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 Poster

Sona Jobarteh Music

Sona Jobarteh and The Gambia Academy

On Tour

01.10.2019 D-Hannover Pavillon Tickets
03.10.2019 D-Elmau Schloss Elmau Tickets
04.10.2019 CH-Zürich Moods Tickets
05.10.2019 CH-Biel Le Singe Tickets
06.10.2019 D-Freiburg Jazzhaus Tickets
14.11.2019 D-Mainz Frankfurter Hof Tickets
16.11.2019 D-Köln Philharmonie Tickets
19.11.2019 Luxemburg Philharmonie Tickets

Photos

 

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