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Wednesday, March 22, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Sona Jobarteh

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000


World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

“Sona Jobarteh is Africa's first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues, and Afropop to impressive effect” - The Guardian

Preserving her musical past Sona Jobarteh innovates to support a more humanitarian future. The spirit of Sona Jobarteh's musical work stands on the mighty shoulders of The West African Griot Tradition; she is a living archive of the Gambian people. With one ear on the family's historic reputation, one on the all-important future legacy and her heart in both places, she is preparing a place today for the next generation. Her singing and Kora playing while fronting her band, spring directly from this tradition. The extent of her recognition today is evidenced by more than 23 + million watchers on YouTube and considerable numbers on other digital platforms. All this despite singing in her native languages and keeping to her own path within the music industry.

https://sonajobarteh.com/