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Sona Jobarteh & Band - Kora Music from West Africa

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Click times for titles: 1) 0:12 2) 10:06 3) 16:52 4) 24:40 5) 34:02 6) 44:24 7) 49:30

Sona Jobarteh performed in Weimar on invitation of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and its UNESCO Chair of Transcultural Music Studies (TMS). The TMS Chair regularly invites artists to bring the musicology students into contact with various musical cultures for inspiration and exchange.

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. The Kora is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau). It belongs exclusively to griot families, and usually only men who are born into these families have the right to take up the instrument professionally. Sona Jobarteh combines various genres of African Music and western musical elements.

Sonah Jobarteh – Acoustic Guitar/ Kora/ Vocals
Kari Bannermann – Acoustic Guitar
Andi McLean – Electric Bass/ BVs
Mouhamadou Sarr – Djembe/ Congas/ Calabash/ BVs

Recorded on 1 July 2015 at the "mon ami", Weimar.

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The Kora is such a beautiful instrument!!!! Its so cool how much fun they are having.

Author — Playing For Change

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Listening from East Africa. I don't understand a word...and yet i understand everything. Soul language. Love, love, love.

Author — Rachel Wambui

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this guy has a Ph.D. in beating drums!! he is so connected to his instruments, they are just an extension of his thoughts... amazing!!

Author — joe Nzegang

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Every time that I play one of her videos can't feel but Love, Respect, Admiration and Peace. Thank you Sona Jobarteh.

Author — Pedro C Hernandez-Baracaldo

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I listen to music from all around the world and most is from Africa where financially enslaved black men and women are tossed throughout for $ since the age of time...And yet the best and underrated sounds, emotions, honesty and musicality come from our brothers and sisters who still have an unheard voice. Your perseverance and dedication inspires me...

Author — Patrick Mercier

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IAM HALF EGYPTIAN AND HALF NORWEGIAN, AFTER MY PARENTS WERE KILLED IN SADI ARABIA, I WAS RAISED BY AN ARABIAN WOMAN AND AN AFRICAN ZULU MAN. THE WOMAN WAS A HATEFUL PIECE OF WORK. BUT MY ADOPTED FATHER THE (ZULU) WAS THE APPLE IN MY EYE. HE WAS SO MULTI LINGUAL HE WAS INCREDIBLE. WE WOULD TRAVEL THE GLOBE, AND NO MATTER WHERE WE WENT OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OR PLACES ALL THIS WONDERFUL MAN HAD TO DO WAS SIT AND WATCH THE PEOPLE OF THESE PLACES FOR THREE HOURS AND AFTER THAT HE KNEW AND SPOKE AND WROTE THE LANGUAGE AS IF HE WAS BORN AND RAISED THERE. ENGLISH IS MY FIFTH LANGUAGE, I WASN'T BLESSED LIKE HIM TO HAVE OVER HUNDRED UNDER MY BELT. AND JUST LIKE HIM OUR MOST DIFFICULT LANGUAGE WAS ENGLISH. HE'S ALSO PASSED AWAY, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. AND THIS BAND THE MUSIC AND SINGER JUST MAKES ME WANT TO CRY BECAUSE OF THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS WHICH BRINGS BACK TO ME MY BEAUTIFUL ADOPTED FATHER'S LAND AND HIS PEOPLE. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THAT MAN WHOSE LIFE WAS CUT DOWN TOO SOON. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ABU. (ARABIC FOR PAPA).

Author — rat goon

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I will never know where my ancestors came from, but this feels good to my soul. Love from Mississippi USA

Author — Umi Mahuy

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It amazes me how tribal music all over the world is similar--even in Hawaii (here) the rhythms of Africa can be heard, the stick rhythms, in Tahiti/Polynesia too. Maybe Atlantis and Lemuria were real and all these things went all over the world when they sank lol;) Would explain the pyramids...the red and yellow, the head-dresses so similar all over China, Tibet, Hawaii, Tahiti, Africa...things to make U go ARE ALL CONNECTED. Aloha

Author — wave surfa

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I don’t see how more than 2 thousands folks dislike this beautiful Art - Not only all instruments are unique but the sound itself is Therapy and the vocal Flawless ❤️💯

Author — Lo Vision

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All across the continent of Africa, the music shares one powerful thing in common: It lifts you up, and it carries you.

Author — Richard Logan

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What fool would actually click dislike on such incredibly soulful music? Definitely not a human in touch with the essence of nature, and what it truly means, to be alive.

Author — Monique Maneveld

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Just a poor American, and this "speaks" to me. soo beautiful..wanting..
the universal language of music. The true voice and speaking from an African Drum!!

Author — Bruce Goodwin

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Soy de México, conocí la kora con el griot Babou Dièbate. Me encantaría verlos tocando juntos alabando a Dios y llevándonos a amar al prójimo como su bella cultura lo ejerce.

Author — Mona Verde

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The Kora is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments.

Author — P H

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1) 0:12 - Jarabi
2) 10:06 - Mamamuso
3) 16:52 - Kaira
4) 24:40 - Gainaako
5) 34:02 - Kanu
6) 44:24 - Saya
7) 49:30 - Bannaya

Author — hicthcock100

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Kenya Is Proud Of Sona Absolutely Gorgeous talented African Queen...

Author — JahIssa Waganda

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I stumbled across Sona Jobarteh's music while hunting for something else (same way I learned about Nina Simone and the Dropkick Murphys). This beautiful woman, playing wonderful music, on a fantastic instrument I've never seen before, with such a voice...I could listen for hours (and have done so). I am - I have no other word for it - smitten.

Watching the musicians (all quite good) swapping the lead back and forth and improvising solos, playing in both senses of the word, then returning to the "head, " feels just like American jazz. To a jazz listener, this music is simultaneously foreign and totally familiar and comfortable. Jazz scales and rhythms derive in large part from west African music, but has modern jazz bounced back to Africa and influence this music? (Sona Jobarteh was born and educated in the UK.)

Author — Dave's not here, man.

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Iam Somalian i love this songs listening every day i wish i could understand Gambian language .❤️❤️❤️❤️🇸🇴🇬🇭🇩🇯🇰🇪🇪🇷🇨🇩🇪🇹🇿🇼🇷🇼🇨🇲

Author — Shaakir Bootaan

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The way they spoke to each other with their instruments and eyes

Author — Seed The Poet

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GUYS, I'm from brazil and I have to say: You guys rules!! all the instruments very precise and it's very beutfull and ritmn, congratulations to the band!

Author — Tarcis Becher