“Quincy Jones said, ‘Man, this song sounds just like Stevie!’” The Richard Bona song Stevie Wonder turned down

Richard Bona performs during the Grands Prix Sacem 2012 Ceremony at the Casino de Paris, in Paris.
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Aside from his extraordinary flair on the bass guitar, Richard Bona is also gifted with an aptitude for songwriting, which has seen him in high demand to the likes of Pat Metheny, Harry Belafonte, Regina Carter, Mike Stern and Joe Zawinul, who described Bona as ‘one of the great masters of the electric bass.’

Bona has also enjoyed a successful solo career that’s seen him constantly update African styles with his own vibrant musicianship. His 2009 release, The Ten Shades Of Blues, saw the Cameroonian bassist aiming to capture the essence of the blues and surround it with his own unique sound. Alongside members of his long-serving live band, the album also featured special guests, including vocalist Frank McComb, who starred on the song Good Times

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.