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Sauti za Busara Swahili Music and Cultural Festival

‘Sauti za Busara’ means ‘voice of wisdom’ in Kiswahili, and this annual festival of Swahili music attracts the best musicians and performers in the region. Held in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, concerts are performed in a range of traditional musical traditions, from Swahili taarab and ngoma to more contemporary genres that mix African, Arab and Asian traditions. Most concerts are held in the Old Fort adjacent to Forodhani Gardens and the House of Wonders, a scenic location perfect for soaking up a bit of Swahili culture.

Held annually during the second weekend of February, the Sauti za Busara takes places over three days and features talent from all over East Africa with performances in music, theatre and dance. The best of Swahili musical traditions are displayed and enjoyed, with an emphasis on past traditions, present interpretations and future collaborations between artists and their communities.

Workshops for musicians, which take place in the Old Customs House, encourage traditional skills and genre fusion in composition.

For more information, contact Busara Promotions, Box 3635, Zanzibar, Tanzania, or e-mail busara@zanlink.com / busarapromotions@lycos.com and visit the Dhow Countries Musical Academy at www.zanzibarmusic.org.

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