The renowned bassist recognized worldwide is not only a musician, but also a big fish in real estate business in New York, owner of a jazz club in Manhattan, Brazilian coffee producer, ultra-active entrepreneur…etc
In an article in Jeune Afrique that gives pride to the Cameroonian origins of the musician, published on August 4, 2016, the musician is presented in all his facets. Richard Bona will soon release his seventh album, “Heritage“. An album that combines Cuban sounds with delight and Cameroonian sounds. He will release a flamenco album in 2017, a genre where music from North Africa, West Africa and Europe cohabit.
Instead of his rich career, we chose to present his entrepreneurial side, unveiled by the Pan African magazine. For Richard Bona is now considered “as a shark of real estate in New York for seventeen years.” One learns from Jeune Afrique that “he who sells coffee from his Brazilian fazenda (after trying with restaurants – without much success) also has his under his Ninja brand a wide range of products from shoes to amplifiers (Ninja Amplifire).
His club in Manhattan, the Bonafide, topped a ranking of New York jazz clubs established by the site Yelp. This project, Richard Bona wanted to implement it in Cameroon. “But difficult to find trustworthy people. ” This father of two children, the youngest of 17 years is a model at Givenchy, has found a way to give a boost to other artists: a duet with CHARLOTTE DIPANDA, of which he wrote the text, another with Blick Bassy in his latest album.
Richard Bona has held negotiations for the opening of a second Bonafide club on the Seguin Island, near Paris. He is also eyeing the side of Maputo, with the ambition to create a mall. This entrepreneurial fever, contracted from Harry Belafonte, the bassist justifies his desire to continue making music for fun, without pressure, without the stress of album sales, issued by diktats of the record companies.