I discovered Sona Jobarteh on my travels with Khonsu. How is it that I’ve never found her incredible voice and presence before, especially when her heart is attached to one of my favourite instruments – the kora?
Let Fatoumata Diawara’s incredible voice take you to Timbuktu, a place of legend, history, culture and beauty – and pain – carved out of the desert in Mali, dating back to the 12th century.
I experienced music as a life force in West Africa. It was in every space and place, in the humblest of homes, the busiest of buses, wrapped around the twists and turns of market stalls, booming from kiosks, shops, schools, playgrounds. It was in the children’s play, the women’s cooking, the voices of girls hanging clothes, the old men on bikes.
The story of the Jerusalema song and dance that has gone viral globally during the pandemic is as inspiring and beautiful as the dance itself.