The Kora is a West African harp instrument with 21 strings, traditionally played by men. Sona Jobarteh has broken away from this old custom! She plays the Kora standing up, demonstrating her complex musical abilities as the frontwoman of her own band. By the time she was four years old she learned from her brother how to play the instrument, which set the tone for her international career. Sona studied music at the Royal College of Music and composition at the Purcell School of Music as well as African studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In her compositions she combines a unique blend of modern and traditional African music, remaining true to the roots of her homeland.

 

For several years now Sona has been also socially engaged by founding the “Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School” in Gambia, where children can study the traditional music of their homeland.

 

 

Line-Up

 

Sona Jobarteh   voc, kora
Derek Johnson  guit. voc
Mamadou Sarr    per, voc
Andi McLean      bass, voc
Westley Joseph  dr, voc

 

 

Sona Jobarteh Music

On Tour

03.10.2019 D-Elmau Schloss Elmau (Ticketlink follows)
04.10.2019 CH-Zürich Moods (Ticketlink follows)
05.10.2019 CH-Biel Le Singe (Ticketlink follows)
06.10.2019 D-Freiburg Jazzhaus (Ticketlink follows)
14.11.2019 D-Mainz Frankfurter Hof (Ticketlink follows)

Photos

 

After clicking on the thumbnail you'll see in the lower left corner of the lightbox a link to the image in high resolution!
Please use always the photo credit "African Guild".