Audiences were stunned to find Brian Eno in the audience with them on Saturday night for Sona Jobarteh’s Jazzlines gig.
The kora, is traditionally played by male griots, and never by women. Sona is the woman who decided to change the rules. She stands as she plays, demonstrating elegant and intricate musicianship; a fine singer, with a cool, laid-back style. She has won over audiences all over the World with her captivating voice and catchy melodies bringing messages about the issues that she champions - cultural identity, gender, love and respect, whilst remaining utterly faithful to her Gambian heritage.
Musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist Brian Eno first came to international prominence in the early '70s as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed with a series of critically-praised and influential solo albums. His visionary production includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake.
Less widely discussed although equally notable and arguably even more prolific are his visual experiments with light and video. These are the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown, they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, and have in recent decades paralleled his musical output.