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Bella Bellow

Georgette Adjoavi Bellow

Also known as Bella Below, Bella/ Bellow, Bella/Bellow

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# Cover Release title Total tracks Download mp3 album Release date Label fo release
1 Bella Bellow - Nye Dzi / La Foulou / Awoula / Blewu Nye Dzi / La Foulou / Awoula / Blewu 4 Bella Bellow - Nye Dzi / La Foulou / Awoula / Blewu mp3 1968 Akue
2 Bella Bellow - Zelie / Rockia Zelie / Rockia 2 Bella Bellow - Zelie / Rockia mp3 1968 Akue
3 Bella Bellow - Bem Bem / O Senye Bem Bem / O Senye 2 Bella Bellow - Bem Bem / O Senye mp3 1969 Akue
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Born on a Monday in 1945 in Tsévié, Togo, about 20 miles north of the capital city Lomé, to a Togolese father of Nigerian decent and a mother of Ghanaian origin, Georgette Adjoavi Bellow a.k.a. Bella Bellow is Togo's most celebrated singer/songwriter, performing her songs in both French and Ewe.

Making her first international appearance in 1966, representing Togo at the first World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, her country's favorite singer hooked up with the ambitious Paris-based Togolese producer [a=Gérard Akueson] in 1968, who set out to position her as the next [a=Miriam Makeba].

Akueson's aesthetic seemed to be based on the goal of packaging African music for upmarket European audiences, with snazzy arrangements, Broadway-ready choruses and Ipi Tombi-esque exotic ambience, as heard on [l=Akue] releases such as "Bem-Bem", "O Senye" and "Zelie".

Bellow parted ways with Akueson in 1971 and returned to Togo, but not before she recorded some grittier sides with [a=Manu Dibango], such as "Dasi Ko".

Tragically, Bella Bellow's meteoric rise was cut short in 1975, when she perished in an automobile crash at the age of 27. She has remained a sainted figure in the musical canon of Togo and also in neighboring Benin, where singers such as [a=Angélique Kidjo] cite her as a major influence.

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