Richard Bona was born and raised in the West African nation of Cameroon,born October 28, 1967 in Minta, East Cameroon.He is a Jazz musician on international market. going on to session dates with Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter, and Bob James as well as a two-year stint as musical director for the great Harry Belafonte. His style of music is Contemporary JazzGlobal ,JazzAfrican Traditions.
He is a member of Pat Metheny GroupSubmit Corrections. He made his debut as a headliner in 1999 with Scenes from My Life, and two years later Reverence came out. In 2003, Bona made his Verve debut with Munia: The Tale, which explored the territories of rock and jazz while keeping his West African influences, and 2005’s Toto Bona Lokua was a joint effort with Lokua Kanza (from the Congo) and Gerald Toto (from Martinique). In 2006, Tiki, featuring guest artists like John Legend and Djavan, was released.