Munia: The Tale

Munia: The Tale

by Richard Bona
     
 
Yet another of Harry Belafonte's protégés who later made a big name for himself, Cameroon's Richard Bona takes time out from his ace session bass life to make another remarkably versatile, impeccably polished solo album, Munia: The Tale, his first on Verve. While Bona allows rock, jazz, funk, and Brazilian influences through the

Overview

Yet another of Harry Belafonte's protégés who later made a big name for himself, Cameroon's Richard Bona takes time out from his ace session bass life to make another remarkably versatile, impeccably polished solo album, Munia: The Tale, his first on Verve. While Bona allows rock, jazz, funk, and Brazilian influences through the window, the melodies and rhythmic patterns are still strongly rooted in West Africa, always permeating the atmosphere. On some of the tracks, Bona needs no help at all to make an impression, layering on his vocals over his bass, guitars, keyboards, and percussion in an exquisitely controlled one-man show. He often does so with the subtle shading and dabs of color of a pianter, like the gentle Moog lines that seep into the background of "Dina Lam." Indeed, "Munia" opens with a cleverly titled a cappella incantation "Bonatology" -- featuring no other voices than those of Bona. And when he gets one of those revolving Afrobeat grooves going -- with irresistible results on "Couscous" -- you wish the track would never end. Yet Bona also doesn't mind playing a supporting role, laying back on bass as Miles Davis alumnus Kenny Garrett offers up some soulful soprano sax on the now-contemplative, now-complex Miles tribute "Painting a Wish." Salif Keita adds his impassioned, keening vocals to "Kalabancoro," and Romero Lubambo's acoustic guitar gives "Bona Petit" (another self-referential title) a lot of its Brazilian flavor. Bona the virtuoso doesn't try to dazzle you with his technique; instead, he seduces you with his music's glossy finish and peacefully insistent rhythms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498010938
catalogNumber:
000106402

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Bona   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Vocoder,Piccolo Bass
Salif Keita   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
George Colligan   Piano
Kenny Garrett   Soprano Saxophone
Aaron Heick   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
George Whitty   Piano,Keyboards
Julia Saar   Vocals
A.T.N.   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Andrew Lippman   Trombone
Nathaniel Townsley   Drums
Chris Young   Electric Guitar
Todd Horton   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Valerie Belinga   Vocals
Coco Mbassi   Vocals
Caresse Bollanga   Children's Voices
Fred Yves Bollanga   Children's Voices
Magali Kervarec   Children's Voices
Agnes Kervarec   Children's Voices
Gilmar Gomes   Percussion

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   Composer
A.T.N.   Programming
Etienne Stadwijk   Composer
Richard Bona   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Koudou Athanase   Engineer
Marie Carette   Artwork
Tom Sheck   Engineer

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