Richard Bona is an absolute master, with a distinctive and unique style that has helped him earn a reputation as one of the world’s best bassists.

Born in Cameroon before moving to New York, the Grammy-winning singer, bassist, composer, arranger and producer has worked with the likes of John Legend, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny and Bobby McFerrin.

He has also released eight albums of his own, establishing himself as a singer-songwriter with a singular voice. His Afro-Caribbean project Toto Bona Lokua and his Afro-Cuban project Mandekan Cubano weave together disparate roots, alchemizing ancient traditions into surprising new forms.

Bona joined us to share some stories from his impressive career.