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 Afropop to impressive effect”  – Robin Denselow,  The Guardian 

The Kora, a west African harp is traditionally played by seated male griots, or hereditary musicians, and never by women. This is the woman who decided to change those rules and drive social change with her musical adventures. Sona Jobarteh stands as she sings and plays Kora, demonstrating elegant and intricate musicianship in, fronting a well seasoned, four man ensemble, which has been touring intensively since 2016 on an ever increasingly global scale. A stand out early band performance in The Francz Liszt University at Weimar Germany became a 6.5 million views I hr long video on You Tube, where her self-produced debut video “Gambia” has notched up 7.7 million views. Early appearances at Rudolstadt and Wurzberg  made Germany a major consumer of “all things Jobarteh” with eleven shows this year – but London remains her European anchor with two sold out shows in April 2019 at Kings Place and the July premiere of her PRS commissioned piece “Preservation through Innovation” . Following ten autumn performances in France, 2019 will see her complete a second US tour encompassing 15 dates from the Hollywood Bowl to Symphony Space in NYC . 




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Discography | Sona Jobarteh on Allmusic.com