In the hot glove of a sticky East African night, the last act of the annual Sauti za Busara festival takes place. ‘Local’ outfit FM Academia – with over twenty members in the band – are rocking the open-air venue (an old walled fort in the centre of Zanzibar Town) with their unique ‘muziki da dansa’ rumba style, when, suddenly, on stage come literally dozens of the festival’s crew. The now over-crowded hugely enthusiastic stage dances out the last number of the 2012 event. Mark Stewart reports… Continue reading Busara Festival to leave its Zanzibar home?
“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.
The uncomfortable truth is that the latest single from Nneka has a dodgy cover [not the picture with this piece], but don’t let that put you off.