The 11th Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) Music Festival takes place in Zanzibar, Tanzania from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th February 2014. There is a continuous daily programme of music starting in the late afternoon, as the sunshine softens and shadows start to stretch out, and continuing virtually non-stop into the evening, with the final band taking to the stage around midnight.
Latest additions are Majestad Negra, HAJAmadagascar and The Groovy People ft. Werner Puntigam, Kara Sylla Ka, Moyize, and Ricky na Marafiki.
The first acts confirmed were Ebo Taylor, Jupiter & Okwess International, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Wunmi, Jhikoman, The Nile Project, OY, Noumoucounda Cissoko, Tausi Women's Taarab, Sona Jobarteh, Swahili Vibes, Addis Acoustic Project, Tarabband, Baladna Taarab, Hajamadagascar and The Groovy People, Hoko Roro, Tritonik, 7PO , Joel Sebunjo ft. Lenna Kuurmaa, Seven Survivor, Abantu Mandingo, and Segere Original.
400 musicians including both upcoming and established groups, acoustic and electric, from East Africa and beyond. 20+ groups, all performing 100% live. In the Old Fort shows continue on the main stage Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am. Most concerts are in historic Stone Town supplemented with fringe events around town and across the island including a festival street parade.
Admission is FREE to local people until 6pm, then around 1 (one euro). Prices vary for citizens, residents, and visitors. Prices for international visitors are from $105 dollars for an early bird all four days standard ticket.
The festival does not have a campsite, and there is a good range of accommodation options in and around Stone Town.
Zanzibar has international scheduled flights, or there are international flights to Dar es Salaam. Zanzibar has international scheduled flights served by Ethiopian Airlines, and Kenya Airways. Also regional flights served by Fly540, Precision Air, Air Uganda, and 1time (South Africa). Alternatively, Dar es Salaam is served by British Airways, KLM, Swiss Air, South African Airways and Emirates. There are then internal flights or ferries from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is served by a number of ferry companies to/from Dar es Salaam. There are several fast (2hr) hydrofoil crossings daily plus several slower (4hr) vessels. Non Residents should expect to pay up to US$55 incl port tax one-way.
The requirements and rules regarding visas vary according to your nationality and country of residence. Please check well in advance.
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