Opening Night Recap From Richard Bona's Club Bonafide Performance

A quick recap from Richard Bona's opening night of club Bonafide

On September 10th, 2015 Richard Bona opened the doors of his new music venue Club Bonafide in New York City and kicked it off with two amazing sets with his quintet. 

Club Bonafide is an intimate listening room with seating of 75 with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and a separate bar area, with a bar menu consisting primarily of products sourced from local businesses in the New York City area.

Bass Player's very own Chris Jisi was there for opening night, and this is what he reported:

Excellent set by Richard Bona and his quintet last night at Richard's new Club Bonafied, on East 52nd St in NYC.

Encouraged by his band and the crowd, Richard strapped on his fretless for rousing run through Jaco's "Three Views of a Secret."

Richard's Fodera Monarch Standard fretless 4-string, (posed in front of guitarist Adam Stoler's pedalboard).

Richard's pedalboard, including his Cajon GM Multi-Shaker electronic percussion pedal.

Richard's Signature Fodera Imperial 5-string in front of his Markbass Little Mark Tube head and Standard 104HR cabinet.

For more information visit: Club Bonafide


Richard Bona: The Ten Shades of Blues [Decca]

The blues in the title of Richard Bona’s sixth solo effort refers more to the key notes in the folk music of all cultures that reach people’s hearts than to 12-bar progressions or lamenting lyrics. In his pursuit of this ethic, Bona undertakes his most ambitious merger of world music elements, yet the rewarding result is his most cohesive disc to date. Credit this to the Cameroon native’s ability to harness his considerable skills as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, orchestrator, and storyteller in service of the song. While on the surface this means neither bass solos nor big-name jazz guests, the quality is layers deep if the ears are willing. “Shiva Mantra,” recorded in Bombay, combines Indian instrumentation and incantation with powerful vocal hooks blanketed in warm fretless support. “African Cowboy” is an astute alliance of afrobeat and a bright country two-feel with prominent banjo and fiddle. A pair of elegant ballads, “M’Bemba Mam