Global Roots Festival 2018: AYNUR and SONA JOBARTEH - Cedar Cultural Center416 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis,MN
09/17/2018 7:30 PM - 09/17/2018 9:30 PM
Aynur has become one of the most well known musicians from Turkey as a outspoken representative for the Kurdish people. A powerful singer, Aynur’s dynamic, mournful music breathes new life into centuries-old Kurdish folk songs that tell the stories of Kurdish women through hundreds of years of conflict and oppression. Aynur has collaborated with musicians across the world, including Yo-Yo Ma, who invited Aynur to participate in his Silk Road Project.
“Aynur… makes [melody] her own... every note, every microtone, every word reaches depth and unparalleled beauty."
- Javier Limón
Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family that has produced renowned musicians such as Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and Toumani Diabaté. Breaking away from tradition, she is a pioneer in an ancient male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. Sona’s skills as an instrumentalist and vocalist are backed by the power of a electric four piece band, innovatively blending different musical styles while remaining rooted in West Africa’s Mandinka culture and history.
“[Sona] represents where the kora stands today within the African diaspora”