Our Offices & Partners Abroad

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Music SDC

SADC musicians to light up the stage at Sauti za Busara 2020

Sauti za Busara

13-16 February 2020

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SADC >> Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara is East Africa’s biggest music festival, bringing people together to celebrate African music under African skies. The 17th edition will take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 13th – 16th February 2020 with more than 400 musicians taking part. Over the past few years we have supported the participation of musicians from our Swiss and Regional programmes in this important musical gathering. This year we’re pleased to be supporting three projects through the ANT Mobility Fund.


Hailing from the Mauritian island of Rodrigues, Mannyok’s twirling sound is rooted in local traditions with original compositions and reinterpretations of local standards. Rhythmic and energetic, the ensemble is composed of five musicians from a variety of backgrounds offering diverse influences to the music mix. Twin brothers Christian and Christophe Casimir, Sydney Alfred, Christel Emilien and Vallen Pierre-Louis play an array of instruments including rhythm and bass guitars, accordion, banjo, mandolin, n’goni, drums, conga, ‘balié koko’, ‘tok tok’, ‘kes mannyok’, ‘zing zing’ and percussion instruments.


Saturday 15 February - 7:05pm Main Stage

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Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane is a prolific South African artist who has played extensively on the South African circuit, in Mozambique, USA and beyond. His performances are inspired by funk, hiphop, gospel and traditional music from South Africa, attracting jazz aficionados as well as music fans of all genres. He is currently studying towards his PhD focusing on the concept of home through the lens of South African Jazz. Sibusiso has released three albums in as many years:  Amanz’ Olwandle (2016), Rotha, A Tribute to Mama (2017) and Closer to Home (2018). His most recent album was nominated for Best Jazz Album in the South African Music Awards 2019. Closer to Home is infused with the musical dialects and characteristics of the Ndebele, Pedi, Swazi and Zulu communities that Sibusiso has collaborated and shared with.

Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane

Sunday 16 February - 7:05pm Main Stage

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Movers & Shakers workshop

Jess White of Akum Agency will host an information and training session for East African musicians and emerging managers on the basics of artist management, EPK tips, digital distribution, how to approach festivals and promoters, and music trade events.

Movers & Shakers Workshop

Fri 14 February: 2-4 pm

Monsoon Restaurant (2 minutes’ walk from Old Fort or Forodhani Gardens)
(English & Swahili: by invitation only)

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Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.