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Sauti za Busara Music Festival

Stone town, Tanzania. 11th February 2012 -- Music performances at the Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar. -- The 9th annual Sauti za Busara music festival is taking place in the historic Old Fort in Stone Town. The festival features over 400 musicians from Tanzania and throughout Africa. Zanzibar, Tanzania. 12th February 2012 ISL0612_DispatchesMandy Glinsbockel / Demotix

“I could hear the music before I could see the huge stage at the Old Fort. The echoing sounds guided me through the maze of streets that is Stone Town, Zanzibar, where the four-day festival Sauti za Busara — the Swahili name roughly translates to ‘sounds of wisdom’ — celebrates traditional African heritage through tribal dance and song. The tropical heat didn’t slow down the mixed crowd of locals and visitors, who moved to the unique rhythms of some of East Africa’s biggest names well into the wee hours. As I listened to songs in languages I didn’t understand, I realized that the words didn’t matter; the sounds did. I felt the heart of this culture through the pulsing beats and outpouring of emotion in response to them. Speaking the language of music was all I needed to do.”