Event Date and time: Wednesday 16th November 2016 | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue details: Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Organisers: EFG London Jazz Festival |
Event website: Sona Jobarteh – EFG London Jazz Festival
Event cost: £20
The first female Kora musician Sona Jobarteh brings her electrifying show to the EFG London Jazz Festival. ‘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.

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