“Gambia Meets Jazz” — Sona Jobarteh & Group
Sona Jobarteh is West Africa's first female kora player. The kora is a 21-string harp instrument with a long tradition. Usually, the Griot instrument is only played by men, who pass the technique on to their sons. In this respect, Sona Jobarteh's older brother deserves thanks for introducing his sister to the instrument at age 4. This could have something to do with the fact that Jobarteh, although the daughter of a Griot dynasty, was born in London. She also studied music, composition, and African Studies in London and then undertook the bridging of modern compositions and traditional music with great success. As a musician, Jobarteh enjoys great respect from her male colleagues, has shared the stage with Oumou Sangaré and Toumani Diabaté, has performed at numerous festivals worldwide, and was a support act for Salif Keïta and Cassandra Wilson.
Tickets are CHF 40.20-78.90 for seats and CHF 30 for standing room.