United in Music at Sauti za Busara 2018

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East Africa’s favourite music festival, Sauti za Busara is gearing up to for its 15th annual event celebrating music from across Africa in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 8 – 11 February 2018.

Zakes Bantwini
Zakes Bantwini will be representing South Africa at Sauti za Busara 2018: United in Music.

With an array of artistes and groups that represent Africa’s diversity this has so many times proved to be the stage where African stars show the world their true creative powers in an iconic setting that dates several centuries back.

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The globally acclaimed extravaganza takes place at the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens, hosting 46 exhilarating music performances bringing over 460 artistes on three different stages on four nights in February.

Tanzanians and international visitors from all over the world look forward to an exciting and diverse line-up of highly talented musicians whose talents has been the talking point across Africa and beyond.

As some have already labelled it, this could be the best line-up that Sauti za Busara has assembled in recent years mixing both the young and old, all sharing one objective as they stand ‘United in Music’.

Sauti za Busara 2018: United in Music
Sauti za Busara 2018: United in Music

The groups that represent Africa’s diversity are from Algeria, Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, ,  Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa,  Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Taking off from where the 14th edition left off the list also features iconic sounds from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar with 15 groups out to show the world the rich attributes of Tanzanian music.

The local revellers are set to witness the rebirth of Tanzania songstress Saida Karoli who returned to music last year with a bang after several years off the stage.

The groups include Kasai Allstars (DRC), Zakes Bantwini (South Africa),  Somi (Uganda / USA), Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania), Ribab Fusion (Morocco), Kidum & the Boda Boda Band (Burundi / Kenya), Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania),

Also on the rich list are Grace Matata (Tanzania), Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar), Makadem (Kenya), Diana Samkange ‘MaNgwenya’ (Zimbabwe), Fatma Zidan (Egypt / Denmark), Inganzo Ngari (Rwanda).

Others are Segere Original (Tanzania), Simangavole (Reunion), Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Kiltir (Reunion), El Dey (Algeria), Simbin Project (Senegal / Switzerland), CAC Fusion (Tanzania), Mbanaye (Malawi), Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi)and  Isack Abeneko (Tanzania).

Keeping in the true tradition of the Sauti Za Busara all the groups will perform live with the first performance taking place at Kisonge before the Carnival Parade sets off the proceedings for four days of great entertainment at the Mambo Club, Amphitheatre and at the Forodhani Gardens.

As Yusuf Mahmoud, Festival Director recently said, “Music is a universal language, through which the world sees Africa is positive; Africa is vibrant, Africa is rich in its many cultures and expressions. We need to build bridges of peace and unity across the world; what better way to do this than through the universal language of music?”

Sauti za Busara offers half-price tickets for all visitors with African nationalities. Further discounts are available only for East African residents or Tanzanian citizens.

Sauti za Busara festival 2018 is powered by Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Switzerland to Tanzania and Zambia, Africalia, Mozeti, Zanlink, Zenj FM, Chuchu FM, Tifu TV, Ikala Zanzibar Stone Town Lodge, Emerson Zanzibar, Coastal Aviation, 2Tech Security, Embassy of Germany

More info: www.busaramusic.org

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