African Night Fever – Sona Jobarteh | Ropetackle Arts Centre

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Music, World Music,

African Night Fever – Sona Jobarteh

Friday 15th June 2018 - Starts 8pm



“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”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian

The Kora, a west African harp is traditionally played by male griots, or hereditary musicians, and never by women. Sona Jobarteh is the woman who decided to change the rules. She stands as she plays, demonstrating elegant and intricate musicianship; Sona is also a fine singer, with a cool, laid-back style, fronting a seasoned, four-man Afro Beat Group.

The years spent working as a musician in the UK training in Classical institutions such as the Royal College of Music and Purcell School of music, as well as being a permanent member of her brother’s Ensemble allowed Sona to become immersed in a world of musical diversity many could only dream of.

Sona was able to work alongside internationally acclaimed artists such as Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kasse Mady Diabaté and The BBC Symphony Orchestra.

She has won over audiences all over the world with her captivating voice and catchy melodies bringing messages about the issues that she champions – cultural identity, gender, love and respect, whilst remaining utterly faithful to her Gambian heritage.

Come and experience the magic first-hand at Ropetackle.

Ropetackle Cafe Suppers Shoreham

We're serving delicious food before this event from 6pm! Mains cost £8, desserts £3.50, or the two-course meal for £10.00. Advance booking necessary, to do so simply email Click on the icon to see what's on the menu.

Main: Chicken cacciatore and pasta served with salad / Roasted peppers served with salad (v)

Dessert: Strawberry and white chocolate mousse