Sauti za Busara 2013
It’s February, it’s humid and the sun is shining. The Indian Ocean waves gently lap the dazzling white sands. You remove your sandals to feel the sand between your toes. The breeze is gentle, bringing hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. You look forwards to fresh seafood for dinner. What will it be today, lobster or prawns, pilipili perch or grilled marlin? Then a short stroll through Stone Town leads you to the Old Fort, home of the world’s most amazing African music festival…
Sauti za Busara brings people together in celebration of the richness and variety of African music. Sauti za Busara enjoys a global reputation for its world-class programming, technical standards, unique location, warm and friendly spirit. For the 10th edition in February 2013 we showcase Best of the Best, including audience favourites of past years.
Centred within the ancient walls of Zanzibar’s Old Fort, the main stage hosts hundreds of musicians and performers from all over Africa. An open air cinema in the adjacent amphitheatre screens music films from the African Continent and diaspora. Meanwhile throughout town, Zanzibar plays host to a variety of fringe events, aka Busara Xtra.
Call for Donors & Festival Sponsors
Daily tickets for the festival cost less than US$2 for Tanzanian citizens. To help keep the event affordable for local people we rely on ticket sales from international visitors, as well as partnerships with donors and sponsors.
Partners are acknowledged in newsletters and on various pages on the website, as well as in festival programmes, venue banners, slide projections, video screenings, stage announcements, email signatures, press releases and more. Supporters get complimentary passes, invitations to the VIP Lounge, Movers & Shakers and other special events.
Last Call for Music Films
The festival screens music films, clips and videos as a complementary programme to the main stage performances. The Old Fort’s seated Amphitheatre transforms into a cinema space where festival audiences gather to watch big screen projections of contemporary music stories from all around Africa.
Feature length films, music clips, concert footage, music documentaries and experimental films are programmed. We’re looking primarily for:
Films telling a story about music or musicians from the African Continent and diaspora
Films representing the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond
Music films of interest to local, regional and international audiences
Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa
Films including new and unheard of sounds, as well as established artists
Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English
Your application can only be considered by the Selection Committee if we have received a completed application including two DVD copies of the film before 16 November 2012.
Friends of Busara
Please help us keep Sauti za Busara alive and growing. Support THE East African music festival and target your message to music enthusiasts, culture vultures, eco-travellers and arts professionals from all over the world. For only US$600, we offer links to your business from festival website pages and e-newsletters. Advertising space is also available in festival souvenir programme.
The festival attracts a wide range of music professionals. The Movers and Shakers forum takes place each afternoon and provides the perfect opportunity for artists, managers, media and related professionals to share information, exchange ideas and network for strengthening regional markets.
Around festival time, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, beach parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras are arranged by the local community.
Festival organisers are pleased to acknowledge the faith, vision and support of donors and sponsors, without whom Sauti za Busara would not be possible. We've received some promises and still need more …
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