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Ten Shades of Blues [Import]

Richard Bona Audio CD
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When Richard Bona's new album Ten Shades Of Blues appears this autumn, ten years will have gone by since his first project, Scenes From My Life (released in 1999), a whole decade. In the case of Cameroonian bassist and singer Richard Bona, it's not so easy to condense a decade into just a few short lines because the man is such a multiple character, with many lives impelled by his ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Bona Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emarr
  • ASIN: B002FBB2HM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Shiva Mantra [feat. Nandini Srikar & Shankar Mahadevan] 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Good Times [feat. Frank MC Comb] 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. M'Bemba Mama 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kurumalete 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Souleymane 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. African Cowboy 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Esukudu 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Yara's Blues 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sona Moyo 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Camer Secrets 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

As writer Amiri Baraka once said: “Blues playing is the closest imitation of the human voice of any music I’ve heard”. By the same token Richard Bona’s new release, tracing a vestige of the genre in different world cultures, reiterates the same concept: wherever there is humanity, there is the blues.

This album is not some philological essay on the blues scale as its title might suggest, rather a journey revolving around the blues perceived as ‘a feeling’. Under such auspices he gathers worldwide musicians to help shape his signature fusion of musical heritages: this time from India, his native Cameroon and adoptive US.

The geography of Bona’s inspiration is not new. John Coltrane looked to Africa and India to build a vocabulary beyond the western notational discourse, closer to his need for vocalised expression – which makes jazz so deeply indebted to blues. Joe Zawinul (with whom Bona collaborated during the Syndicate years, and to whom this project is in part indebted) played a pioneering role in fusing elements of jazz and worldwide music.

Each tune breeds a carnival of musical quotations. Gluing it all together is Bona’s silky, deeply intense voice – centre stage from the start in the a cappella opener Take One – and his talent as bassist and multi instrumentalist.

Shiva Mantra, an Indian born and bred track, is lightly infused with African and bluesy insertions. Kurumalete is perhaps the tune that owes most to Zawinul, both timbre wise and through its hectic rollercoaster of cultural quotations, while with African Cowboy Bona is back to a closer offspring of the pentatonic scale, country music. It’s an African rendition, Bona singing in Duala, perhaps to remind us that the banjo, after all, comes from the ngoni lute. The only traditionally recognisable blues number on the whole album is Yara’s Blues.

Above all, the Motherland is still the real protagonist, as a direct influence (Souleymane, Sona Moyo, Camer Secrets) and in Bona’s native Duala. Like with Bona’s previous releases Tiki and Munia: The Tale, The Ten Shades of Blues is a boundary-crashing work, perfectly packaged and enormously enjoyable. --Lara Bellini

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3.0 out of 5 stars Coasting? 26 Oct 2012
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I got the sense that Bona was coasting a bit here. He is such a talent and Shiva Mantra and Good TImes featuring Frank McComb hit the mark. But a lot of others are slightly bland--definitely avoid African Cowboy. Richard's skills on synth and drums are not quite a match for his vocal and bass prowess (and even the latter is not heard much) based on this outing. If this is your first Bona, go for Tiki. But keep checking out what he does next and try to see him live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 13 Aug 2013
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I discovered this musician quite by chance when one of his tracks was played at my aerobics class. He is a great bass player and the music is terriffic. Not to everyone's taste, I imagine but I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bona the "Cameleon" 12 Nov 2010
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This guys is just a multifaceted artist, composer, singer and if you love music then you should be happy getting any Bona's Cd. Those who want to live in a bubble and spend their time trying to see in Richard Bona only a Jazz musician, should probably stay away or best, open up a little and enjoy life. It is like asking people to look the same while there is enough world out there to explore.
Richard Bona is an Artist and he immerses himself in worldly influences. You heard him in Brazil in the last album, in the 10 shades, he brings you to India and the notion of Orientalism of Edward Said as a dream and imagination flowing takes all its meaning here. So let your soul travel while sipping your favorite cup of tea, chocolate or telling your date how much you enjoy your time Please listen to the like country song No 9 I think. How about the 2?
Invitation au Voyage will be how I describe this album and the last one. So yes travel please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool! 4 July 2010
By Kirtiwan D. Morarji - Published on
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Richard is wonderful! Sadly, i have never had the opportunity to see him live, but I have many recordings of his. This one is great, but I need more listening time to determine where it places in the general scheme of things. What I have heard so far is brilliant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bona stands among the greats 12 Feb 2014
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The album is great, but that goes without saying, since it is Richard Bona. His bass playing is unsurpassed, as is his singing. Richard played with Joe Zawinul. Nuff said.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Packaging Job! 9 Sep 2013
By Lisa - Published on
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Great packaging. Arrived in perfect order. I love it and purchased it for my husband who is a Richard Bona fanatic!! Very satisfied. Good job guys!! Haven't told him I bought it! Its a surprise .....I know he is gonna flip when he sees it! Thanks guys!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bona is a musical genius! 7 Mar 2013
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All of his music is GREAT & this is no exception. This one has a few flavors of India here & there, but the rest is classic Bona. He is a nice mix of jazz & soul with Cameroon vibes throughout, very nice, always calming then energizing! Richard Bona RULES!!!
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