Sona Jobarteh, the first virtuoso female kora player, performs at the EFG London Jazz Festival for the first time this November, playing music from her debut album, Fasiya and her upcoming second release which is due this summer.
Sona was born into one of the five principal West African Griot families and has performed alongside Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, not just between the West and Africa, but also between West African musical genres. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender, love and respect whilst still referencing and rooting herself firmly in her traditional cultural heritage.
As she demonstrated with her great band last summer at WOMAD, she puts on an amazing show with high energy grooves and rhythms. Not to be missed!
You can buy tickets here.