Nayanka Bell

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Nayanka Bell
Birth name Louise de Marillac
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Agboville, Côte d'Ivoire
Genres Disco, funk
Occupation(s) Singer/Songwriter
Years active 1981–present

Nayanka Bell (born 1963 in Agboville, Côte d'Ivoire)[1] is an Ivorian singer who has released several albums, the earliest in 1984.

Biography[edit]

Bell's early work was inspired by the Francophone Caribbean, and although her native tongue is French, she sings in English.[1] Her debut album, Amio, was released in 1983, with styles ranging from funk and disco to ballads.[1] A second album in 1986, If You Came To Go, showed a greater Antillean influence.[1] Bell is considered one of the top female Ivorian singers.[2]

In 2000, she recorded a version of Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'aime... moi non plus", with Congolese singer Koffi Olomidé and performed it in front of 17,000 spectators at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.[3]

In April 2009, Bell was critically injured in a road accident, prompting rumours to spread that she had died.[4] She in fact survived the accident although her injuries were serious and required several operations.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • Just a Boogie (1983) SIIS
  • Amio (1984) Celluloid
  • Djama (1984) Celluloid
  • If You Came to Go (1986) Celluloid
  • Visa (1994) SLP Editions
  • Brin de Folie (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.23
  2. ^ Ham, Anthony, Bainbridge, James, & Bewer, Tim (2006) West Africa, Lonely Planet, ISBN 978-1-74059-771-5, p.262
  3. ^ Hebdo, Bamako (2008) "Nayanka Bell : Pourquoi on ne l'entend plus", Maliweb, 21 March 2008
  4. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire: Victime d'un accident dimanche - Nayanka Bell interdite de visite", Allafrica.com, 9 April 2009
  5. ^ Kader, Omar Abdel (2009) "Nayanka Bell: Elle va mieux", Top Visages, 18 April 2009