10 minutes of pure musical bliss. That’s what this video has to give. This improvisation between Bobby McFerrin and Richard Bona has to be heard to be believed. If you’re not familiar with Bobby McFerrin, he’s a ten-time Grammy Award winner with a voice that’s truly out of this world. His unique skills, fluidity, and even overtone singing give him a totally unusual and breath-taking sound. Richard Bona is an equally talented, Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist born in Cameroon, who has traveled the world sharing his astounding talent both through performance and teaching. Together, the two are an unstoppable force.
There are moments in this that have the audience in silent awe. There are other moments that are so playful and care-free that the audience erupts in laughter. Watching the two men interact and feed off of each other’s immense talent is a sight to behold. I don’t care if you’re a jazz aficionado, a music lover, or just someone who appreciates something special when they hear it. This is a video that you need to hear to believe.
You can watch the whole thing here:
These two talents are just beyond belief. And what they create when they come together is something truly special. It’s impossible not to be mesmerized by way that they are able to incorporate their bodies and make such a range of sound. This video is taken from part of a larger concert of McFerrin live in Montreal. If you have some time on your hands, I would recommend checking out the whole thing. You see him pair with different guests— each of whom brings out a new and different part of his amazing gift. There are some moments in music that are beyond special… and we’re so lucky that this one was caught on film.