Bassist/vocalist RICHARD BONA, born and raised in Cameroon, arrived in New York in the mid-’90s and wowed crowds with his unique sound and presence. Some even outrageously hinted that Bona was the second coming of Jaco Pastorius. But even though he recorded with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band project, he soon rebuffed the comparisons and showed his own true voice with his impressive Scenes From My Life debut album in 1999.
The year earlier he was enlisted to be the musical director for Harry Belafonte’s European tour and in 2002 toured the world as a member of the Pat Metheny Group.
Originally from Cameroon, Bona remains true to his roots, with African rhythms reflected in each of his seven albums. With numerous awards, performances, and years of expertise, Bona has become one of the most accomplished and sought-after musicians of this generation. Receiving the prestigious Victoires du Jazz Award for “Best International Artist of 2004;” confirmed his ability to appeal to a multitude of audiences ranging from jazz, pop, bossa nova, traditional, afro-beat and funk.
“Imagine an artist with Jaco Pastorious’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
Richard Bona (bass/vocal), Ludwig Afonso (drums), Eli Menezes (guitar), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Isamu McGregor (keyboards)