Sona Jobarteh's latest single, available to download from iTunes
Sona Jobarteh's album available to buy online.
"Stunning Kora album" Soundsense Online
"Mould-breaking" Songlines Magazine
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'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'S HONG KONG DEBUT LEAVES A BIG IMPRESSION
Performing two nights in a row at the World Cultures Festival in Hong Kong Sona made a big impression in yet another new territory. Performing at a sold-out venue Sona also delivered a Lecture on her second day, followed by a demonstration/discussion the following day to excited audiences made up of students, lecturers and fans alike. Her foot is now strongly in the door of this new region and her subsequent visit will be coming very soon.
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'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.