Sauti za Busara music festival, is a cultural extravaganza, held annually in Zanzibar during February, organised by Busara Promotions.
The main aim of Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) is to bring people together and celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music. The festival features a rich variety of African music from the region with more than four hundred musicians participating over five days in historic Stone Town supplemented with fringe events around town and across the island including a festival street parade.
A majority of groups participating are from the Swahili speaking region, with some visiting artists from other countries. A rich and vibrant mix of styles is showcased each year, including traditional ngoma, taarab, kidumbak, mchiriku, rumba, “muziki wa dansi”, Swahili hiphop “bongo flava”, r’n’b, mystic and religious music, theatre, comedy and dance.
Immensely popular with Tanzanians as well as visitors to the region, Sauti za Busara has firmly established itself as an unmissable event on the African cultural calendar and “the friendliest festival on Planet Earth.” (Daily News , Tanzania )