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Video Interview with Richard Bona

Richard Bona to Release Heritage with Afro-Cuban Band Mandekan Cubano

In this issue, we had the opportunity to sit down with Richard Bona, who is celebrating the release of his new album, Heritage (physical U.S. release Sept. 16th), with a September tour of the U.S.

Bona’s latest album, Heritage, his eighth, is the first with the Afro-Cuban band “Mandekan Cubano.” This album traces the roots of Cuban music back to their origins in the Mandekan empire of the 15th century and earlier, before the slave trade and colonization split Sundiata’s unified kingdom into so many parts.  The music explores the alchemy of African rhythms in Cuba.

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