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The Secret Admirer

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An African sent letters about his passion for SONA JOBARTEH and how her voice has connected to his spirit, stay tuned to Africa culture channel to know Sona Jobarteh.


The beautiful Gambia Goddess

She is known for her beautiful vocal and melody, her songs hit the soul of the Africa root expressing her feeling through her songs. She was born into a family that is known for such beautiful talent, she is the granddaughter of the Master Griot, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, who migrated from Mali to the Gambia. Her cousin is a well-known, celebrated Kora player Toumani Diabaté.


Sona Jobarteh studied the Kora since the age of three, at first was taught by her cousin Toumani Diabaté, who is 11 years older, and with whom she traveled several times a year to  Gambia as a child, and then by her father, Sanjally Jobarteh. She is known around the world for her Beautiful talent with over twenty songs, She is 36 years old, she is African. She was known around the world for Kora, voice, guitar, cello after her first show in London when she was four years old and performed at festivals several times in her early childhood. She made her debut as a film composer in 2009 when she was commissioned to create the soundtrack to a documentary film on Africa entitled MotherLand.

The score was an innovative exploration into the cinematic representation of a classical African sound world. While much of Jobarteh’s score drew primarily on the West African Griot tradition, she also had to reinvent it to accommodate the demands of the visual realm. She is European-born of African heritage and strongly identifies with the latter. Spending significant time in both England and The Gambia.

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious west African Griot family. taking with her the Africa culture around the world. she is a modern-day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary a tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.

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