Entertainment & Lifestyle:Gambian Kora player among line-up for 2018 World Music Festival

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gambian Kora player Sona Jobarteh has been listed among the artistes who will perform at the 2018 world festival in Chicago, United States of America.

Music in Africa website reports that now in its 20th edition, the festival has been described as “the annual celebration of global vibes.”

This year, the event will take place from 7 – 23 September, with artistes performing on more than a dozen venues dotting the American city.

The event will feature a celebration of cultures from Indian to Mexican, where such acts as Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee, Sara Ranganathan, Anandi Bhattacharya, Debashish Bhattacharya and Subhasis Bhattacharya will play to the festival audience.

Jobarteh will perform on 12th and 13th September in two different venues. She is the “first female griot kora virtuoso” from West Africa and is from a family steeped in the griot tradition.

In what is described to be a busy year for Jobarteh, 2018 will also see her perform at the North Carolina Folk Festival in September. She is also set to release a new album after informing her fans on Facebook about collaboration.

Jobarteh has received an award this year for her work at the Africa Festival, which took place in Wurzburg, Germany and she was named the winner of an award given by the annual festival.

Sharing the news on social media, she wrote: “So honored to have won the Africa Festival Artiste of the Year 2018 – the largest African music festival in Europe! Thank you so much for your faith and support in me, I’m feeling so blessed,”Jobarteh highlighted.

Author: Pa Modou Cham