11 June 2019, 09:12

Richard Bona

The new “Flamenco Project” by Richard Bona took shape between Madrid and Barcelona and was inspired by a concert of Paco De Lucia. Faithful to his vision of music, which aims to overcome the limits of codified genres, Richard Bona with Bona de la Fronteira blends African rhythms with Andalusian traditions to imagine a “new […]
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The new “Flamenco Project” by Richard Bona took shape between Madrid and Barcelona and was inspired by a concert of Paco De Lucia. Faithful to his vision of music, which aims to overcome the limits of codified genres, Richard Bona with Bona de la Fronteira blends African rhythms with Andalusian traditions to imagine a “new flamenco”. With him is a band of the highest level in which Antonio Rey from Madrid, considered the new star of the Guitarra Flamenca, stands out.

Richard Bona, singer, bassist and composer, has been called “the African Sting”. Born in Camerun and following in his father’s footsteps (his father was a griot, a sort of story-teller from West Africa) he first moved to Germany, then to Paris and finally to New York. Here he collaborated with artists such as George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Joe Zawinul. According to the Los Angeles Times, in him merge the virtuosity of Jaco Pastorious, the vocal fluidity of George Benson, the sense of the harmony of Joao Gilberto, all mixed up with African culture.