Mbilia Bel ‘Belissimo’ Stern’s Africa

Follow up to 2001’s ‘Welcome’ and marking her return to Sterns this is delightful. It’s over 25 years since she first hit the scene , in the mid 80’s came the classic duets with Tabu Ley, here she duets with Kandia Kouyate on my favourite track ‘Droit a l’amour’ . This is an African diva in her element with her distinctive vocals at their best when set against some flowing guitar licks from Souzy Kasseya who also wrote a lot of the material. Graham Radley