classical music
contemporary classical

Innovation Through Preservation

Part of New Music Biennial

For this premiere, Sona Jobarteh has written music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions.

Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious west African griot family.

She is a modern-day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.

This piece is inspired by the royal court tradition of the griots, which dates back hundreds of years.

In a piece featuring African and Western instruments played side by side, she unfolds the ancient stories of Manding history.

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Purcell Room


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The 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.