Zanzibar Music Festival February 2011

9-13 February 2011. This famous music festival in Zanzibar Tanzania, better known as Sauti Za Busara Zanzibar Festival, presents a full programme of events and concerts featuring different music genres from across the region. More than 400 musicians are expected to perform and there will also be a festival street event as well as numerous side events around town and across the island.

Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Announcing Artists 2011
Provisional Line Up
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin) Blick Bassy (Cameroon) Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius) Kwani Experience (South Africa) Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania) Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar) Bi Kidude (Zanzibar) Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar) Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar) Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various) Yaaba Funk (UK) Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden) Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters Group (Various) Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea) Groove Lélé (Reunion) NEWS Quartet (Various) Vusa Mkhaya & Band (Various) Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia) Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia) Djaaka (Mozambique) Jahazi Modern Taarab (Tanzania) Christine Salem (Reunion) Percussion Discussion Afrika (Uganda) Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya) Lelelele Africa (Kenya) Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya) Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya) Black Roots (Zanzibar) Cross Border (Zanzibar) Sauda (Tanzania) Staff Band Namasabo (Tanzania) Tunaweza Band (Tanzania) Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania) and more.
Kwani Experience (South Africa)
Kwani Experience (South Africa)
Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)
Nomakanjani Art (Zambia)
main stage before the show
Sauti za Busara music festival, centred in Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, features a dynamic variety of African music with more than four hundred musicians participating over five days. Every year during February the ancient walls of the Old Fort resonate as people come together in celebration. The festival is supplemented with fringe events in town and across the island including a carnival street parade.

African Music – under African Skies.

From Wednesday through til Sunday, around eight groups perform each day. Big names rub shoulders with upcoming artists. There are thirty of the best groups of Zanzibar, Tanzania and East Africa, with another ten groups in 2011 representing Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, La Réunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Ghana, Mali and Senegal.

All music on the main stage is performed live. Shows start at 5pm, continuing virtually non-stop, with the final band taking to the stage around midnight. For local people, admission is free until 6:00pm, then around €1 (one euro), see Tickets and Prices. 5,000 attend each day, roughly being 80% people from the region and others from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond.

Sauti za Busara is the annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’.

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The 8th edition of Sauti za Busara takes place 9 – 13 February 2011, featuring:

  • 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 the Opening Day, including beni brass band, ngoma drummers, mwanandege umbrella women, stilt-walkers, capoeira dancers, acrobats… and surprises. See parade
  • Swahili Encounters: Four days of artistic collaborations, for invited local and visiting musicians who get to reinterpret Swahili songs and present these on main stage. See Swahili Encounters.
  • 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.
  • African Music Films: documentaries, music clips, videos and live concert footage.
  • Festival marketplace: local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts. See stall-holders applicaton.
  • 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. See Busara Xtra

audience SzB2010

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