is a kora player of mixed Gambian and British descent, her father Sanjally Jobarteh is from Gambia, and part
of a griot family. Her grandfather Amadu Bansang Jobarteh
(born 1915) was a kora master of his time.
He was actually from Mali and migrated to the Gambia, this explains that another kora master
is actually a cousin of Sona.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede
is Sona's brother, they share the same mother, but Tunde's father
Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede is from Nigeria.
Already when she was nearly 4 years old, she was taught to play the kora by her brother Tunde. In the following years, both travelled
regularly to the Gambia.
Later on, it was her father who continued to teach her mastering the kora. It was quite unusual for a girl to play this ancient instrument,
even until today. She attended the Royal College of Music, where she studied cello, piano and harpsichord, and soon after went
on to the Purcell School of Music to study composition. She also completed a degree at SOAS, University of London.
Sona gave her first public performance when she was only 4 years old. When she was still a music student, she has made several
appearances with a variety of artists and ensembles. Moreover, she is a regular member of her brother Tunde Jegede's
African Classical Music Ensemble
, which has toured England, Ireland, Africa and parts of the Caribbean. 
She became more and more involved in composing and performing music for movies, examples are the movies
500 Years Later
(2005) and Broken Embraces
(2009), in both movies she played the kora.
For the 2010 movie Motherland
she was the composer of the music, it was released as an album in the same year.
In 2011, her album « Fasiya »
came out, a critically acclaimed album with no weak
track whatsoever. In celebration of 50 years of Independence for the Gambia in 2015, a new single
« Gambia »
was released as a download, and the beautiful video clip has been shown
on Youtube 4,8 million times (September 2018). A new album has been announced.