“Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and Afropop to impressive effect,” such was the review of Sona Jobarteh published by a British musical critic in The Guardian.
Her life, education, creative work and scenic destiny broke the social stereotypes in her native Gambia and became a vivid example of the personal growth and development of a woman from a traditional family from the western Africa, as well as an important musical phenomenon on the African continent – a phenomenon widely acknowledged in many countries.
Kora is a traditional African twenty-one-string harp popular in the western part of the continent (in Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau). It is usually played by men who sit when performing. The mere advent of Sona Jobarteh playing kora standing together with a male quartet was a sensation. Born in a traditional musical family, she continued her musical education in Europe (Royal College of Music, London). Since 2016, Sona Jobarteh has been giving lot of concerts. Her performances received warm welcomes in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Sona has recently performed in Australia, New Zealand, and the Macau.
Sona Jobarteh – the virtuoso of the African kora, singer, and composer – performs in Sochi for the first time.