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The Ten Shades of Blues - Richard Bona

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2178

The Ten Shades of Blues

The Ten Shades of Blues


Richard Bona is fascinated by the universality of music.

His new album takes musicians from a startling range of countries and backgrounds blended into a smooth, coherent sound.

He is tracing echoes of the blues. Others have already combined blues and West African music, but here jazz and blues also mix with Indian and country.

Bona is a bassist from Cameroon in West Africa but his soft intense voice is the only instrument on the album’s first track.

He has played with musicians as diverse as Salif Keita, Harry Belafonte and Joe Zawinul.

Thankfully Bona avoids the mismatched sludge of clashing styles that blights much “world music”.

The album becomes more powerful with repeated plays as the subtleties of the interactions between musicians and styles are revealed.

The Ten Shades of Blues
Richard Bona
Wrasse records


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