Fans call him “The African Sting,” critics call him a pro, but it’s his unique and electrifying style of connecting with his audience that titles him what he really is a true musician. Richard Bona’s seemingly effortless voice, fierce skills on the bass, unique songwriting/arranging expertise and ability to learn just about any instrument simply from watching, position him as a rare African artist to have established an unscalable reputation on an international platform.
Originally from Cameroon, Bona remains true to his roots, with African rhythms reflected in each of his seven albums; the first three, “Scenes from My Life”, “Reverence” and “Munia” display his unique approach to storytelling through sounds. Seeking inspiration from his origins, the themes of Bona’s albums address international issues which mirror his desire of using music to take a stance on issues affecting the oppressed. As an artist with a purpose, he expanded into new musical territories and teamed up with Congolese star, Lokua Kanza and Antillais singer/composer Gerald Toto to create the 2004 collective, “Toto, Bona, Lokua” on which Bona wrote four tracks.
On the piano, a master from Cuba, classically educated at the Havana conservatory, Alfredo Rodriguez, who has grown from a young Cuban musician into an internationally recognized artist over the past decade, as confirmed by the GRAMMY nomination. The men met years ago, but in the studio they only played with each other on the album Tocororo produced by Quincy Jones. They recorded two songs together, but they promised each other a reunion and a joint project.
Drummer and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, who has already played with artists of this measure, as diverse and brave as Sting, Wynton Marsalis and Bruce Springsteen, join them.
Richard Bona, Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez: we are facing the premiere project of three stunning virtuosos, the final experience of Afro-Cuban music.