Sona Jobarteh

“Sona Jobarteh is Africa’s first female griot kora virtuose, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and Afropop to impressive effect.”
Robin Denselow / The Guardian

World tour 2023 sold out.

Available for booking


The Queen of the Kora

Sona Jobarteh is a unique and pioneering musical icon of her time whose renown has been rapidly flourishing globally. 

Born into a Griot family from the Gambia, a tradition that dates back seven centuries, she is the first female within this tradition to become a professional virtuoso on the Kora. Her music is uniquely poised between the preservation of her rich cultural heritage and an accessible, modern style that relates to the current era and to audiences from all over the world. 

At the heart of her success as an artist is her dedication to humanitarian activism in the areas of social development and educational reform on the continent of Africa.  She is the Founding Director of The Gambia Academy, an institution dedicated educational reform for Africans on the continent of Africa.

Sona has released 2 albums : Fasyia (2011) and Badinyaa Kumoo (2022)


03 August 2024
8h00 - 17h00

Folk Festival, Brno (CZ)

17 October 2024
8h00 - 17h00

Cabaret Sauvage, Paris (F)