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Bona performing in 2009
|Birth name||Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo|
October 28, 1967 |
|Genres||Jazz fusion, jazz|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, double bass, percussion, vocals, guitar, balafon|
|Labels||Universal Music, Columbia, Sony, Verve, GRP|
|Associated acts||Pat Metheny Group, Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern|
Richard Bona (born October 28, 1967 in Minta, Cameroon) is a jazz bassist and musician. His actual African name, as he said during a live performance with Bobby McFerrin in Montreal, is Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo.
Bona was born into a family of musicians, which enabled him to start learning music from a young age. His grandfather was a griot – a West African singer of praise and storyteller – and percussionist, and his mother was a singer. At 4 years old, Bona started to play the balafon. At the age of 5, he began performing at his village church. Not being wealthy, Bona made many of his own instruments: including flutes and guitars (with cords strung over an old motorcycle tank).
His talent was quickly noticed, and he was often invited to perform at festivals and ceremonies. Bona began learning to play the guitar at age 11, and in 1980 aged just 13, he assembled his first ensemble for a French jazz club in Douala. The owner befriended him and helped him discover jazz music, in particular that of Jaco Pastorius, which inspired Bona to switch his focus to the electric bass.
In 1995, Richard left France and established himself in New York, where he still lives and works. In New York he played bass guitar with artists like Joe Zawinul, Larry Coryell, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, Bobby McFerrin, and Steve Gadd.
In 1998, Richard was the Musical Director on Harry Belafonte's European Tour.
His debut solo album, Scenes from My Life, was released in 1999. He has also been prominently featured in Jaco Pastorius Big Band albums, as well as many other albums by various top-tier jazz musicians.
In 2002 Bona went on a world tour with the Pat Metheny Group as a percussionist/vocalist.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Scenes from My Life||
|Munia (The Tale)||
|Toto Bona Lokua
(with Gerald Toto and Lokua Kanza)
|The Ten Shades of Blues||
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Bona Makes You Sweat||
|Kaze ga Kureta Melody||
As guest artist
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|An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends||1997||Harry Belafonte|
|Beyond Words||2002||Bobby McFerrin|
|Live in Montreal||2005||Bobby McFerrin|
|Who Let the Cats Out?||2006||Mike Stern|
|All Over the Place||2012||Mike Stern|
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- Peak chart positions in Poland:
- Tiki: "OLiS - sales for the period 03.07.2006 - 09.07.2006". OLiS. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- Bonafied: "OLiS - sales for the period 19.08.2013 - 25.08.2013". OLiS. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Richard Bona | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Gold certification awards". Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Kaze ga Kureta Melody". bonamusic.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Richard Bona - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
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