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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 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.
 
 
 
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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.
 
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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 2019
       
           
  9th March | Womadadelaide Australia Info
           
  11th March | Womadadelaide Australia Info
           
  15th March | Womad New Plymouth New Zealand Info
           
  16th March | Womad New Plymouth New Zealand Info
           
  19th March | The Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, UK Info
           
  12th April | Kings Place London, UK Info
           
  7th June | PDV Fest Providence, USA Info
           
  8th June | Gusa World Music Festival York, USA Info
           
  9th June | Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, USA Info
           
  11th June | Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix AZ, USA Info
           
  13th June | San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, USA Info
           
  14th June | Kuumbwa Jazz Club Santa Cruz, USA Info
           
  15th June | UC Jazz Theatre Berkeley, USA Info
           
  16th June | Palms Playhouse Winters, USA Info
           
  19th June | Ann Arbor Summer Festival Ann Arbor, USA Info
           
  22nd June | West Kortright Center New York, USA Info
           
  23rd June | Symphony Space New York City, USA Info
           
  24th June | City Winery Boston, USA Info
           
  29th June | Victoria Jazz Festival Victoria, Canada Info
           
  30th June | Vancouver Jazz Festival Vancouver, Canada Info
           
  4th July | Bizzart Festival France  
           
  7th July | PRS Biennial, Purcell Room (Composition by Sona) London, UK Info
           
  11th July | PRS Biennial
(Composition by Sona)
Hull, UK Info
           
  18th July   Festival Sines, France Info
           
  19th July | Festival Sirocco Perpignan, France Info
           
  23rd July | Festival Olenberg, Germany  
           
  25th July | Zeltfestival Karlsruhe, Germany Info
           
  27th July | Plouhinec Brittany, France  
           
  1st August | Urkult Sweden  
           
  2nd August | Fasching Stockholm, Sweden Info
           
  4th August | Emmindingen Afrika Fest Germany  
           
  9th August | Afrika Tage Festival Vienna Info
           
  10th August | Ancient Trance Leipzig, Germany Info
           
  16th August | Eupen Belgium, Germany Info
           
  6th September | Urbana USA  
           
  14th September | Festival D'Ambronay Lyon, France Info
           
  21st September | Cross Culture Festival Warsaw, Poland Info
           
  3rd October | Schloss Elmau Germany  
           
  4th October | Moods Zürich, Germany  
           
  5th October | Le Singe Biel, Germany  
           
  6 October | Jazzhaus  Freiburg, Germany  
           
  7th November | L'Eticinelle Rouen, France  
           
  14th November | Frankfurter Hof Mainz, Germany  
           
  16th November | Philharmonie Cologne, Germany  
           
  21st November | Festival Istanbul, Turkey  
           
  30th November | TBA Savigny, France  
           
         

         

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