Musician Sona Jobarteh grew to become the world’s first feminine kora participant



British Gambian artist Sona Jobarteh performs the kora, a stringed instrument that has been the protect of males for the reason that thirteenth century, handed down from father to son in a particular group of West African households for a whole lot of years. That was till he determined to alter issues. After choosing up the kora on the tender age of three, Sona has been taking part in for audiences throughout Europe, Africa and the US since her 2011 album ‘Fasiya’. She gained worldwide success after her 2015 tune “Gambia” which was launched to have fun the independence of The Gambia. It has grow to be the nation’s unofficial nationwide anthem with 24 million views on YouTube. The musician is in Paris to carry out on the Afrocolor Pageant.

She talks with Eve Jackson about being accepted as a kora participant, the significance of singing within the Mandinka language on her new album ‘Badinyaa Kumoo’, and creating the mannequin for a brand new African training system at her college, The Gambia Academy.