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Whatever convinced Bona and his band to make a fleeting visit to Lebanon this summer, it seems hard to imagine this international star has played another venue as stunning.A jazz virgin, this reviewer was slightly skeptical of being able to review Bona's performance.At one point, when Bona stopped between songs to talk to the audience, the call to prayer trickled in from several directions.These melded into each other, from smooth to funky interludes, salsa beats and bluegrass notes, laced with Bona's gently mournful lyrics.Certain songs left space for impressive electric guitar and trumpet solos and, of course, for Bona to enrapture the crowd with his six-string bass soliloquys. It was a loop station, allowing Bona to record small sections of music live, a cappella, and then layer them on top of one another, creating percussion, backing singers, strings and vocals.It was music to dance to, and the heavy beats and soulful tunes did make it frustrating to remain seated for over an hour.Richard Bona and his band most certainly helped cement the festival as one with no intentions of disappearing any time soon.
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