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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Sona takes her social activism to a new level

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Entering 2018 on a musical high, Sona Jobarteh opened the New Year with the official launching of the Global Fundraising & Strategic Partnership Campaign for the ABJ Cultural Academy New Campus Build Out, which will be located in Kartong, South Gambia.
According to reports, this new build-out is a continuation of her Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music established in 2015.

The new cultural academy’s build-out plans are now in the development phase with architectural drawings and site-preparations.
The new campus will be designed to serve as a centre for Gambians and international students to study African culture.

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They will be departments for dance, agriculture, music, film and multimedia studies. Additionally, the new campus will have accommodations for non-local volunteers and staff.
They are on the verge of setting up a new website that can take donations directly via Paypal where patrons can also sign up for auto-renewal monthly donations at their own specified amounts.

Sona Jobarteh is the first distinguished female kora player to come from the 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 at least the past seven centuries.

Also a social activist, lecturer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Sona is one of the most exciting new talents from the West African griot tradition to hit the stage in recent years.
Sona represents her tradition in a way that is easily accessible to her audiences from around the world, who are drawn by her captivating voice, strong rhythms and catchy melodies.

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