Born to one of the five principal Kora playing families from West Africa, Sona Jobarteh is the first woman to emerge into prominence on the instrument. She has studied the Kora since the age of three, and gave her first performance at London’s Jazz Café at four. Sona Jobarteh made her debut as a film composer in 2009. She invented a new instrument called the Nkoni, a cross between the Kora and the Donso Ngoni, for use in many compositions to capture unique sound. She talks about the Kora, life and the role of artist in society. More on Sona @


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Sona Jobarteh: (1) Gambia, (2)Jarabi, (3) Gainaako & (4) Mali Ni Ce.

Live broadcast 2018/08/08 & 2018/08/15 on WBAI 99.5 FM, NYC Pacifica Radio #AfrobeatRadio #SonaJobarteh