Zanzibar and East Africa are gearing towards hosting the 2019 edition of Sauti za Busara with a resolve to take uniquely African live music to another level for local and international audiences.
The globally acclaimed extravaganza kicks off on February 7 at the Old Fort with 46 breathtaking performances from over 400 artistes on three different stages over four days and nights.
Most groups will be performing on this iconic stage for their very first time.
According to festival director Yusuf Mahmoud there is plenty to look forward to at this year’s edition:
“Over the years audiences have come to expect something unique and fresh every time. We believe this year’s line-up is again one of the best ever, being truly original African music with identity,” he said.
Meanwhile ffestival manager Journey Ramadhan says there will be a breath of freshness with new and exciting sounds from Tanzania including Wamwiduka Band and SKide, a Singeli act who will show the world the rich attributes of a youthful genre that is purely Tanzanian.
“It is my belief that after their performances at the festival things might not remain the same, just as has been the case with many other groups that performed at Sautiza Busara in past years, such as Sarabi, Jagwa Music, Tausi Women’s Taarab and others,” said Journey Ramadhan.
The line-up for Sautiza Busara 2019 includes Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Fid Q ( Tanzania), BCUC(South Africa), Afrigo Band(Uganda),Fadhilee Itulya(Kenya), MkubwanaWanawe Crew(Tanzania), S Kide(Tanzania), Damian Soul (Tanzania),Jackie Akello(Uganda), Faith Mussa (Malawi), Asia Madani(Sudan/Egypt), M’ToroChamou (Mayotte), HobaHoba Spirit(Morocco), Shamsi Music (Kenya), Sofaz (Reunion), Dago Roots(Reunion), Lydol(Cameroun), Stone Town Rockerz(Zanzibar), Ithrene(Algeria), Ifrikya Spirit (Algeria), Trio Kazanchis + 2 (Ethiopia/Switzerland), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara(Zanzibar) and more.
The 2019 edition will serve as a platform from which artists and audiences around the world will join hands to say no to corruption, demanding leaders from different sectors fulfil their daily obligations free from corrupt practise.
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