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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 2020
       
  25th January | Centre Francois Rabelais Changé France Info
           
  31st January | 2 Pieces Cuisine, Blanc Mesnils France Info
           
  1st February | Le Théâtre de Roanne Roanne, France Info
           
  7th - 9th February   World Urban Forum Abu Dhabi Info
           
  14th February | X111 International Arts Festival Sochi, Russia Info
           
  20th March | Espace Gérard Philipe France Info
           
  28th March | Give 1 Project Anniversary Dakar, Senegal Info
           
  8th April | Le Volcan - Scène Nationale du Havre Le Havre, France Info
           
  9th April | L'Archipel Fouesnant, France Info
           
  10th April | Le Roudour St Martin Des Champs, France Info
           
  11th April | Theaterhaus Jazztage Stuttgart, Germany Info
           
  15th April | To be announced... Mayotte Pending...
           
  17th April | Kabardock La Reunion Info
           
  18th April | To be announced... Mauritius Pending...
           
  9th May | Kings Place London, UK Info
           
  12th May | Wiener Konzerthaus Vienna Info
           
  15th May | La Salle Du Cercle Bischheim, France Info
           
  16h May | Espace James Chambaud Pau, France Info
           
  19th May | La Salle Nougaro Toulouse, France Info
           
  21st May | Coutances Normandy, France Info
           
  24th May | To be announced... Gran Canarias Pending...
           
  May 29 | Festival Metisse Angouleme, France Info
           
  May 30 | Bachstock Bern, Switzerland Pending...
           
  May 31 | Reithalle Afro-Pfingsten Festival Winterthur, Switzerland Info
           
  6th June | Marseille France Pending...
           
  14th June | Prague Festival Czech Republic Pending...
           
  17th June | Wilhelmstein Castle Würselen, Germany Info
           
  18th June | Festival Jazz A'Leveche Orleans, France Pending...
           
  19th June | Kammgarn Festival Kaiserslautern, Germany Pending...
           
  20th June | Afrikanisches Kulturfest Frankfurt, Germany Pending...
           
  26th June | St Thurien L'Orient Brittany, France Pending...
           
  3rd July | Forde Festivalen Norway Info
           
  9th July | Copenhagen Jazz Festival Denmark Pending...
           
  10th July | Robion Festival Marseille, France Pending...
           
  23rd July | Festival Nuits de Fourviere Lyons, France Pending...
           
  26th July | WOMAD UK Pending...
           
  2nd August | Fano International Jass Festival Fano, Italy Info
           
  21st & 22nd August | Bellevue Palace Berlin, Germany Pending...
           
  29th August | Diversity Valencia Festival Spain Info
           
  30th August | Shambala Festival Cambridge, UK Info
           
  15th October | The Roma Antwerp, Belgium Info
           
  16th October | Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama Cardiff, UK Info
           
  17th October | Uppsala University Sweden Pending...
           
           
         

         

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