Richard Bona won the 2012 SACEM Grand Prix!Watch Video Below
Legendary Cameroonian musician and Jazz bassist Richard Bona is considered by many to be the finest player in the world.
Billboard magazine even went so far as to suggest said that Bona is “the hottest electric bass player since Jaco Pastorius – and the first since that past master with the potential for solo stardom”, while Newsweek asked its readers to “imagine an artist with Jaco Pastorious's virtuosity, George Benson's vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto's sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture."
High praise indeed. But then when you’re born to a family of musicians, inspiration is never far away, even if the proper tools are. As a child growing up in a mud-hut village in the heart of Cameroon, Bona didn’t always have the money to buy the instruments he needed, so a little improv went a long way - one home-made guitar was even fashioned with cords strung over an old motorcycle petrol tank.
At 13 Bona assembled his first Jazz ensemble, and discovering Jaco Pastorius shortly after would move him to switch allegiance to the electric bass. Stints in Germany and France would see him rise to prominence playing in a string of Jazz clubs with such luminaries as Manu Dibango, Didier Lockwood and Salif Keita.
In ’95 Bona relocated to New York, where he lives and works to this day. Just three years later he would become Musical Director on Harry Belafonte’s European tour. High profile gigs have seen Bona work with many of the city’s finest, including Larry Coryell, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Steve Gadd. And as if to come full circle, Bona has featured prominently on many Jaco Pastorious’ Big Band albums and toured extensively with the Pat Metheny Group. When he’s not playing bass you’ll find Bona in his guise as professorship of music at New York University or producing his own compositions – “If Richard Bona could create the soundtrack to his dreams”, waxed the Los Angeles Times, “it would sound a lot like his latest self-produced, Grammy-nominated album, Tiki.”
BONA:“In Cameroon music has to be describing a story,” . “When I was a kid, music was not music to us unless there was a beautiful story behind it. That’s my background. That’s still where I live. Even when people don’t understand the language, they can feel what’s happening. The sounds of the words and the music tell the story. And the stories of people’s lives are the same, work and love and struggle and happiness, all over the world.”
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Richard Bona wins the 2012 SACEM Grand Prix
The "N-Word" hit maker jumped on his Twitter page to announce his next music move when he posted this:
"Me and the bro @StanleyEnow cooking!"
The untitled song is still in the works but this could be the perfect opportunity for the Nigerian rap star to penetrate the French African market.
So, a new song with a Cameroonian rap king is totally on the right track
By Rita Akana in Douala
An allegation of an existing prostitution racket has been made against the General Manager of S’tyle Agency Company, Madam Marie Christine Molu who is now being investigated by the Douala police force. S’tyle Agency, a company that recruits air hostesses for Camair-Co is now fighting for its survival following media reports that many of the young Cameroonian girls popularly referred to as “Mannequin” are being use for sex trade both in Cameroon and abroad.
Police sources in Douala told Cameroon Concord that preliminary investigation has found out that Marie Christine Molu Njapndounke lives a lifestyle reserved only for CEOs of major Cameroonian State owned companies. She is reported to be paying her mannequin girls most of them university graduates the sum of 40,000 FRS CFA monthly but sponsors her daughter at the London Business School.
When police raided the parking lodge of her company in Douala recently, they found a convoy of cars among them a luxurious Nissan Juke and a Lexus RX 300. Madam Marie Christine lives in an apartment worth seven hundred thousand CFA a month and her actual salary noted a police spokesman is three hundred thousand CFA.
She has also been accused of arranging contract marriages for the young Cameroonian girls and European clients for which she collects a handsome fee.
Rita Akana in Yaounde
Thousands of music fans had filled the Palais Des Sports Arena in Yaounde to watch Nigerian Music icon Davido and DJ Arafat in a live show slated for today the 18th of August 2014 before the Nigerian star tweeted from Lagos, Nigeria that he will no longer be available for the show due to travel restrictions put in place by the Cameroon government in its efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
DJ Arafat from the Ivory Coast is the only star to go on stage tonight. Said Davido “I will not be in Yaounde today for the show with my fans because of travel bans caused by the outbreak of the Ebola virus. I hope the organizers will reschedule another show soonest for me to meet my fans in Cameroon”.
One of the most publicized Cameroon music group in modern history, X-Maleya has announced a musical concert on the 14th of September 2014 to be hosted in the oldest music hall in French history-Olympia de Paris.
A series of French television channels have reported that X-Maleya is the first Cameroonian boy band to ever perform in the mystic Olympia. The young lads; Roger Samming, Auguste Rim and Hais Zaite will on the 14th of September join the likes of legendary Cameroonian solo artists Anne Maries Ndzie, Manu Dibango, Yannich Noah, Richard Bona, Georges Seba and Elvis Kemayo who have all performed at the historic Olympia de Paris.