Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Busara Newsletter, March 2016

Read the newsletter: Swahili/Français
Sauti za Busara 2017 
Call for Artists, Sauti za Busara 2017 
Keeping Busara alive and strong
Media Coverage
Thanks to Donors & Sponsors
Contact Busara

Sauti za Busara 2017

Sauti za Busara resumes at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar during 9th – 12th February 2017.
During four days, East Africa’s favourite festival will feature:
  • Live Music: World-class performances with 400 artists (40 groups) on 3 stages, 100% live!
  • Carnival Parade: Bringing more buzz to Zanzibar Town and outlying areas
  • Swahili Encounters: Local and visiting artists meet, exchange and create collaborations
  • Movers & Shakers: Local and global industry professionals meet, network and exchange
  • Busara Xtra: Fringe events across the island, as organised by local communities

Call for Artists, Sauti za Busara 2017

Sauti za Busara 2017 plans three stages showcasing the most exciting music line-up ever seen in Zanzibar. The programme features original and live music, including 25 of East Africa’s finest groups and fifteen from the African Continent and diaspora. Artists from the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions are also welcome to apply.
For consideration by the festival selection committee, applications must include two recent recordings (on CD and/or DVD), two quality photos and the artists’ biography (max 500 words), to reach Busara Promotions officebefore 31 July 2016. For more information and link to the application form, click here.

Nneka (Nigeria)
Sauti zaBusara 2012 (Photo by Peter Bennett)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba (Mali)
Sauti za Busara 2008 (photo by Thomas Dorn)

Mim Suleiman (ZNZ UK)
Sauti za Busara 2015 photo by Peter Bennett

FM Academia (Tanzania)
Sauti za Busara 2012 by Robin Batista

Khaira Arby (Mali)
Sauti za Busara 2013 by Peter Stanley

Fredy Massamba (Congo)
Sauti za Busara 2012 by Robin Batista

Keeping Busara alive and strong

Unfortunately Sauti za Busara 2016 had to be cancelled due to shortage of sponsors. The 13th edition was sorely missed, with hotels, restaurants and businesses still reeling from the shock of Zanzibar’s quietest February in many years.
Annually since 2004, Sauti za Busara provided jobs for 400 artists and 150 crew, with 2,000 people also employed indirectly in Tanzania’s wider tourism sector. Conservative estimates indicate the festival brings a boost of more than US$7 million for the island each year during February.
Ticket sales cover only 30% of festival production costs. For Sauti za Busara to stay alive and in Zanzibar, whilst remaining affordable for local people to participate, the event seeks long-term partnerships with international and local donors and sponsors. We proceed with confidence that public and private sector operators will come on board to ensure the festival’s long life and sustainability as “one of Africa's best and most respected music events” (BBC News).
Sauti za Busara offers generous win-win-win packages; large and small. Please contact Busara if you or your organisation is able to offer any amount of cash, flights, hotel rooms, equipment or services.

Safi Theatre (Tanzania)
Sauti za Busara 2013 by Peter Stanley.

Festival Parade
Sauti za Busara 2015 by Peter Bennett.

Djmawi Africa (Algeria)
Sauti za Busara 2015 by Robin Batista

Sauti za Busara 2015 by Link Reuben

Media Coverage

Bila ya Tamasha la Sauti za Busara 2016 hali ilikuwaje Zanzibar? (SWA)

What was the impact for Zanzibar with no Sauti za Busara 2016? (EN)

Produced by: Abdallah Pandu, Star TV Tanzania
FILAMU (20’): Makala hii imewashirikisha waandaji wa tamasha, viongozi wa Serikali, wafanyabiashara na wadau mbalimbali kuzungumzia umuhimu wa tamasha la Sauti za Busara na mchango wake katika kukuza uchumi wa Zanzibar, Tanzania na Afrika Mashariki.

With no Sauti za Busara, will February still be Zanzibar’s busiest month?

by Music In Africa, February 4, 2016
Year after year, Sauti za Busara drew growing crowds to the country and was seen as an integral part of the annual calendar of events for both Zanzibar and Tanzania as a whole .... read more

Zanzibar counts its losses without busara

by Paul Owere, January 29, 2016
It is a few days to February and there is very little activity around the Ngome Kongwe (Old Fort), an area that has been home to the Sauti Za Busara festivals. Apart from the few visitors arriving at the Forodhani Food Market to sample some of the Zanzibari delicacies there is not much going on.... read more

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