Sona Jobarteh

Sona Jobarteh

“Sona Jobarteh is Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and pop to impressive effect” Robin Denselow 


Sona Jobarteh is a living archive of the Gambian people. Her singing and Kora playing while fronting her band, spring directly from this tradition. The extent of her recognition today is evidenced by more than 10 million watchers on YouTube and considerable numbers on many digital platforms – despite singing in her native languages and keeping firmly to her own path within the music industry. 

Her May 9 King’s Place performance follows a packed 2019 with 52 performances including 12 sell outs. July saw her “Innovation through Preservation”- a PRS commission lauded by The Observer as uniting West African sounds and Western Classical …”to exuberant and poetic effect.” 

Sona’s dedication to spreading powerful humanitarian messages through her songs and her stage performances makes her much more than a musician; she is active in social change and leads by her own example. These efforts include her setting up  The Gambia Academy in her homeland and have gained her invitations to deliver speeches at high profile events around the world – including summits for the UN, the World Trade Organization and UNICEF. 




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Graham Lawson

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Discography | Sona Jobarteh on Allmusic.com