Richard Bona on his journey

CAMEROONIAN Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Richard Bona believes music is played to celebrate life. PICTURE: MESHACK MWANGI

RICHARD Bona arrived in New York on June 17, 1995 as a young man with US$420 in his pocket and no place to go. He had no-one waiting for him either.
He found himself on 117th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and said to himself: “Where do you go now, Richard Bona?”
For two hours he was checking out hotels in downtown New York and finally decided they were too expensive.
Instead, he found some cheap hotel in Harlem and that’s where everything took off. But, he insists, he started with no fear and two weeks after, he became Harry Belafonte’s musical director.
When Belafonte first called him, Bona didn’t even know who he was. It was the late Jake Holmes who gave Belafonte his number.
Holmes was a great writer and wrote for artistes like Frank Sinatra.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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