Zanzibar, Tanzania – Sauti Za Busara Festival is a new Swahili Music &
Cultural Festival showcasing best of Swahili musical traditions – from past,
present and future. Itwill be held Friday through Sunday 13 – 15th in February
of 2004 at Malindi Grounds, Zanzibar Town Zanzibar, Tanzania.
The festival is a 3-day weekend cultural extravaganza of music, theatre and
dance. The theme of this new dynamic festival on the African cultural calendar
is Swahili Encounters, focusing on showcasing a diversity of performing
arts which are all rooted in Swahili language and traditions. Modern and
traditional styles, both religious and secular will be represented, alongside
exciting new fusions and included will be some of the finest groups from
Tanzania and Kenya. The 2004 inaugural Festival takes place on the magical and friendly islands
of Zanzibar, Tanzania and is Free admission for all. The festival venue is
Malindi Grounds, a large green open space in the area close to the main market
of Zanzibar Town. Accommodation at all levels is available within easy walking
distance of the main festival venue.
Sauti Za Busara Festivals are planned for the future in a range of East
African islands and coastal venues and will expand to include a broad programme
of local and international artists.
During the week before the 2004 festival Busara Promotions collaborates with the
Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA Zanzibar:
www.zanzibarmusic.org) to present a
series of related music-based workshops and masterclasses. For the week
following the event Busara also plans to coordinate a variety of recording
sessions featuring many festival artists at Zanzibar’s Heartbeat Studios.
The programme deadline is 13 December 2003. Music groups and artists interested
in participating please send press kits to: Busara Promotions, PO Box 3635,
Zanzibar, Tanzania. Tel: +255 747 428478
Advertising, merchandising and sponsorship packages are available. For more
information contact Festival Director at