Mbilia Bel — Phénomene

This 1988 recording by Mbilia Bel—the seminal, trailblazing Congolese singer—is a great if left-field example of why she is special. As her voice lilts atop the slightly arty and progressive soukous arrangements, can’t not feel like dancing/blissing. Voice like warm butter, guitars like sweet birds, super-dry minimal percussion, slap-bass accents. A less obvious Mbilia Bel tape that is just doing it for me at the moment.


Face A


Manzil Manzil

Cher Ami


Face B



Sans Frontiere


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January 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

Love this one!
(+ cheers from Lille : )

February 7, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Wow, what a wonderful sound. Thank you for this website! I’m really enjoying discovering these musicians :)

james shehzadareply
March 9, 2015 at 2:00 am

i love it…keep it up…thankyou for doing these things

Bruno Gabrielreply
January 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Speaking for myself and the rest of us who have spent hour on this website! We all appreciate the effort you have gone to provide us with all this, i am thoroughly enjoying surfing your page. A big thank you and bow of appreciation!

Bruno Gabriel – Angola

Mylene D’Aloiareply
January 31, 2016 at 10:45 am

Please release this one on LP!!! Thanks for your great work and for making us discover some new (old) music from Africa!

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August 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

Awesome job man! I ve been looking for these priceless ageless tunes from the masters of african super rhythm.

Marie-France Vodikulwakidireply
August 10, 2016 at 4:47 am

This is my childhood! Whoa!!!

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