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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bel Canto-Best Of Genidia.Years

Disc 1

1. Esqi Yo Wapi

2. Nadina

3. Boya Ye

4. Beate D'une Femme

5. Nazali Mwasi

6. Contre Ma Volonte

7. Nakeyi Nairobi

8. Balle A Terre

Disc 2

1. Wendenda

2. Lisanga Bambanda

3. Yamba Ngai

4. Ba Gerants Ya Mabala

5. Kelhia

6. Beyanga

7. Bokosami (Bofosani)

8. Faux Pas

9. Mpeve Ya Longo Bis

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Track List: Best Of Mbilia Bel: Cantos Essentials

1. Eswi Yo Wapi

2. Loyenge

3. Boyaye

4. Beyanga

5. Nadina

6. Kelhla

7. Yamba Ngai

8. Douceur

9. Ba Gerants Ya Mabala

10. Paka Wewe

11. Ba Jeu De Coin

12. Lisanga Bambanda

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BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN MUSIC
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I don't understand any word she is singing but I love every aspect of her music particularly nekeyi Nairobi. Her music reminds me how life used to be 35years ago. I am glad that we able to listen to these songs thousands of miles from home Africa,,,,,, , , mbelia bel I love you,,,,,,,,, , , , ?
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When I am listening mbilia bel music I feel I am in another world musical. I love so much mbilia bel
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Reminds me of my Late Dad used to love this Artist music
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Love that voice sweet sassy
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great job never end . thanks
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Glad to know she is still alive!
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gikarugarus
Beautiful she's never changed,musi c is awesome,memo r i e s and more k2
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Nairobi in me mind , I heart this track
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Simply beautiful! Cannot be imitated. Brings back wonderful memories of times spent in Mombasa as a child.
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The best one...
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Love your music so so much..though am from Ghana and dont understand what u r saying Mbilia...... . n i c e song
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That's what you call the definition of music.your truly blessed. Talented woman.
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One of geatest female African artist, If not the the greatest!
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mzikitele
Total nostalgia when I hear this. ....cool watering holes aka Nairobi
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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.
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estifilboudo
Love it
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Quelle belle voix.
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Nice one mama.
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I love your voice Bel
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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.
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A true African Godess of music
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African music is the source of my happiness with out I don't exist.
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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
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cshyn
Is this lingali language .
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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.
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Beautiful melody. It is a shame that a lot of our young artists today can only copy styles from other countries.
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That is very true life was graet then and music music
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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.
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With mbilia bel I don't think there could any colorful rumba dance. I grew up always dancing the best rythium of mama Bel.
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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
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Love her voice
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Her songs colored my childhood and always remind me of home. She's a classic!
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wonderful music
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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!
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Pandora connects me with my beloved Africa
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manoloportel a
EXELENTE MUSICA DESDE PUERTO RICO
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@She is awesome !!!! My mum (R.I.P) loved all her songs.....
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i love this music what language is that
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I remember my father when I play her
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this song bring up childhood memories
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cette dame nous faisait dancer sur ses belles melodies dans les annees 80-90
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jo241309
que belle voix!
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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.
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Me too...
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ntigey
I don't understand what she is saying but I love the music.. Ciao
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What memories...

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