Meneses (Mozambique).
“Music brings people together. Music communicates to all of us, rich or poor, regardless of language, religion, gender or politics. Music teaches us to respect our differences and value diversity. A critical factor for its success is the shared experience between visitors and locals. Keeping the event accessible for local people is our priority, so admission prices are greatly subsidised for Tanzanians,” said festival Director, Yusuf Mahmoud.
Other artists who will be showcasing their talents are Sami Dan (Ethiopia), Yamoto Band, Jagwa Music, Chibite Zawose Family (Tanzania), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Matona’s G Clef Band and Tausi Women’s Group (Zanzibar), Sarabi and H_art the Band (Kenya).
The festival will shine the spotlight on local Swahili musicians and authentic Tanzanian pop and hip-hop.