While some sectors in the Ugandan entertainment industry are still locked up due to Covid-19, it is business as usual in Tanzania as events and concerts happening with thousands in attendance.
The annual Sauti za Busara festival is days away with people in an expectant mood as organizers lay final touches to the preparations. The globally acclaimed extravaganza kicks off on February 12 at the Old Fort featuring incredible performances from 14 groups (11 from Tanzania and 3 from the rest of Africa).
Among the performers will be Ugandan’s Sandra Nankoma, the 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) winner. She is the only selected artiste from Uganda to perform at this year’s edition which will feature groups that mostly will be performing at the iconic Ngome Kongwe for the first time.
According to the festival director Yusuf Mahmoud, there is plenty to look forward to at this year’s edition from the selected artistes who illuminate Tanzania’s diversity together with other parts of Africa.
“Over the years audiences have come to expect something unique and fresh from our selection team and that is why we believe this year’s line-up is up to the task, for it is truly African and it is as we have always said music with identity,” said the festival director.
Among the selected artistes include Dulla Makabila, Msafiri Zawose, TaraJazz, Siti Muharram, and Vitali Maembe who represent some of Tanzania’s very best potential musical exports to the world.
The 2021 edition will serve as a platform from which artists and audiences around the world will join hands to reflect on some of the environmental issues that affect the planet.