Quincy Jones presents Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano on Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401. Richard Bona and his Mandekan Cubano ensemble, a sextet devoted to reappraising Africa’s influence on Cuban rhythms, have carefully crafted a fusion of sounds, which merge cultures together through their ability to speak the universal language of music. Fans call Richard Bona “The African Sting,” critics call him a pro, but it’s his unique and electrifying style of connecting with his audience that titles him what he really is—a true musician. Richard Bona’s seemingly effortless voice, fierce skills on the bass, unique songwriting/arranging expertise and ability to learn just about any instrument simply from watching, position him as a rare African artist to have established an unscalable reputation on an international platform. All About Jazz said of Bona’s latest release, Heritage, “Bona continues to evolve his unique craft of storytelling enhanced by his virtuosity on bass. This foray into Afro-Cuban music expands upon his repertoire and reputation of defying genre categorization, and exhibits what a perfect collaboration should sound like.” Downbeat said, “Wanting to explore the connections between jazz, Cuban and African music, Bona put together Mandekan Cubano with five like-minded compatriots. The result is another outing with the loose feel of an improvised session. The playing is energetic. Mandekan Cubano plays with an understated virtuosity, their laidback grooves carrying you forward with supple, elastic brilliance. Thee music explores the interlocking rhythms of Cuba and Africa, as well as ensemble pieces that show off the band’s expertise.” Jazz and Blues at The Broad Stage made possible by a generous gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall. Tickets start at $50, however, they are subject to change. You can purchase tickets in person, beginning three hours prior to performance. For more information visit, www.thebroadstage.org or call box office at (310) 434-3200. Parking will be free.