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Mbilia Bel

Mbilia Bel's career took off in the mid-'80s when she sang alongside Tabu Ley on a number of recordings and tours, also recording solo albums at the same time. After her first child was born, she took some time off and decided to part company with Ley, making one last album with him in 1987. She moved to Paris and hooked up with guitarist Rigo Star, who composed and arranged much of her material. Most of her lyrics revolve around themes of adult love, which has proven controversial on some occasions. She toured the U.S., U.K., and West Africa from 1989 to 1990, drawing enthusiastic crowds. More recently, she has taken to experimenting within the traditional rumba/soukous framework, mixing in rap and other elements, with mixed results. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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I love your voice Bel
kingsleymcmd
Bel is the Best. Her only recording I don't have is the one she hasn't recorded. It will be nice to record once more with Ley . Listening to her you can feel the chemistry she has with the band. Afrissa to me is the best band ever put together on planet earth..... Of course Mother Africa. Ley must not let his brand of Congo music die. Meme. 30 backing up another beautiful phenomenal singer, Tshala Muana, comes very close.
A true African Godess of music
African music is the source of my happiness with out I don't exist.
Love her music even know that i dont understand it!! Us in cartagena colombia love african music. It's so peacefull we love you mbilia
cshyn
Is this lingali language .
Miss those good old days.i remember listening to all her music growing up in Kenya.u didn't have to understand the words,just dance to the rhythm.
Beautiful melody. It is a shame that a lot of our young artists today can only copy styles from other countries.
That is very true life was graet then and music music
This music takes me back to those years when life was so wonderful and the outside world had not invaded our sphere. In Sierra Leone we danced to all the songs from Africa regardless of language and country of origin. I feel so sad for our kids who do not know what Africa was all about in those days. Thanks for the songs that bring such wonderful memories.
With mbilia bel I don't think there could any colorful rumba dance. I grew up always dancing the best rythium of mama Bel.
Mom used to listen to her everyday but now we are together anymore.....
So my point is that I start listening to her so it can remind me of my mother <3
Love her voice
Her songs colored my childhood and always remind me of home. She's a classic!
wonderful music
What a riotous time the 80s were and growing up to the sounds of Franco and T.P. O.K Jazz, Sam Mangwana, Tabu Ley and of course the Queen herself, Mbilia Abel! Life was simple and growing up was and experience worth going through especially with the intoxicated environment of melodious African tunes. Yeah, what a period, what a time!
Pandora connects me with my beloved Africa
manoloportel a
EXELENTE MUSICA DESDE PUERTO RICO
@She is awesome !!!! My mum (R.I.P) loved all her songs.....
i love this music what language is that
I remember my father when I play her
this song bring up childhood memories
cette dame nous faisait dancer sur ses belles melodies dans les annees 80-90
jo241309
que belle voix!
kabeshi
The good thing about African music is that, no matter what language the song is sung, rarely you find profanity. usually it is story being told.
Me too...
ntigey
I don't understand what she is saying but I love the music.. Ciao
What memories...

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