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Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona

He’s known as “The African Sting,” and people compare his style, approach and flair of the electric bass to Jaco Pastorius. If there’s one word that best describes Richard Bona it is: artist. The Cameroon native blends elements of African rhythms with jazz, rock, and pop. He has played with guitarist Mike Stern and Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. That’s not...

Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town
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Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town

Here’s an incredible fan shot video of Richard Bona and Raul Midon performing Jaco’s “Teen Town” live in Tokyo in 2013. In addition to nailing the tune, Bona and Midon trade some pretty sick solos.

Your Top 10 Bass Albums
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Your Top 10 Bass Albums

Q: I’m curious. What are your top 10 bass albums. What albums do you think everybody should hear? A: I hesitated to answer this because of the inherently subjective nature of the question. My top 10 albums are not likely to coincide with yours, but I ultimately decided that for that reason alone, I should answer the question! Maybe I’ll...

Richard Bona Releases Afro-Cuban Album
New Albums

Richard Bona Releases Afro-Cuban Album

Renowned bassist/vocalist/composer Richard Bona, originally from Cameroon and known to some fans as “The African Sting,” has released an album with his Afro-Cuban project Mandekan Cubano. The album, Heritage, is his first studio release since 2013’s Bonafied. Heritage explores the music, dance, rituals, and oral history of Cuba, and the established themes in Bona’s art – using music to address...

Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available
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Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

Jaco Pastorius’ music, as played in the past and closer to the present, are the focus of Now & Then, the two-CD import set from the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. The first disc of the Japanese import is the “Then” part of the package, featuring previously unreleased takes from Jaco’s 1981 “Birthday Concert.” The second disc is primarily culled from...

Richard Bona: Live Bass Solo
Bass Videos

Richard Bona: Live Bass Solo

Here’s a great clip of Richard Bona performing a live bass solo. So tasty. I love saxophonist Stefano di Battista’s reaction to his playing throughout.

Markbass Announces New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature Bass Cabinet
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Markbass Announces New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature Bass Cabinet

Markbass and Richard Bona have teamed up again to release the New York 122 Ninja Richard Bona Signature bass cabinet. Featuring a pair of 12-inch custom speakers and a new 1.25-inch compression driver, the cab is rated at 800 watts RMS for medium or large gigs. It differs from the company’s existing New York 122 cabinet by having an 8...

Richard Bona and MonoNeon: Engingilaye
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Richard Bona and MonoNeon: Engingilaye

One of the best parts about social media is the spread of great art and inspiration. Bassist Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas has a knack for harnessing that inspiration into new creations by taking existing videos and adding his own bass line to them to put a new spin or idea on the original. Here’s a great clip he took of Richard...

Bass Players to Know: Richard Bona
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players to Know: Richard Bona

While the past few Bass Players to Know columns have focused on blues, rock, and soul of the US and UK, it’s about time we discover what the rest of the world has to offer. Whenever I think about “world music,” or the sounds, styles, and instruments of different cultures, I frequently stumble upon records featuring Richard Bona. His playing...

Richard Bona: Live at Safaricom International Jazz Festival 2014
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Richard Bona: Live at Safaricom International Jazz Festival 2014

We’re celebrating the birthday of Richard Bona today at No Treble HQ, and this video is just perfect for it. So upbeat, so impressive… and like everything Mr. Bona does – so musical. Enjoy this live performance, filmed during the 2014 Safaricom International Jazz Festival. Happy birthday, Richard!