The organisers of the Sauti Za Busara festival on Zanzibar have announced that Eastern Africa's single most important performing arts, music and film festival will be cancelled in 2016. Busara Productions named a shortage of funding the main reason for canceling the event for the first time in thirteen years.
For the past twelve years, Sauti Za Busara attracted thousands of visitors from all corners of the world to Zanzibar, at a time which used to be low season. BBC World Service hailed Sauti Za Busara as one of "Africa's best and most respected music events". It is also included in CNN's "7 African music festivals you really have to see" and tops Afro-Tourism's list of "Best Music Festivals".