Richard Bona has been recognized as one of the planet's five revelations of the past decade. A complete artist, an absolute master of his art, and a melodist of rare elegance and sensuality, hes also a poignant singer, and a member of that exclusive club, "the worlds best bassists.
For the past fifteen years, Richard Bona, dubbed The African Sting, has been displaying his smile, humour, serenity and grace wherever hes travelled. His first two albums revealed a wonderful storyteller, a surprising musician, and a spellbinding vocalist. His unique style is situated at the crossroads of a horde of influences - jazz, bossa nova, pop music, afro-beat, traditional song, and funk.
Munia, the title of his third CD, actually means tale in the Douala language (part of the Bantu group, one of the 220 dialects spoken in the Cameroon.) Theres a contained emotion, unsettling charm, soft magic, and keen, blinding flashes to be found on the program of this elegant, crossbreed record whose release, due on September 30th, will be followed by a European tour that includes a concert on November 5th at La Cigale in Paris.
- Reprinted from: vervemusicgroup.com
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