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M'bilia Bel

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M’bilia Bel is a Congolese soukous singer, known as the Queen of Congolese rhumba. She rose to fame after being discovered by Tabu Ley Rochereau.

Born and brought up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo M’bilia Bel became successful in the mid-1980s when she recorded and toured with Tabu Ley Rochereau, and made her own solo albums. The birth of her first child prompted her to take a break from performing, however, and after a last album with Ley in 1987, she moved to Paris. There she started working with guitarist Rigo Star, and between 1989 and 1990 she went on to tour the United States, the United Kingdom, and West Africa.

She has released 4 albums since 1990. Her most recent, Belissimo, was released in 2004. M’bilia continues to wear her crown as Queen of Congolese rumba.

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