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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sauti Za Busara lineup named for 2014 edition of Africa’s biggest music festival

Music, art, and culture enthusiasts are well advised to make early arrangements to attend Zanzibar’s Sauti Za Busara Festival between February 13 and 16 next year after the organizers, Busara Promotions (www.busaramusic.org) have released their lineup of both renowned and new artists and groups – a mouth- or rather ear-watering prospect by any standards. Sauti Za Busara has over the years established itself as arguably Africa’s best-known festival of this kind, and the experience of the past years shows that latecomers find it hard to get confirmed bookings by air or in hotels and resorts across the island. The suggestion to book early this year has in fact been reinforced when the festival organizers provided for the first time an option to purchase early-bird tickets sales through their website, for both single-day tickets as well as for the entire festival. Tickets are available for general access as well as for the restricted “seated” area of the festival, and in particular East African residents can get a 50 percent rebate for the festival pass upon proof of residency in countries of the East African Community. Early birds will earn a 20 percent ticket cost rebate if signed up by November 30, while the period between December 1 to January 31 will still qualify for a 10 percent discount.
This, however, is topped this year by a special Sauti Za Busara Preview Night on November 29 in Dar es Salaam at the Triniti Bar and entrance, payable at the door, and will be 15,000 Tanzania Shillings or just under US$10. Contact marketing@busara.or.tz for more details on location and artist lineup. So much can be told already now that crowd favorite, Msafiri Zawose, will launch their latest album that night besides featuring Hoko Roro and Seven Survivor on the night.
While over 300 participants have been selected to perform next year, here is a lineup of the key acts, with links to the festival website and their bio’s to allow wannabe visitors to get a preview of what they can expect to hear and see when the festival goes underway and more such previews should become available over the next few weeks as momentum builds and anticipation rises for “African Music under African Skies.”
Ebo Taylor, Ghana / Germany
Jupiter & Okwess International, DRC
Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Guinea / USA
Wunmi, Nigeria / UK / US
Jhikoman, Tanzania
The Nile Project, Various
OY, Ghana / Switzerland
Tausi Women's Taarab, Zanzibar
Sona Jobarteh, Gambia / UK
Swahili Vibes, Zanzibar
Addis Acoustic Project, Ethiopia
Tarabband, Egypt / Sweden / Iraq
Baladna Taarab, Zanzibar
Hajamadagascar and The Groovy People, Madagascar / France / Austria
Hoko Roro, TanzaniaTritonik, Mauritius
7PO, Reunion / France
Joel Sebunjo ft. Lenna Kuurmaa, Uganda
Seven Survivor, Tanzania
Abantu Mandingo, Tanzania
Segere Original, Tanzania
The call for submission of music films still runs until the end of November, giving artists and groups some extra time to still “get on board,” and online guidance can be obtained via www.busaramusic.org/callforfilm .
The festival organizers have also asked to acknowledge the generous support of their main donors and sponsors, The Norwegian Embassy, Hivos, The Goethe Institute, The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Memories of Zanzibar, Zanzibar Unique Ltd, Bluebay Zanzibar Hotels, Azam Marine among many others. Sauti Za Busara, a must-not-miss affair for aficionados of African music, poetry, and performing arts.

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