saturday 18:00
Sona Jobarteh Africa’s griot kora virtuoso. The world inside Great Amber. Gambia

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.

Sona performs concerts together with four talented musicians who professionally perform the rhythms of African jazz, soul and funk music.

The Guardian writes: “Sona Jobarteh is Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and Afropop to impressive effect.”
Sona stands tall in the fight for Women’s rights and she staunchly supports her Gambian homeland. She has singlehandedly built up and financed a school for Gambian children from zero, to preserve her Griot heritage for future generations.

Sona Jobarteh, vocal and Kora
Westley Joseph,drums
Derek Johnson, acoustic guitar
Andrew Mclean, bass
Mouhamadou Sarr, percussion (congas, djembe, calabash)


Concert in one part. Duration: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Tickets: starts from EUR 10.00. Ticket prices may change as the event approaches.

School children, students, teachers, seniors - 25%
Seniors with group I and II disabilities, and their carers - 50%
Family tickets - 1 or 2 adults + 2 children (or more) – 25%

Group tickets:
10-30 persons - 20%
30 and more persons - 25%

Venue: Great Hall

Organised by: Great Amber