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Sauti Za Busara

February’s edition of Global Beats comes from the Sauti Za Busara music festival in Zanzibar.

February's edition of Global Beats comes from the Sauti Za Busara festival in Zanzibar.

Now in its twelfth year, Sauti Za Busara has gained a reputation as one of Africa's best and most respected music events.

All the music is live, and, as Global Beats presenter Rita Ray found out, artists are keen to be chosen to perform: they see it is a badge of honour and proof of their musicianship.

This year's line-up includes Tcheka from Cape Verde, Liza Kamikazi from Rwanda, Djmawi Africa from Algeria and The Brother Moves On from South Africa.

Tanzanian Bongo Flava man of the moment, Alikiba, also headlines, and a music festival in Zanzibar wouldn't be complete without Taarab master Mohamed Ilyas.

(Photo: Rita Ray and Thais Diarra, an afro-soul singer from Switzerland, Mali and Senegal)

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