Bassist, singer and composer Richard Bona was born in Minta, Cameroon. Appreciated for both his versatility and virtuosity, the African started out as a session man for the likes of Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter and Harry Belafonte - under whom he served as artistic director for two years. Bona delivered his first solo recording in 1999: Scenes from My Life blended light jazz grooves with West-African rhythms. Released four years later, his first Verve effort, Munia : The Tale added Brazilian, funk and rock influences to the mix. For the acclaimed Tiki (2006), he summoned a host of distinguished guests, among them singer John Legend and guitarist Mike Stern. The Ten Shades of Blues came out in 2009. In 2010, Richard Bona became the 7th recipient of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. Bonafied came out three years later.