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25 Beautiful Photos From East Africa's Biggest Music Festival, Sauti za Busara

Zanzibar's famous Sauti za Busara ('Sound of Wisdom') festival is widely regarded as one of the best music festivals in East Africa.

Zanzibar's famous Sauti za Busara ('Sound of Wisdom') festival is widely regarded as one of the best music festivals in East Africa.


The festival returned earlier this month after failing to take place in 2016 due to a lack of funds.

Sauti za Busara's 2017 line-up included performances from Rocky Dawuni, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Sarabi, Bob Maghrib, Simba and Milton Gulli, Jagwa Music, Karyna Gomes, Sami Dan & Zewd Band, Chibite Zawose Family, Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Wahapahapa Band, Batimbo Percussion Magique, Kyekyeku, Grace Barbé and H_art the Band.

We sent photographer Nicky Woo to cover this year's festival and she came back with these incredible photos below.

Band member takes break after the opening parade of Sauti Za Busara 2017.

Little girls dress up to attend the opening parade.

Indigenous dancer during opening parade ceremony.

Dancers dress in ragged shorts & Blackface in commemoration/ode to the slaves of Zanzibar.

Beni Brass Band poses after the opening parade of Suati Za Busara.

Traditional band taking a break after the opening parade of Sauti Za Busara 2017.

Batimbo Percusssion magique from Burundi.

Bob Maghrib from Morocco

Bob Maghrib from Morocco

The crowd.

The crowd.

Mswanu Gogo Vibes form Tanzania.

H-Art the band had the most energy and joy of any the acts. Total crowd pleaser with their style!

H_art the Band.

Incredible performer! This is the first time that an East African concert series has invited so many different West African (Ghanaian) bands to perform. Kyekyku is a young guy from Ghana who makes traditional music fused with an incredible, dynamic performance. The crowd loved him!

Saturday night Ghananian band Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Wonderful!

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.

Kyekyeku.

Saturday night Ghananian band Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Wonderful!

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.

Sami Dan & Zewd Band.

Sarabi.

Ze Spirits Band.

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