Sauti za Busara 2012 : Call for Artists

Genre : Calls for papers
Principal country concerned : Column : Music
Release/publication date : 2011
Published on : 16/03/2011

Sauti za Busara is an international music festival, held each February in Zanzibar, showcasing music from the Swahili region, African Continent and diaspora.
In past years, more than 320 groups have performed, including Jose Chameleone, Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, Saida Karoli, Natacha Atlas, Didier Awadi, Bassekou Kouyate, Jagwa Music, Ba Cissoko, Nyota Ndogo, Thandiswa, Culture Musical Club, Orchestre Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou and more. The festival features live music only, i.e. no playback

DEADLINE for applications : 31 July 2011

For artists performing in the Festival, we usually pay a modest performance fee and cover local expenses in Zanzibar, including travel, accommodation, food and incidentals. Artists from outside the region will usually have to find their own travel sponsors.
The festival selection committee meets at the beginning of August to decide the artists for SzB2012. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee decision by email during September.

How to apply to perform at Sauti za Busara 2012

Your application can only be considered if we have received a completed application from you by the DEADLINE. Your application must include the following :
- a completed form including a short biography (max 1000 words)
- one or two recent recordings (CD or DVD)
- one or two photographs (JPG or paper)

Please complete the following form. You can do this online, or print it out and post it :

Please send recordings, photographs and any other material to our office address : Busara Promotions, PO Box 3635, Zanzibar, Tanzania


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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