Bona Makes You Sweat

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Bona Makes You Sweat
Live album by Richard Bona
Released March 7, 2008
Recorded Summer 2007
A 38 club, Budapest, Hungary
Genre Jazz, world music
Length 66:37
Label Universal Music Jazz France
Producer Richard Bona, Daniel Richard (exec.)
Richard Bona chronology
Bona Makes You Sweat
The Ten Shades of Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bona Makes You Sweat is the first live album by Cameroonian jazz bassist and musician Richard Bona. It was recorded in A 38 club in Budapest, Hungary in 2007,[2] and released on March 7, 2008 through Universal Music Jazz France.[3] The album has charted in France.

"After every concert I’ve ever played, I get people coming up saying they’d love to have a souvenir of the show. That’s the reason I recorded this album – for my fans!," said Bona.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"Bona’s fifth and latest album—his first live recording—further confirms what we already know: Bona is one of the master electric bassists in our midst, not to mention a vocal conjurer with a natural flair, but one who tends to adopt the garb of sweet-spirited, unpretentious entertainer in his role as solo artist. (...) For all his deep-dish musicality and capacity for virtuosity on tap, in his role as a bandleader, Bona likes to keep the party rolling and the material on the simple, celebratory side," wrote Josef Woodard in his review for JazzTimes.[4]

Daniel Lieuze of RFI Musique praised Bona's vocals: "A few tracks on, with the superb Indiscretions & Please Don’t [Stop], Bona stands up there live on stage and proves – lest there should linger even the slightest doubt – that as an instrumentalist he has a voice to rival the great George Benson’s. Bona is intent on showing off the many facets of that vocal timbre on Samaouma, an ‘a cappella’ polyphony which recalls the church songs he performed as a young boy growing up in Minta, his home village in eastern Cameroon."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Richard Bona, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Engingilaye & Ekwa Mwato"     13:24
2. "Kivu" & "Suninga"     8:01
3. "Kalabancoro"   Richard Bona, Salif Keita 5:25
4. "Samaouma"   Marc Berthoumieux, Richard Bon 6:16
5. "O Sen Sen Sen"     6:48
6. "Indiscretions" & "Please Don't Stop"   Joe Zawinul/Richard Bona 8:40
7. "Djombwe" & "I Wish" & "Trains"   Richard Bona/Stevie Wonder/Mike Mainieri 9:50
8. "Te Dikalo"     5:41
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 167


  1. ^ Lieuze, Daniel. "Bona Makes You Sweat - Richard Bona". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Album review - Richard Bona". RFI Musique. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bona Makes You Sweat (Live)". iTunes. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Woodard, Josef (March 2009). "Jazz Reviews: Bona Makes You Sweat Richard Bona". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bona Makes You Sweat - Richard Bona | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Richard Bona – Bona Makes You Sweat - Live". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 8, 2013.