SAUTI ZA BUSARA
The festival truly encompasses Panafricanism by exploring traditional and contemporary music from all parts of the continent. For 15 years, Busara has invited artists from 36 African countries to celebrate with 20 000 people in historic Stone Town. From rumba, taarab and spirituals to jazz, reggae, fusion, roots, pop and urban, there’s something for everyone at this Zanzibari celebration.
Date: February 2019 (dates to
Tickets: In 2018, tickets ranged from US$25 for a day pass to US$60 for an all-festival pass for citizens of
Artists: This year, there were 400 artists on three stages, including Ribab Fusion (Morocco), Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania), Kasai Allstars (DRC), Maia & the Big Sky (Kenya), Ernest Ikwanga (Malawi) and Zakes Bantwini.
Stalls: Arts, crafts, clothing and more.
Accommodation: There’s a range of options for different budgets, including guesthouses, B&BS and fivestar hotels. Book early!
How to get there: Several airlines fly from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam, from which it’s a 20-minute flight to Zanzibar. You can also catch a ferry to the island if your budget’s a little smaller.
What to pack: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and loose clothing that won’t offend the island’s Muslim population.
Find out more: www.busaramusic.org
FOR 15 YEARS, BUSARA HAS INVITED ARTISTS FROM 36 AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO CELEBRATE WITH 20 000 PEOPLE IN HISTORIC STONE TOWN.
Maia from Maia & the Big Sky