“Imagine an artist with JacoPastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Richard Bona!” – Los Angeles Times
“It’s not cool to be impressed by the latest whiz kid to hit town. But even the hippest of the hip give it up when the subject turns to Richard Bona, a slight, shy virtuoso of the electric bass guitar from a mud-hut village deep in Cameroon.” – Newsweek
“His songs assume a virtuosity so complete that it only has to whisper.” – The New York Times
There’s a lot of talk these days about the future of music: the blending of old and new, the cross-pollination of cultures, the blurring of genres. There aren’t many musical artists who inhabit both the past and the future as fully as Richard Bona. There aren’t many people who’ve made themselves at home in so many different places. He’s lived in skyscrapers and chateaus and huts. He’s performed in Paris, Mumbai, and Sydney. He’s run for his life with a panther at his heels. He knows how to operate ProTools through an SSL console and how to trap an animal.
Throughout the 1990s Richard Bona’s musicianship and virtuosity became urban legend in Paris and New York. Bona played with Afropop stars Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. He toured and recorded with: Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Didier Lockwood, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, ChuchoValdès, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn, Kenny Garrett, Billy Cobham, Queen Latifah, Branford Marsalis și Bobby McFerrin.
He released eight albums — Scenes From My Life (Columbia, 1999), KazeGaKureta Melody (Sony, 2000), Reverence (Columbia Europe, 2001), Munia: The Tale (Verve 2003), Kiki (Decca, 2006), Bona Makes You Sweat (Decca, 2010), The Ten Shades of Blues (Decca, 2010) and Bonafied scheduled for April 2013 release.