2018 'Sauti za Busara' Music Festival Unveils Performing Artists

As Tanzania’s 2018 annual music festival “Sauti za Busara”, continues to count days to commence, organizers have released the list of artists billed to perform at the event. The event which is the 15th edition will take place at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar, between 8 and 11 February, 2018.

Music in Africa  reports that the list contains various artists across the continent of Africa and diaspora. The main artists are Kasai Allstars from Democratic Republic of Congo, Zakes Bantwini from South Africa and Ribab Fusion of Morocco as well as Mlimani Park Orchestra of Tanzania.

The festival will kick off with a special flash mob to be led by Haba na Haba contemporary dance troupe from Dares Salaam. The event will thereafter be followed be followed by the highly anticipated Carnival Parade, stopping the traffic along its 2km route to Stone Town.

However, on three stages of day four, the festival will feature about 46 performances, comprising 20 groups from Tanzania and others from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Egypt, Sudan, the Gambia, Reunion, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.

The festival with a “United in Music”, is also expected to host the Movers and Shakers forum where artists, managers, the media and various other arts stakeholders will network and exchange ideas from between 9th and 11th February, 2018.

Sauti za Busara is an annual music festival that takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The festival is organised by Busara Promotions, a non-profit entity registered in Zanzibar.

The festival attracts people from all over the world to celebrate wealth and diversity in African music. The event also develops skills and promotes the livelihoods of the people of Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Sauti za Busara usually takes place over four days during the second week of February, featuring both new and established artists, the festival showcases a diverse and dynamic programme of live music from Africa and the diaspora, highlighting music with cultural identity.