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Sauti za Busara – Call for artists 2015

Apr 24, 2014


  • Is your music 100% live?

  • Is your music connected to Africa, the Arab World or Indian Ocean?

  • Are you interested to perform next February in Zanzibar?

  • If you can answer yes, yes, yes – then please read on…

Sauti za Busara is an international music festival, held each February in Zanzibar, showcasing music from the Swahili region, African Continent and beyond.

In past years around 400 groups have performed, including Jupiter & Okwess International, Cheikh Lo, Khaira Arby, Mokoomba, Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, Nneka, Natacha Atlas, Didier Awadi, Bassekou Kouyate, Jagwa Music, Fredy Massamba, Thandiswa, Culture Musical Club, Orchestre Poly Rythmo and more. The festival features live music only, i.e. no playback<

DEADLINE for applications31 July 2014

For artists performing in the Festival, we usually pay a modest performance fee and cover expenses in Zanzibar, including local travel, visa, accommodation, food and incidentals. Artists from outside the region may have to find their own travel sponsors.

The festival selection committee meets early August to decide the artists programme for SzB2015. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions before September.

How to apply to perform at Sauti za Busara 2015

Your application can only be considered if we have received a completed application from you before 31 July. Your application must include the following:

  • a completed form including short biography (max 1000 words)
  • one or two recent recordings (CD or DVD)
  • one or two photographs (JPGs can be sent to

Please send recordings, photographs and any other materials to our office address given below. All materials sent to Busara address must be labelled FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. Click here for online application form