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Faith to star at Sauti za Busara

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

More windows of opportunities continue to open for musician Faith Mussa, who is set to perform at the 2019 Sauti za Busara Festival in Tanzania in February.

Sauti za Busara is Swahili for ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ and brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies.

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The organisers, Busara Promotions, have released the 2019 lineup with Faith as the only one from Malawi.

The 16th edition of Sauti za Busara will take place at Stone Town, Zanzibar, from February 7 to 10 2019.

“It’s been a dream to perform at this festival and finally it’s here,” Faith said on Wednesday.

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The news about his performance at Sauti za Busara Festival 2019 comes barely a week after Ujeni Records, which also applied for a slot for him at the festival, announced his Scandanavian tour.

Faith leaves on October 20 for the Scandinavian tour which will see him perform at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen in Denmark.

He will perform alongside hip hop legend Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, and groups Rain in Sahara from India and Haga Que Pase from Colombia.

The ‘Mdidi’ creator will also perform in Norway starting at Folkefesten in Bergen on October 27 before performing at Bergen International Music Festival on the same day.

“This means the world to me and again I am happy with the Scandinavian tour because I will be meeting one of the best rappers and also play music on a big stage,” Faith said.

The singer and guitarist, who last year also performed at Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, will hold several other shows in Norway including in Oslo up to November 14.

Ujeni Records Label Manager, Karstein Grønnesby, said on Wednesday they applied for him and have since gone a head with the booking.

“As Ujeni Records, we are handling most of his international management tasks and so we are excited,” Grønnesby said.

Last month, Faith, alongside Mbanaye, performed at Watana Festival in Mozambique supported by Ujeni Records.

Last year, Enerst Ikwanga, who is now based in Switzerland, and Mbanaye performed at Sauti za Busara Festival while in 2016 Madalitso Band represented Malawi.

Considered one of Africa’s most-respected festivals, Sauti za Busara will feature 44 performances from artists across the African continent.

“Early in August, the festival selection committee rigorously reviewed all submissions received,” festival director Yusuf Mahmoud told Music In Africa.

With three stages, apart from Faith, other acts set to perform at the festival are Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Afrigo Band (Uganda), Fid Q (Tanzania), Fadhilee Itulya (Kenya), Ifrikya Spirit (Algeria), Rajab Suleiman and Kithara (Zanzibar), Tune Recreation Committee (South Africa) and Ithrene (Algeria).

Mahmoud said a total of 500 entries were received this year. “This is a significant growth because last year we received 400 entries,” he said.

Mahmoud, however, said it is evident that there is need to encourage more female musicians and bands who play quality original African music to apply for the festival.

Mahmoud said the festival has contributed to social cohesion and economic growth in Zanzibar since its inception in 2013.

Sauti za Busara Festival 2019 is powered by Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Switzerland to Tanzania and Zambia, Zenj Digital Television, Zanlink and Memories of Zanzibar, among others.

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