Sona Jobarteh at Jazz in the Park 2018

It’s time to embark on a journey. 

This Africa Safari will open your eyes to universal perspectives on familiar places and altogether new experiences. It’s all about discovery, fun and world music. 

On 23rd June we are more than happy to finally bring Sona Jobarteh in Romania, at Jazz in the Park, Cluj-Napoca. 

Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso, Sona Jobarteh hails from a long West African tradition of Griots and kora players; her grandfather was the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. 

Creating her own history, she has broken from the male-dominated kora tradition to become the family's first female virtuoso of the instrument. Sona is also a singer with a cool, laid-back style, fronting a seasoned, four man Afro Beat Group. 

The West African griot is a troubadour, the counterpart of the medieval European minstrel. Their performances include tribal histories and genealogies. The griot knows everything that is going on, he is a living archive of the people's traditions. The virtuoso talents of the griots command universal admiration.

After Sona Jobarteh live performance, we will continue Africa Safari with UFe Vinyl DJ Set. We will make you dance on the ancestral rhythms of Africa and to the tropical sounds of Latin America. We invite you to feel with us, to play, to enjoy some energetic rum, to dance like crazy, to meet new people over a glass of great wine.

The event is curated by Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine, a community of music lovers and a family of artists driven by discovering and performing musical tales and creating authentic content. 

Sona Jobarteh live

Sona Jobarteh (Acoustic Guitar, Kora, Vocals), Mouhamadou Sarr (Djembe/ Congas/ Calabash/ BVs), Derek Johnson (Acoustic Guitar), Andrew McLean (Electric Bass/ BVs), Westley Joseph (drums)


Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine


UFe Vinyl DJ Set

UFe manifests himself as an explosion of diverse musical influences and genres that create a unique style which resists easy categorization. 

From the ancestral rhythms of Africa and the tropical sounds of Latin America, to the jazz and funk breaks that made the foundation of hip hop, plus some of the electronic music currently enjoying a vogue, many elements have helped shape his style into an admirably eclectic music.

UFe is also an accomplished producer, vinyl aficionado, he experiments with percussion and is currently involved in live projects such as Kosmic Blues.

He is the producer of Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine radio show broadcasted by Radio Guerrilla every Saturday. In September, last year, UFe released his first vinyl - Rumberto Eko.
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