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Cultural Events for your Zanzibar Diary:

Friday 26th September:

Zein al Abdin, master oud player from Mombasa, Kenya is in Zanzibar leading oud and maqam masterclasses at Dhow Countries Music Academy (http://www.zanzibarmusic.org) later this month and will be performing a special concert together with Baladna Taarab (DCMA Teachers' Group) on Sept 26th. Contact us, or mailto:musicacademy@zanlink.com for tickets and info and if you can't make it, at least check out his highly recommended CD "The Swahili Songbook" on dizim records.


2 - 7 December

Africa Travel Association's CULTURAL & ECOTOURISM INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM here in Zanzibar welcomes those of you, particularly from the travel industry, who are with us in promoting initiatives to developing responsible and sustainable tourism in Africa.

Many of Zanzibar's leading music and cultural groups will be performing in venues around town for the duration of the meeting. More information:
or email

13th &endash; 15th February, 2004

SAUTI ZA BUSARA (Sounds of Wisdom) Swahili Music + Cultural Festival
Weekend cultural extravaganza showcasing a diversity of performing arts rooted in Swahili language and traditions. Featuring the finest traditional and contemporary groups from Tanzania, East Africa and beyond, admission is free! See below ...

SAUTI ZA BUSARA FESTIVAL: Swahili Music and Cultural Festival in Zanzibar: February 13-15, 2004
Showcasing best of Swahili musical traditions, from the past, present and future. Malindi Grounds, Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Dear Friends

Please see below for information on a new exciting music festival which I hope that you can help to promote in your publication and/or on your website. The Festival, Sauti za Busara (Swahili meaning Sounds of Wisdom) is organized by Busara Promotions, a non-profit cultural NGO based here in Zanzibar.

With thanks and best wishes

Yusuf Mahmoud, Director, Busara Promotions

Bookings and more information: busara@zanlink.com

A 3-day weekend cultural extravaganza of music, theater and dance. The theme of this new dynamic festival on the African cultural calendar is Swahili Encounters, focussing on showcasing a diversity of performing arts which are all rooted in Swahili language and traditions. Modern and traditional styles, both religious and secular will be represented, alongside exciting new fusions and included will be some of the finest groups from Tanzania and Kenya. The 2004 inaugural Festival takes place on the magical and friendly islands of Zanzibar, Tanzania and is FREE admission for all. The festival venue is Malindi Grounds, a large green open space in the area close to the main market of Zanzibar Town. Accommodation at all levels is available within easy walking distance of the main festival venue.

SAUTI ZA BUSARA festivals are planned for the future in a range of East African islands and coastal venues and will expand to include a broad program of local and international artists.

During the week before the 2004 festival Busara Promotions collaborates with the Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA Zanzibar: www.zanzibarmusic.org) to present a series of related music-based workshops and master classes. For the week following the event Busara also plans to coordinate a variety of recording sessions featuring many festival artists at Zanzibar's Heartbeat Studios.

A full-colour promotional flyer is available in Adobe Photoshop or jpeg format.

Music groups and artists interested in participating please send press kits to:

Busara Promotions, PO Box 3635, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Tel: +255 747 428478

Advertising, merchandising and sponsorship packages are available.

For more information contact Festival Director at busara@zanlink.com

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