Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated tradition. Sona has modernised the presentation of kora music through a rhythmic edge that perfectly compliments her remarkable singing.The kora is a 21 stringed African harp and one of the most important instruments of West Africa. Having learned to play kora under the tutorship of her father, Sona has also worked as a musician in the UK for many years, receiving classical training from the Royal College Of Music. She has also worked with internationally acclaimed artists including Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.Sona has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, not just between Western and African styles, but also between the genres of West African itself. Sona’s music is accessible and captivating, impressing audiences with her beautiful voice, strong rhythms and catchy melodies. Most recently, Sona’s vocals were featured in Hollywood blockbuster Mandela.
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Review: Sona Jobarteh @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2016)
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