Born in September 1986, Stella Mwangi aka STL realized her potential in music at the age of Six. Her interest in music resulted from racial discrimination she was subjected to following her family’s move from Kenya to Norway in 1991. Music made her feel good about herself and at the age of eight she could relate to Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, NWA and Salt & Pepper . In 1998, she worked with an African Youth group known as “The Rise” where they produced an album called “Maroon” which was released in Norway 2002 and had among its tracks the single ‘All about the Benjamin’. See details on http://www.theriseproject.com In 2005 STL and “The Rise” performed for Nelson Mandela while he was in Norway for an AIDS eradication campaign.
Since 2002, STL has been working with two production team; Rumblin Music and JayArr Music. Her Break into the African Hip Hop scene came in 2005 when she worked with a Senegalese Hip Hop group called Wagable in their Debut album, Senegal, produced by Rumblin Music. She was featured in two of their songs ‘Babylon’ and ‘Do it’ which topped the charts in Senegal and Gambia for several weeks. The album scooped the Best album of the year in Senegal for 2005. In Kenya STL has worked with top Hip Hop artists such as Mishelle, Abbas Kubaff ,Kantai and reggae artist Ousman. In 2006 she got five nominations in the Chaguo La teeniz Awards in Kenya. Then she had been in the Kenyan music scene for only three months. Though she did not win, it propelled her to win in the KISIMA Awards three months later for the Best new and Promising artist.
In December 2006, STL had a performance with MTV Alert in Nairobi, Kenya. She has curtain raised for International artists like Angelique Kidjo, Common, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Dead Prez and Public Enemy during their shows in Norway. Her songs, “Crazy”, “Feeling Love” and “Swing”, which she featured on produced by JayArr, was picked by the Position Music and Choice Tracks (based in L.A) as a soundtrack for the films Save the last dance 2, American pie 5, Redline and the series; CSI (New York) , LasVegas, Ghost whisperer and Army Wives. The summer of 2007, STL has had shows on festivals in Norway while working on her Debut album and is now out with the single ‘Take it back’ and it’s music video in Norway and in east Africa. STL is a hard working artist and is determined in realizing her dream as an international Hip Hop Artist.
Her debut album called ‘The Dreamer’ was released in 2008.
Read more on her website .http://www.stellamwangi.com/