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Sona Jobarteh

Wednesday 16 November
Main Space
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In a nutshell

The first female Kora musician Sona Jobarteh brings her electrifying show to the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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‘Tradition-busting female Kora virtuoso’ (Daily Mail) Sona Jobarteh performs at the EFG London Jazz Festival for the first time this November, playing music from her debut album, Fasiya, and celebrating her second release, which is out 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.

To see the first female Kora musician playing Griot from an ancient lineage that started in Mali and The Gambia is already a thrill, but as WOMAD audiences discovered last summer, her singing and electric band featuring hot rhythms is really something not to be missed.

What to expect

Sona sings and plays the Kora, performing live with her band. 

Who’s involved


The EFG London Jazz Festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events ranging from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events.

What are people saying

'Tradition-busting female Kora virtuoso’ Daily Mail

‘Sona Jobarteh, a griot for a new generation of West Africans’ BBC Radio 3

‘Beautiful voice’ The Independent

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix matters as a hub of creative and artistic energy serving Shoreditch and London.'

Find out more


Twitter: @SonaJobarteh

Facebook: /sonajobarteh

Instagram: @sonajobarteh

Things you should know

This is a standing gig.

This event is wheelchair accessible.