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SONA JOBARTEH - THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

 
Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious west African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.

Also a social activist, lecturer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Sona is one of the most exciting new talents from the West African Griot tradition to hit the stage in recent years.

Sona has an effortless ability to blend musical styles and uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender, love and respect whilst still adhering to and rooting herself firmly in her traditional cultural heritage. Sona represents her tradition in a way that is easily accessible to her audiences from around the world, who are drawn in by her captivating voice, strong rhythms and catchy melodies.
 
 
Sona Jobarteh forthcoming shows
         
3rd June - Africa Festival   Wurzburg, Germany
         
5th June - World Bank   Washington DC, USA
         
7 June - St George.s   Bristol, UK
         
8 June - Le Mas Dazil   Toulouse, France
         
15 June - Ropetackle   Brighton, UK
         
16 June - Africa Oye   Liverpool, UK
         
17 June -     Lublin, Poland
         
18 June - Jazz Café   London, UK
         
19 June - Sage   Gateshead, UK
         
23 June - Jazz in the Park   Cluj Romania
         
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SONA IS AWARDED ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018 AT THE AFRICA FESTIVAL

  Sona was honoured to receive the award for Artist of the Year by Europe’s largest Africa Festival in Wurzburg. The presentation of the award was followed by a panel discussion between Sona and the President of Germany regarding social affairs and development in The Gambia.
     

   
   
 

SONA'S LATEST PRESENTATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONFERENCE

  In October Sona made an empowering speech about trade, education, development, women's entrepreneurship in The Gambia at the 2017 International Tade Conference held in Budapest, Hungary. She called for a need to invest more in education and for society to address the need for cultural reform in order to support and encourage more women to go into business.
     

 

GERMAN PRESIDENT MAKES PERSONAL VISIT TO SONA'S MUSIC SCHOOL

 

The President of Germany made an official personal visit to Sona's school in The Gambia, The ABJ School of Music. He and his delegation enjoyed a specially prepared performance by the students followed by a speech by Sona. The President expressed his strong support for the school and its initiatives.

     

     
Sona Jobarteh at the World Trade Organisation 2017  

SONA TAKES HER SPOT AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION IN GENEVA

  Sona made an impressive contribution at the World Trade Organisation summit in Geneva Switzerland. Her performance on the first day of the conference was followed by a presentation about the importance of Trade and Youth Empowerment in the Gambia on day 2 of the conference.
 
Sona Jobarteh latest album  

SONA'S FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM

 

Sona Jobarteh has been working hard on getting her new album finalised. It has a lot to live up to, being the first release since her critically acclaimed album Fasiya. But this album is set to be a real gem, combining all the influences that makes Sona unique in this tradition. The album will challenge both the musical and lyrical boundaries of the Griot tradition whilst still being firmly grounded in the ancient tradition to which it belongs. Sign up to Sona's mailing list to be the first to be notified of its release.

   

     
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FORTHCOMING SHOWS 2018
       
           
  4th May | Berklee College of Music Boston, USA Info
           
  10th May | Institute Francaise Haiti --
           
  11th May   Congo Club Haiti --
           
  3rd June | Africa Festival Wurzburg, Germany Info
           
  5th June | World Bank, Africa Rememberance Day Washington DC, USA Info
           
  7th June | St George's Bristol, UK Info
           
  8th June | Le Mas D'Azil Toulouse, France Info
         
  9th June | THSH Birmingham, UK Info
           
  10th June | Royal Northern College Of Music Manchester, UK Info
           
  15th June | Ropetackle Brighton, UK Info
           
  16th June | Africa Oyé Liverpool, UK Info
           
  17th June | Dzwieki Slůw Lublin, Poland Info
           
  18th June | Jazz Café London, UK Info
           
  19th June | Sage Gateshead Gateshead, UK Info
           
  8th July | Afrika Festival Hertme Holland Info
           
  19th July | --- Memmingen, Germany --
           
  21st July | Africajarc Cajarc, France Info
           
  29th July | Sfinks Brussells Info
           
  10th August | Habari Africa Festival
Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Canada Info
           
  12th August | Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, Canada Info
           
  24th August | Africa Tage Festival Vienna Info
           
  30th August | GŁtersloh Germany Info
           
  1st September | District Cultural Arts Festival
Six Square
Austin, Texas Info
           
  7th - 9th September | North Carolina Folk Festival Greensboro, North
Carolina
Info
           
  11th October | Somerville Theatre Somerville, Massachusetts Info
           
           
           
         

         

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