Darren Sandford travels from Australia to the mystical Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, off the coast of East Africa, to document an magical four day music festival called Sauti za Busara. Swahili for “Sounds of Wisdom”, Sauti za Busara is an uplifting mix of up and coming and established musical acts drawn from all parts of Africa.
The exotic locale and friendly friendly people of island captures his heart and the fusion of African and Middle Eastern music makes his spirit soar.
He captures glorious sunsets experienced on sailing dhows, diving the reefs of Nungwi through to experiencing the buzz of the Forodhani food market and sharing in the joy of the locals in the festival opening carnival parade.
Highlighting the best of the music of the incredible four days interspersed with interviews of the performers from 2019 and previous years, you’ll definitely put visiting Zanzibar to experience this music festival on your “bucket list”.
The acts highlighted in the documentary are
Afrigo Band (Uganda);
Asia Madani (Egypt/Sudan);
BCUC (South Africa);
Dago Roots (Reunion);
Damian Soul (Tanzania);
Eli Maliki (Uganda);
Fadhilee Itulya (Kenya);
Faith Mussa (Malawi);
Fid Q (Tanzania);
(Algeria); Ithrene (Algeria);
Jackie Akello (Uganda);
Mkubwa Na Wanawe Crew
(Tanzania); Mookomba (Kenya);
(Mayotte/ Reunion); Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar);
S Kide & Wakupeti Band (Tanzania);
Shamsi Music (Kenya);
Swahili Encounters (Various);
Tausi Women’s Taarab
(Zanzibar); Trio Kazanchis + 2 (Ethiopia/Switzerland);
Tune Recreation Committee (South Africa);
Wamwiduka Band (Tanzania)
Special Thanks to
Alessia Lombardo & the musicians of
Dhow Countries Music Academy for
use of live recording of
traditional taarab orchestra
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