RICHARD BONA/Heritage: One of those Cameroon cats that steps up to mic and makes amazing records that draws an amazing bunch of rocker to his side, album 8 keeps the string going. This time out he explores the Cuban roots of Afro Cuban sounds and pulls his voice, playing and writing smartly together for a set that blows you away even if you have no idea what he's singing about. Merrily and delightfully indigenous in the best possible way for gringos, this set is so engaging and warm that it gets hard to put it down. Mastering the art of continental and genre mash up and serving it up as a killer salmagundi, Bona is a winner throughout powered by heart and smarts that are hard to top. Killer stuff whether hipster or armchair traveler.