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.





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


Sona Jobarteh Poster

Sona Jobarteh Music

Sona Jobarteh and The Gambia Academy

On Tour

30.05.2020 CH-Bern Dachstock (Ticketlink follows)
31.05.2020 CH-Winterthur Reithalle (Ticketlink follows)
17.06.2020 D-Würselen Burg Wilhelmstein Festival (Ticketlink follows)
20.06.2020 D-Frankfurt Afrikanisches Kulturfest (Ticketlink follows)
08.11.2020 D-München Ampere (Ticketlink follows)
05.08.2021 D-Emmendingen African Music Festival (Ticketlink follows)



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