Richard Bona

“Imagine an artist with Jaco Pastorius’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture!” That, said the Los Angeles Times, is what you get from Cameroonian bass virtuoso Richard Bona, nicknamed ‘The African Sting’ by his fans. On his arrival in Europe and New York he rapidly established a world-wide reputation for his virtuosity on the bass and his unique musical style that draws from jazz, afro-beat, bossa nova, pop music and funk, all interlaced with the rhythms and sounds of his home country. He has performed or recorded with jazz luminaries as varied as Harry Belafonte, Joe Zawinul, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Bobby McFerrin and has played in many of jazz’s most prestigious festivals and venues around the world, earning numerous accolades and prizes. Hailing originally from a small village in central Cameroon, Bona began exploring soundscapes at an early age by constructing his own flutes and guitars from materials found at home, and this fascination with all forms of music-making are clear in his dexterity across a range of instruments, combined with an enormous and sensitive vocal range. He is, though, essentially a musical story-teller connecting directly and intensely with his audience. In this solo recording made uniquely for the Makhanda audience, he shares his talents with us, reaching through a world-wide pandemic to touch his fellow Africans.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59



Richard Bona (vocal, guitar, bass, percussion – CM)