Get ready for an exuberant celebration of musical heritage of East Africa and beyond that starts from February 14th 2013 to 17th February 2013 at Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, the cultural heart of the country and a recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site.
The festival is a major crowd puller since 2004 and features the performances of more than 400 musicians throughout the world. Book flights to Tanzania, as the festivities are kicked off with a street parade featuring a brass bands, drummers, wanandege (umbrella women), dancers, walkers, jugglers and acrobats in colorful attires.
This whole festivity continues for whole five days where the finest African musicians perform on the main stage with Stone Town’s historic Old Fort where large crowd, enthusiastic musicians, as well as visitors from all corners of the world gather together and enjoy.
From Wednesday through to Sunday, around eight groups perform each day. Big names along with upcoming artists rub shoulders with each other. There are thirty best groups of Tanzania and around East Africa, traditional and modern, acoustic and electric as well as then groups representing other parts of African continent take part in this diaspora.
Around the festival, the island is buzzing with range of fringe events, traditional ngoma drum, dance, fashion shows, dhow races along with parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestra.