“Sona Jobarteh is Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and Afro Pop to impressive effect”, says Robin Denselow, The Guardian.
On 23rd June we are more than happy to finally bring Sona Jobarteh in Romania, at Jazz in the Park, Cluj-Napoca.
Sona Jobarteh hails from a long West African tradition of Griots and kora players; her grandfather was the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. Creating her own history, she has broken from the male-dominated kora tradition to become the family’s first female virtuoso of the instrument. Sona is also a fine singer, with a cool, laid-back style, fronting a seasoned, four man Afro Beat Group.
The years spent working as a musician in the UK training in Classical institutions such as the Royal College of Music and Purcell School of music, as well as being a permanent member of her brother’s Ensemble, allowed Sona to become immersed in a world of musical diversity many could only dream of. She was able to work alongside internationally acclaimed artists such as Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté and The BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Sona Jobarteh has won over audiences all over the World with her captivating voice and catchy melodies bringing messages about the issues that she champions – cultural identity, gender, love and respect, whilst remaining utterly faithful to her Gambian heritage.
The event is curated by Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine, a community of music lovers and a family of artists driven by discovering and performing musical tales and creating authentic content.
After Sona Jobarteh live performance, we will continue Africa Safari with UFe Vinyl DJ Set. We will make you dance on the ancestral rhythms of Africa and to the tropical sounds of Latin America.