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Sauti Za Busara festival // Zanzibar // DJ & Workshop Announcement

February 26, 2014

The Santuri Safari offers 4 days of DJ workshops, performances, and networking opportunities 

Stone Town, Zanzibar – The Santuri Project, a three-year plan to revitalize the music industry in East Africa, funded and coordinated by HIVOS, announces a special line-up of DJ-centered workshops, performances, and networking opportunities to be held in conjunction with the Sauti za Busara festival 12-16 February 2014.

“We are really excited to open the Santuri Project at Sauti za Busara this year. It’s a chance to take a look at what’s happening with DJ culture in East Africa right now, and should provide some exciting pointers to how the scene and music will develop from here. It’s clear the role of DJs and electronic music is growing all the time in the region, and this is a great time to celebrate that fact”, said Project Coordinator David Tinning. “It’s also a opportunity to bring together musicians and DJs to work together, and begin to develop a truly contemporary East African sound for the dance floor”. 

Two workshops were held concurrently 12-14 February: the first workshop geared toward industry professionals interested in learning more about new music technologies and new marketing strategies. SoundThread’s Sam Jones led the second workshop, aimed at DJs, producers and sound engineers. Participants focussed on ways to create DJ-centric tracks that reflect a local identity, style or culture. Specialist input from internationally renowned musicians, producers, DJs and singers such as Wunmi, OY, Haja Madagascar and Gebrueder Teichmann helped in the creation of five original tracks over the course of the 3 days.  

In addition to the workshops, several events DJ events were held at the festival for the first time, including Sunset Sessions (DJ performances at sunset each evening that live-streamed to the web) and official after-parties designed to showcase East African and global DJ culture to Sauti za Busara festival audiences. DJs participating in the Santuri Safari had the chance to spin alongside internationally renowned guests such as Lulo Café, the South African house pioneer.

Produced by the cultural NGO Busara Promotions, Sauti za Busara is widely recognized as one of East Africa’s biggest and best-loved festivals, known for showcasing emerging local and regional talents alongside Africa’s top established acts. The 11th edition took place during 13-16 February 2014 in Stone Town’s historic Old Fort. The festival was headlined by Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Jupiter and Okwess International (DRC), and Sona Jobarteh (Gambia/UK). Tanzanian/Zanzibari acts included Reggae star Jhikoman, Hoko Roro, Seven Survivor, Tausi Women’s Taarab, Swahili Vibes, and many more.

Photography by Peter Bennett