It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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
full bio

Comments

Report as inappropriate
That's what you call the definition of music.your truly blessed. Talented woman.
Report as inappropriate
One of geatest female African artist, If not the the greatest!
Report as inappropriate
Total nostalgia when I hear this. ....cool watering holes aka Nairobi
Report as inappropriate
Awesome. My mom played her songs always.afew years ago I met mbilia in nakurmatt nairobi. Noone even noticed her.very suprising but I did.
Report as inappropriate
estifilboudo
Love it
Report as inappropriate
Quelle belle voix.
Report as inappropriate
Nice one mama.
Report as inappropriate
I love your voice Bel
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
A true African Godess of music
Report as inappropriate
African music is the source of my happiness with out I don't exist.
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
cshyn
Is this lingali language .
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
Beautiful melody. It is a shame that a lot of our young artists today can only copy styles from other countries.
Report as inappropriate
That is very true life was graet then and music music
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
With mbilia bel I don't think there could any colorful rumba dance. I grew up always dancing the best rythium of mama Bel.
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
Love her voice
Report as inappropriate
Her songs colored my childhood and always remind me of home. She's a classic!
Report as inappropriate
wonderful music
Report as inappropriate
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!
Report as inappropriate
Pandora connects me with my beloved Africa
Report as inappropriate
manoloportel a
EXELENTE MUSICA DESDE PUERTO RICO
Report as inappropriate
@She is awesome !!!! My mum (R.I.P) loved all her songs.....
Report as inappropriate
i love this music what language is that
Report as inappropriate
I remember my father when I play her
Report as inappropriate
this song bring up childhood memories
Report as inappropriate
cette dame nous faisait dancer sur ses belles melodies dans les annees 80-90
Report as inappropriate
jo241309
que belle voix!
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
Me too...
Report as inappropriate
ntigey
I don't understand what she is saying but I love the music.. Ciao
Report as inappropriate
What memories...

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[114, 114, 108, 120, 81, 90, 125, 118, 115, 105, 67, 124, 89, 106, 101, 93, 99, 78, 90, 115, 100, 92, 69, 117, 120, 112, 69, 122, 127, 108, 81, 116, 124, 73, 88, 116, 90, 124, 81, 120, 90, 85, 66, 115, 79, 74, 116, 70, 83, 111, 106, 83, 84, 98, 96, 74, 124, 104, 94, 99, 86, 79, 90, 87, 105, 81, 113, 112, 74, 114, 120, 122, 67, 122, 127, 102, 110, 98, 79, 112, 118, 116, 89, 109, 105, 120, 104, 127, 96, 119, 120, 121, 122, 121, 72, 68, 124, 100, 87, 70, 77, 84, 102, 89, 98, 121, 95, 86, 67, 87, 75, 67, 112, 99, 74, 73, 80, 100, 96, 68, 112, 89, 97, 81, 100, 86, 114, 102, 97, 92, 103, 88, 126, 77, 127, 126, 80, 74, 89, 97, 88, 96, 123, 91, 122, 83, 109, 106, 106, 112, 65, 93, 113, 75, 84, 69, 72, 75, 119, 101, 116, 76, 102, 73, 80, 98, 67, 94, 125, 97, 96, 100, 116, 68, 92, 92, 113, 116, 80, 106, 68, 77, 93, 119, 74, 84, 74, 111, 69, 111, 108, 113, 107, 69, 77, 115, 82, 102, 106, 73, 80, 117, 100, 65, 68, 126, 83, 113, 94, 113, 100, 113, 125, 75, 74, 84, 91, 69, 118, 100, 84, 65, 94, 100, 117, 64, 70, 119, 117, 84, 97, 101, 65, 101, 78, 101, 89, 99, 123, 97, 124, 76, 66, 67, 114, 124, 115, 66, 107, 86, 85, 108, 75, 100, 71, 123, 126, 82, 65, 66, 122, 98, 66, 119, 98, 124, 103, 109, 120, 108, 69, 95, 122, 76, 83, 107, 104, 90, 121, 91, 75, 77, 97, 127, 88, 96, 83, 90, 108, 65, 127, 116, 82, 107, 95, 86, 99, 84, 113, 83, 75, 67, 110, 110, 124, 109, 70, 122, 125, 96, 123, 87, 74, 119, 95, 65, 90, 98, 91, 116, 113, 101, 113, 115, 107, 90, 81, 113, 66, 91, 98, 114, 101, 114, 66, 113, 78, 86, 103, 101, 77, 111, 109, 106, 98, 105, 87, 67, 109, 69, 108, 125, 102, 114, 85, 101, 121, 107, 90, 127, 121, 114, 96, 86, 92, 90, 121, 93, 100, 86, 125, 118, 101, 85, 78, 106, 119, 95, 83, 64, 75, 88, 70, 118, 120, 70, 91, 89, 89, 109, 67, 119, 82, 118, 89, 102, 69, 68, 88, 90, 68, 116, 78, 91, 108, 108, 119, 81, 69, 88, 87, 95, 112, 107, 109, 74, 87, 91, 82, 78, 127, 89, 89, 67, 69, 85, 87, 81, 123, 127, 119, 121, 125, 110, 107, 79, 81, 88, 74, 117, 111, 82, 99, 118, 78, 99, 105, 78, 64, 75, 91, 116, 126, 105, 88, 113, 111, 88, 121, 94, 76, 93, 73, 95, 76, 91, 99, 87, 118, 91, 109, 102, 115, 71, 95, 73, 121, 66, 87, 122, 125, 108, 92, 68, 80, 73, 66, 90, 88, 124, 97, 123, 113, 112, 68, 73, 74, 126, 117, 93, 100, 74, 115, 72, 127, 69, 92, 86, 111, 75, 119, 93]