The Motherland Score by Sona Jobarteh is an innovative exploration into the cinematic representation of a Classical African sound world. Whilst much of Sona Jobarteh's score draws primarily on the West African Griot tradition, she also had to reinvent it in order to accommodate for the demands of the visual realm. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW
In order to create this film score Sona has explored instruments in different ways to that of their traditional setting. She has used the Kora as a bass instrument as well as tuning it to an 'Arabic' scale. She has used the Guitar to emulate the sound of an African lute, as well as being influenced by the West African Griot style of playing.
She has invented a new instrument called the Nkoni for use in many of the compositions in order to capture a unique sound. This instrument is a cross between the Kora and the Donso Ngoni, expanding the tonality and mood of the African musical sonic. Sona's vocal style draws on the West African Griot style, however there are aspects which also lean towards East African influences.
Factoring into the creation of a unique African aesthetic was Sona's avoidance of two crucial paradigms; firstly the reliance on the cinematic familiarity of western stringed instruments, and secondly the stereotypical predominance of drumming as a signature of African musical representation.