update (30 Nov 2012): The organisers of the Sauti Za Busara festival have uploaded a playlist of their favorite artists performing at the festival in 2013. Enjoy!
update (18 Oct 2012): The organisers of Zanzibar's famous festival Sauti Za Busara have published the line-up for the 10th annual festival of culture, music and arts. It includes: Cheikh Lô (Senegal), Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar / Tanzania), Atongo Zimba (Ghana / UK), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros / France), Wazimbo (Mozambique), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya / UK) Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso / USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Wakwetu Jazz Vibes (Tanzania), Safi Theatre Group (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and more
The organisers of Zanzibar's famous festival Sauti Za Busara just announced that next year's editon of the festival will take place from 14 - 17 February 2013. The festival's venue will again be the Old Fort in the insland's capital Stone Town.
Highlights of the 10th edition of the Sauti Za Busara will include performances from about 200 musicians from East Africa, Africa and the World, as well as screenings of African music films and a festival market place where food and drinks, but also music CDs, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts will be on offer.
Around festival time, Zanzibar will be buzzing with a range of fringe events, such as traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest Taarab orchestras are arranged by the local community.
Some good reasons to visit Zanzibar in February 2013. Also keep in mind that the festival will be beginning on Valentines Day (14 Feb 2013)... Enjoy!