Richard Bona is a Grammy-winning musician, one of the most accomplished international bass players, with a distinctive sound in which he implements his multi-instrumentalist and vocal gifts. Representing his African origins Bona’s music addresses the continents’ issues as well as other global struggles. His purpose, and the unique way he connects with his audience has turned him into a staple name in world jazz.
Bona has toured, recorded, and created musical forms of art with the greatest: Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte, Steps Ahead, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesária Évora, Sting, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Chucho Valdés, George Benson and many more. Along with the diverse notable collaborations Richard has also taught Jazz Improvisation at NYU and is continuously teaching and mentoring young talents throughout the world.
Alongside his management – Quincy Jones Productions – he is highly involved in developing better music business practices and ethics. His Signature Series collaboration with Italian-based brand Markbass has positioned him as one of the most creative and best-selling bass amp and bass guitar tailor-made manufacturers on a global scale.
Constantly touring around the world and exploring new musical directions, Richard Bona continues to redefine his sound, while still performing live with his big band and jazz projects, as well as with his Afro-Cuban Mandekan Cubano band. He’s currently working on new Afrobeats, Flamenco and Latin Jazz projects throughout Europe and the US.
- Golden Melody Award for Best Instrumental Recording Album – Sedar (China – 2017)
- The Bonafied album certified Gold (Poland – 2013)
- The SACEM Jazz Grand Prize (Grand Prix Jazz SACEM) (2012)
- Honoree of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Montreal International Jazz Festival (2010)
- Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album – Tiki (2006)
- Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance – As It Is (2002)
- Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album – Speaking Of Now (2002)