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When

Occurs on Friday March 31 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours

Venue

McIntyre Hall
2501 East College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273

Event Notes

× SONA JORARTEH McIntyre Hall Presents Friday, March 31 7:30pm

Tickets: Reserved Seating $33 - $43 CYO Subscription, Student and Senior Discounts COVID-19: Masks are encouraged but not required at this time.

Gambian vocalist, kora master, and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh is a pioneering musical icon whose artistry is poised between the preservation of her rich cultural heritage and an accessible modern style. Born into a griot family, she is the first female artist within the more than 700-year old tradition to become a professional virtuoso on the kora.

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. The Gambian-British musician is the first professional woman kora player from one of the five principal kora-playing griot families from West Africa. The kora, a harp-like instrument, has been passed down for centuries among West African musical storytelling families, called griots. For much of that time, West African custom only allowed men to be paid for playing the kora. Sona Jobarteh changed that tradition. She began playing the Kora at age 3, and has performed all over the world. The extent of her recognition today is evidenced by more than 22 million+ viewers on YouTube and considerable numbers on other digital platforms.

Preserving her musical past, Sona Jobarteh innovates to support a more humanitarian future. Sona’s dedication to spreading powerful humanitarian messages through her songs and her stage performances makes her much more than a musician; she is active in social change and leads by her own example. Sona single handedly set up The Gambia Academy, a pioneering institution dedicated to achieving educational reform across the continent of Africa combining mainstream academic curriculum with the culture, traditions and history that belong to its students, to the front and center of their everyday education.

Join us for a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to the concert.

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  • Skagit Valley College & High School Students FREE (While Supplies Last)
  • Students may attend FREE. Simply present your current student ID at the Box Office. Available 2 weeks prior to the performance.
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