19th March 2019
Music for Change and Gulbenkian are delighted to bring Sona Jobarteh to Canterbury as part of a series of concerts, celebrating music from around the globe on Tuesday 19th March at 8:00pm. Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious west African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is 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 social activist, 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 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 tradition and cultural heritage. Sona represents her tradition in a way that is easily accessible to her audiences from around the world, who are drawn by her captivating voice, strong rhythms and catchy melodies.
“All the makings of an international star” – Robin Denslowe, The Guardian.
“Standout international act. One of the best African bands. – Seth Jordan, Rhythms Magazine, Australia.
“Sona Jobarteh, a griot for a new generation of west Africans” – BBC Radio 3.