The kora is an African string instrument, nicknamed the West-African harp. It is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Mandingo peoples of West Africa. It can be found in Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. Traditionally, only those African men – musicians, poets, troubadours – who were born into one of the five principal West African Griot families are allowed to play this instrument. Sona Jobarteh is an offspring of one of the Griot families and has become the first female virtuoso of this unique instrument.
She has won over audiences with her kora play, captivating voice and catchy melodies. In her music she brings messages about the issues that she champions – cultural identity, gender, love and respect towards one’s country and each other. The artist has performed around the world at different music festivals and concert halls. Including festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD UK, New Orleans Jazz Festival and many more.