MBILIA BEL

All disks by MBILIA BEL (11 releases)
Cat# STCD3037-38

BEL CANTO: BEST OF GENIDIA 1982-87

STERNS AFRICA


Released: 19 Nov 2007
Country: D.R.CONGO

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Price: £14.95



Crucial recordings of Mbilia Bel, the queen of Congolese music and one of the most popular pan-African stars throughout the 1980s selected from Tabu Ley's 'Genidia' label by Gerald Seligman with additional notes by Ken Braun, these recordings represent an artist at the peak of her career.

"Bel Canto is as much a retrospective of [Mbilia Bel] as it is of Afrisa in the 80s, when soukous had fully flourished,when increased production quality showed rhythms to bubble and crisp where before they'd only gently percolated....a smooth voice that flutters in upper ranges and croaks in lower, embodying its natural tensions. "

Mike Powell Pitchfork

"...a dynamic soprano voice that is powerful and feisty when handling upbeat material, and beautifully sweet and sensitive on slower ballads"

Martin Sinnock Songlines

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Track# / Song nametime 
CD1
01 Eswi Yo Wapi 09:03
02 Nadina Feat. Faya Tess 09:33
03 Boya Ye 07:36
04 La Beaute D'une Femme 11:36
05 Nazali Mwasi 08:52
06 Contre Ma Volonte 07:15
07 Nakeyi Nairobi 08:38
08 Balle A Terre 12:17
CD2
01 Wendenda 08:24
02 Lisanga Bambanda 06:52
03 Yamba Ngai 07:58
04 Ba Gerants Ya Mabala 07:34
05 Kelhia 07:26
06 Beyanga 09:29
07 Bokosami (A.K.A. Bofosani) 08:22
08 Faux Pas 12:51
09 Mpeve Ya Longo Bis 08:55

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