M'Bilia Bel

Yalowa

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Congolese music is famous for stylish guitar playing and an intricate mix of melody and rhythm that manages to be both high-energy and laid-back. With Rigo Star, one of Africa's most influential and innovative guitarist/producers, at the helm, Yalowa showcases the very best of modern soukous music. As Paris-based musicians, Star, Mbilia Bel, and Vivick Matoua boast finely honed musical skills and pump out a delightful offering of polished, hip-winding tunes. From the dreamy title track to the sweetly flowing "Ya Bole" to the Latin overtones of "Lamara," this album presents the many variations of soukous to great effect.

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