The 16th edition of Sauti za Busara supported by the Norwegian Embassy

Busara concert 2019 - Photo:Mari Bræck
Live performance at Sauti za Busara - Photo: Mari Bræck

“Sauti za Busara”, one of the leading festivals in Africa, took place this weekend, February 7-10. Every year Stone Town, Zanzibar, hosts four days and nights of African music.

With three stages displaying more than 44 shows, the festival presented music for everyone, including free performances every day. There were around 400 artists, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, from Cape Town to Casablanca. The kick-off was the Carnival Parade, a unique spectacle uniting both the visitors from all corners of the world and Tanzanians form Zanzibar and mainland.

Busara carnival parade
Sauti za Busara carnival parade Photo: The Embassy

This year all the staff at the Embassy went to Stone Town, combing the annual retreat with a visit to the festival. Discussion about the work environment went well together with joint music experience. Attending the festival was a unique way to learn more about the festival and the benefit of our support.

Embassy Staff retreat
Ambassador Elisabeth Jacobsen together with staff from the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Photo: The Embassy

The Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Elisabeth Jacobsen, attended the festival for the first time. At the press conference, she emphasized that Sauti za Busara is an important platform for free cultural expression and promoting cultural diversity, whilst nourishing expertise, quality and professionalism in Tanzanian’s cultural sector. Moreover, the Ambassador accentuated that the Embassy will continue to support cultural activities like Sauti za Busara because we understand the value of such activities. The Norwegian embassy will sign a new agreement with Busara in March, aiming at supporting the festival in the effort to bring social, cultural and economic benefits for Tanzania. We believe that the festival can contribute to keeping music tradition alive, providing jobs, skills, platforms for intercultural exchange and boost the local economy.