Munia: The Tale

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498010938
  • Catalog Number: 000106402
  • Sales rank: 122,097

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonatology (Incantation) (1:42)
  2. 2 Kalabancoro (4:06)
  3. 3 Sona Mama (4:32)
  4. 4 Painting a Wish (5:51)
  5. 5 Engingilaye (4:45)
  6. 6 Dina Lam (Incantation) (5:29)
  7. 7 Balemba Na Bwemba (5:03)
  8. 8 Muto Bye Bye (6:03)
  9. 9 Bona Petit (4:50)
  10. 10 Couscous (3:29)
  11. 11 Playground (6:31)
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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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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